Nuclear Waste and its role in fighting Climate Change
Date & Time
Thursday, November 3, 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Matthew Mairinger, P.Eng., PMP

As Climate Change becomes a more pressing issue, increasing nuclear to phase out fossil fuels is seen as a key mitigating factor (in all 4 illustrative IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) pathways that limit global warming to 1.5C warming, there is a substantial increase in nuclear energy). Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) represent the next generation of nuclear technology and will play a vital role in decarbonizing the energy section in Canada (and worldwide). Canada is positioned to become a global leader in the development and deployment of SMR technology with the recent announcement that OPG (Ontario Power Generation) and GE Hitatchi will collaborate to build a BWRX-300 SMR at the Darlington new nuclear site. The most significant impediments to achieving Canada new nuclear goals, is the publics perception of the negative societal impacts of nuclear waste. This prevalent and deeply rooted negative perception has been fostered over several decades by anti-nuclear groups, and reinforced in popular culture (e.g., The Simpsons). What is nuclear waste? What are the different types of waste and how are they managed? What are the new technologies and innovations being developed to deal with and reduce the amount? How does this waste compare to the waste from other forms of energy? This presentation will aim to answer these questions and de-mystify the largely publicized, but rarely analyzed, topic of nuclear waste.

Session Type
Engineering Solutions to the Climate Crisis