Experts say energy justice must be part of fusion energy and sustainable construction

Written by
Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Feb. 28, 2024

Experts at a recent panel discussion said the environmental impact on communities, diversity in hiring and other energy justice considerations must be considered in the development of fusion energy and sustainable construction.

That was the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University speakers participating in a Jan. 24 panel discussion titled “Energy Justice and Sustainability” at Princeton University. The panel focused on the development of fusion energy as a clean and carbon-free way to generate electricity and on ways to make the concrete industry more sustainable.

Speakers included Arturo Dominguez, head of science education at PPPL; Claire White, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; and Andrew Zwicker, head of strategic relationships at PPPL.

Dominguez said energy justice should be part of the development of fusion energy. “If we really want to have an energy source for everyone that doesn’t contribute to pollution, that actually helps all communities, we have to take into account who’s getting the energy and where fusion energy power plants are sited,” he said.

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