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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


Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Sellafield launches repackaging of plutonium canisters

Work has started on a five-year GBP1 billion (USD1.21 billion) programme to address an identified degradation risk in a small proportion of plutonium canisters stored at Sellafield in northwest England and dating from about 50 years ago. The start has been announced with the opening and repackaging of one such can for the first time.

Waste & Recycling 15 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


UK to abolish visa caps for leading scientists

UK to abolish visa caps for leading scientists

The UK plans to make it easier for scientists from overseas to work and live in the country following its departure from the European Union. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the "fast-track visa route" during his visit yesterday to the Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, England.

Nuclear Policies 09 August 2019


UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power

UK’s new premier promises boost for nuclear power

Boris Johnson expressed his "passionate" support for nuclear power when he addressed the House of Commons for the first time as UK prime minister yesterday. Seven of the country’s eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030, while new-build projects have faced financial uncertainty over the last two years.

Nuclear Policies 26 July 2019


Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

Atkins contracted for Sizewell C preparatory work

UK-based engineering company Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded a GBP5.0 million (USD6.2 million) contract for the enabling works basic design at the Sizewell C site. It will be the first programme of construction work to start at the proposed twin-EPR nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England.

New Nuclear 25 July 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


UK considers Regulated Asset Base model to finance new nuclear

UK considers Regulated Asset Base model to finance new nuclear

The UK has opened for consultation its assessment of a new financing model aimed at reducing the cost of new nuclear power plant projects by having consumers pay upfront through their energy bills. A solution is needed urgently because nuclear energy is seen as a vital part of the government's commitment to cutting the country's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Seven of the UK's eight existing nuclear plants are set to be retired by 2030.

Nuclear Policies 23 July 2019


UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

UK commits funding to Rolls-Royce SMR

Rolls-Royce has today welcomed the UK government's decision to advance its small modular reactor programme. The government says it will commit GBP18.0 million (USD22.4 million) of initial funds to support the development of the power plant as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, subject to final confirmation in the early autumn.

New Nuclear 23 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