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Study warns of worsening UK electricity supply gap

26 January 2016

The UK government's policy to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025, combined with the retirement of the majority of the country's ageing nuclear fleet and growing electricity demand will leave the UK facing a 40-55% electricity supply gap, according to a new report published today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Low-carbon market signals needed to tackle climate change

09 December 2015

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, said today that governments serious about nuclear power should find the right frameworks to attract investors in order to overcome the challenges of large investments in liberalised markets.

Academics at Paris talks make plea for nuclear power

04 December 2015

James_Hansen_(JCobb)_48Four leading climate scientists called for a major expansion of nuclear power as an essential measure to avoid dangerous man-made climate change over the next century. Speaking at the COP21 climate conference in Paris yesterday, James Hansen, Tom Wigley, Ken Caldeira and Kerry Emanuel urged world leaders to ensure that nuclear power is deployed alongside renewables.

Climate conference reaches agreement

14 December 2015

Paris_Agreement_(UNFCCC)_48UPDATED Nations meeting at the United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris yesterday adopted a universal agreement on actions to combat climate change to keep the increase in global temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Nuclear important for sustainable energy future, says IAEA

08 December 2015

Mikhail_Chudakov_COP21_(IAEA-D_Shropshire)_48International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) deputy director general Mikhail Chudakov has called on world leaders to consider nuclear power as an important contributor to a sustainable energy future at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.

WEC sees progress in meeting energy trilemma

11 November 2015

There have been overall improvements across the three dimensions of the energy trilemma - energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability - the latest Energy Trilemma Index from the World Energy Council suggests. However, WEC said countries face challenges in developing a balanced approach to their energy policy.