WELCOME ADDRESS FROM ALEXEY LIKHACHEV, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF ROSATOM STATE ATOMIC ENERGY CORPORATION, TO THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ATOMEXPO 2017
Dear participants and guests of the IX International Forum ATOMEXPO 2017!
Environmental improvement and the reduction of carbon emissions is one of the most urgent topics in today’s world. For already more than a year, the global energy market has been operating on the principles of the Paris Agreement on combating climate change.
Our goal is to ensure that nuclear energy is an essential component of the future carbon-free energy balance. Thanks to new safety and environmental sustainability standards and the current trend towards implementing a closed fuel cycle, we can safely say that nuclear power is one of the “greenest” forms of energy to date.
Nevertheless, we must continue to improve the technologies, safety and economic attractiveness of this form of generation. These are the aspects we are planning to discuss at ATOMEXPO 2017, in order to develop joint approaches toward this issue.
Special attention will be given to such trends as additive technologies, robotics, flexible control systems and digital technologies.
I would also like to note that one of the three Forum days has been declared as the Youth Day. All of the events on that day will be dedicated to schoolchildren and students. Given the pace of global changes and the scale of tasks faced by the nuclear industry, young specialists with fresh ideas will undoubtedly be in high demand.
I wish all Forum participants plenty of interesting and vivid discussions, new meetings and positive professional communication!
Alexey Likhachev Director General Rosatom State Corporation