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World Energy Council notes key role of nuclear power

Energy and Environment

12 October 2016

Unexpectedly high growth in the renewable energy market, in terms of investment, new capacity and high growth rates in developing countries have contributed to a change in the energy landscape, the latest World Energy Resources report released by the World Energy Council today shows. However, it says nuclear energy "is increasingly seen as a means to add large scale baseload power generation while limiting the amount of greenhouse gas emissions".

SMRs may lead the way to nuclear standardisation, says lawyer

Regulation and Safety

26 September 2016

Licensing small modular reactors "presents a new opportunity for standardisation" in the nuclear power industry, Vanessa Jakovich, counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, told delegates at the World Nuclear Association’s 41st Annual Symposium in London on 16 September.

Bloomberg sees 60% rise in nuclear generating capacity by 2040

Energy and Environment

15 July 2016

Nuclear generating capacity will grow by some 60% by 2040, but its share of total installed capacity will decrease from 5% in 2015 to 4%, according to the latest annual forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In its New Energy Outlook 2016, Bloomberg also says continued low gas and coal prices will not derail the advance of renewable energy sources and zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of global installed generating capacity by 2040.

Nuclear 'vital' to Sustainable Development Goals

Energy and Environment

29 September 2016

Agneta Rising - IAEA GC 2016 - 48Nuclear energy is relevant to "almost all" of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted last year by the United Nations General Assembly, World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today. Rising spoke during the Scientific Forum of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 60th General Conference being held this week in Vienna.

Achieving 1000 GWe of new capacity by 2050

Nuclear Policies

16 September 2016

The nuclear industry can achieve the momentum required to create an additional 1000 GWe of new capacity by 2050, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association, said yesterday. This target is essential, she said, if the world is to ensure the International Energy Agency's 2 Degree Scenario on climate change.

Climate goals call for speedier expansion of nuclear power

Energy and Environment

22 June 2016

Despite challenging market conditions, the global nuclear industry delivered a strong operating performance and improvements in construction times of new reactors in 2015, according to a new report from the World Nuclear Association. The report says that if the world is to meet its climate change targets then the rate of new build will need to accelerate.