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UK needs policy action to meet net-zero target, reports says

UK needs policy action to meet net-zero target, reports says

The UK government's legally binding target for 'net-zero' emissions by 2050 is "undeliverable" unless clean growth policies are introduced, according to a parliamentary report published today by the cross-party science and technology committee.

Energy & Environment 22 August 2019


UK blackout proved need for diverse energy mix, says business secretary

UK blackout proved need for diverse energy mix, says business secretary

UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has set out the scope of the government's investigation into the power cut that affected a million homes and caused travel disruption across England and Wales on 9 August as generators cut off unexpectedly around 5.00pm. The National Grid said disconnections at the Bedfordshire-based Little Barford gas-fired power station and Hornsea offshore wind farm in Yorkshire had caused the blackout.

Energy & Environment 14 August 2019


Nuclear remains UK’s main low-carbon energy source, despite outages

Nuclear remains UK’s main low-carbon energy source, despite outages

The UK obtained 19% of its primary energy from low-carbon sources last year, with 39% of this from nuclear power, but this was 7% lower than in 2017 due to outages at Dungeness B and Hunterston B towards the end of 2018, official statistics published today show. Nuclear capacity was broadly the same as in 2017, at 9.3 GW.

Energy & Environment 25 July 2019


Foratom spells out benefits of long-term operation

Foratom spells out benefits of long-term operation

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has highlighted the importance of long-term operation of the existing fleet of nuclear power plants in a position paper published on 10 July. Ensuring the LTO of the European nuclear fleet will help Europe achieve its climate goals at an affordable cost, it says.

Energy & Environment 15 July 2019


Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukraine seeks to improve Chernobyl's image

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree that sets out plans to develop the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a site for tourism, including new walking trails and enhanced mobile phone reception.

Energy & Environment 12 July 2019


Lower nuclear projections threaten UK climate goal, report shows

Lower nuclear projections threaten UK climate goal, report shows

National Grid, which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, has reduced projections of nuclear capacity in its latest Future Energy Scenarios. However, more nuclear would be needed to achieve the UK's new net-zero climate change target.

Energy & Environment 11 July 2019


UK commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

UK commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

The UK has today become the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced.

Energy & Environment 27 June 2019


Nuclear industry calls for teamwork in meeting EU climate targets

Nuclear industry calls for teamwork in meeting EU climate targets

Representatives from the nuclear industry have today issued a manifesto outlining what steps need to be taken in order to achieve a decarbonised Europe by 2050. The target can be met, they say, but only if the European Union works in partnership with them.

Energy & Environment 26 June 2019


UK low-carbon power to outstrip fossil fuels this year

UK low-carbon power to outstrip fossil fuels this year

National Grid, which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, has forecast that, in 2019, more of Britain's power will be generated from zero-carbon sources than from fossil fuels for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.

Energy & Environment 21 June 2019


New Jersey unveils clean energy master plan

New Jersey unveils clean energy master plan

The US state of New Jersey has released its initial blueprint for the total conversion of its energy profile to 100% "clean energy" by 2050.

Energy & Environment 12 June 2019