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Climate change and prospects for energy transformation to discuss in Sochi

Supporters of the ‘green’ scenario for the development of global energy are convinced that the energy of the sun, water and wind is sufficient to meet the demand for energy from the growing population of the planet. However, how realistic are these forecasts, and is traditional energy capable of presenting ways to achieve a carbon-free future? These questions will be answered by Thomas Blees, member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee. In his opinion, it is nuclear energy that will make it possible to achieve a carbon-free future and will become the ‘clean’ solution for existing energy problems. The expert will tell about the possibilities of nuclear energy and the current status of the global energy system in the context of climate challenges on February 12 at his lecture ‘Climate change and global development’. It will be the first lecture to be held within the International Sochi Energy Readings. The event is organized by the Global Energy Association, the Russian National Committee of the World Energy Council, and the Sirius University of Science and Technology with the support of the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the Roscongress Foundation.

Thomas Blees is widely known as one of the leading experts in the area of energy technologies. He is President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), engaged in advanced research in energy systems and climate. He is also actively involved in coordinating high-level international cooperation in the field of advanced nuclear energy systems and fuel cycle projects involving the United States, Russia, South Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom and other countries.

The International Sochi Energy Readings project for Russian schoolchildren and students was created as a part of Russia's preparations for the 25th World Energy Congress, which will be held in St. Petersburg in 2022. The main goals of the project are the formation of the agenda for the upcoming Congress and the promotion of the image of the energy industry among young people by demonstrating the latest domestic researches, promising developments in the energy sector and building direct communication between schoolchildren, students and leading world scientists, as well as employees of the fuel and energy complex.

Within the business program of the event, lectures of experts from world energy science will be held.
In addition to Thomas Blees, lectures will be presented by: Rodney John Allam (UK), the 2012 Global Energy Prize laureate; the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member; Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007; Rae Kwon Chung (South Korea), the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee Chairman; Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007; Valentin Parmon (Russia), the 2016 Global Energy Prize laureate; Chairman of the SB RAS; Sergey Alekseenko (Russia), the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Research Advisor, Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS; Ettore Bompard (Italy), Professor of the Polytechnic University of Turin; Uralov Diaz (Kazakhstan), Author of the development of remote control of the generator.

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