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Academy highlights contradiction in French policy

Energy and Environment

21 April 2017

France cannot achieve a significant reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production while also reducing the share of nuclear in its energy mix, the country's Academy of Sciences says.

Nuclear needed for Europe's clean energy transition

Energy and Environment

18 April 2017

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has today published a position paper on the European Commission's 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package of measures for a clean energy transition. The organisation says the EU's aim to decarbonise the economy by more than 80% by 2050 cannot be achieved without nuclear power.

Energy sector emissions maintained for third year

Energy and Environment

17 March 2017

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions - the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions - stayed flat for the third consecutive year in 2016, the International Energy Agency announced. This was despite an expansion in the global economy.

Reactor suppliers face governance challenge

Nuclear Policies

20 April 2017

The nuclear governance system is facing an "unprecedented challenge" as traditional nuclear suppliers that have "built the backbone" of the safety, security, and non-proliferation regime face new competition to provide technology to emerging nations, according to a policy report by the Global Nexus Initiative. The GNI, which is co-sponsored by the Partnership for Global Security and the Nuclear Energy Institute, plans to publish the report, Evolving Nuclear Governance for a New Era, on 2 May.

US climate and energy policies repealed

Energy and Environment

29 March 2017

Trump - Energy Independence exec order - 48A swathe of energy policies and regulations introduced by the Obama administration was deleted yesterday with the signing of an Energy Independence Policy Executive Order by US President Donald Trump. Among other things, the order repeals the Environmental Protection Agency's 2015 Clean Power Plan.

France needs nuclear for energy transition, says SFEN

Energy and Environment

23 February 2017

The French Nuclear Society says the country needs to maintain its nuclear power generation capacity to raise the share of electricity from renewable sources without increasing the cost of electricity production. In a white paper it suggests ways in which this can be achieved.