In this inspiring episode, we discuss how to achieve a practical, global-scale solution to the very biggest issue facing humanity – climate change.

Jaimie Johnston MBE, Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood, hosts Kirsty Gogan, Founding Director and co-CEO of Terra Praxis. Kirsty's extensive background in climate scale solutions and nuclear energy advocacy brings a fresh perspective on decarbonizing the world's toughest sectors. Join us as they explore the role of advanced nuclear technologies, the potential for repurposing existing infrastructure for cleaner energy, and the innovative approaches needed to tackle climate change. 

Click the 'play button' above to listen in, or read our 5 Key Takeaways from Kirsty Gogan's episode below...

1: Advanced Nuclear Technologies:

Kirsty Gogan discusses the potential of advanced nuclear technologies, including small modular reactors and advanced heat sources, to significantly contribute to decarbonizing the global energy sector. These technologies can be more compact and manufactured in factories, offering a scalable and financially feasible solution compared to traditional large-scale nuclear projects.

2. Repowering Coal:

A significant focus of the episode is on the 'REPOWER' project, where existing coal plants are repurposed by replacing coal boilers with advanced nuclear heat sources. This approach leverages existing infrastructure and transmission lines, drastically reducing the need for new construction and minimizing community disruption.

3. Global Energy Demand and Infrastructure:

The discussion highlights the increasing global energy demand, particularly from developing countries, and the challenges associated with meeting these needs while reducing emissions. Emphasis is placed on the necessity of a diverse energy portfolio to ensure reliable and sustainable energy access worldwide.

4. Climate Scale Solutions and Decarbonisation Strategies:

Terra Praxis, co-founded by Kirsty Gogan, is dedicated to developing and implementing high-impact solutions to decarbonize sectors that are difficult to abate. This includes not just power generation but also industrial processes and transportation through innovative uses of nuclear technology.

5. Political and Social Implications:

The podcast touches on the political and social challenges associated with transitioning from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources. There is a discussion about the need for bipartisan support and social acceptance to repower coal plants, highlighting the potential for job preservation and economic benefits in communities dependent on these plants.

These takeaways reflect the podcast's discussion on the role of innovative nuclear technologies and strategic repurposing of infrastructure in achieving decarbonization and addressing the pressing energy demands of the future.