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Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power - focuses on the issue of energy security and the important contributions that nuclear power can make towards maintaining and strengthening it as energy systems decarbonise, both along the various transition pathways that energy systems have started upon and at their eventual low-carbon endpoint.

Energy & Environment 29 July 2021


Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Energy & Environment 27 July 2021


US benchmarking study reflects decarbonisationefforts

US benchmarking study reflects decarbonisation efforts

Carbon dioxide emissions from the USA's 100 largest power producers fell 10% between 2019 and 2020, according to the latest in a series of benchmarking studies dating back to 1997. Nuclear accounted for over half of the zero-carbon resources which together generated about 38% of US electricity in 2020.

Energy & Environment 21 July 2021


Sustainable recovery receiving 'inadequate attention', says IEA

Sustainable recovery receiving 'inadequate attention', says IEA

The International Energy Agency today launched its Sustainable Recovery Tracker that monitors governments' fiscal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and estimates their impact on clean energy investments and global CO2 emissions. The new online tool is a contribution to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy, which takes place in Naples on 22 and 23 July under the presidency of Italy.

Energy & Environment 20 July 2021


Emissions set to rise with growth in coal use, says IEA

Emissions set to rise with growth in coal use, says IEA

After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency. However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Energy & Environment 15 July 2021


Nuclear answers the open questions of Fit for 55, says Foratom

Nuclear answers the open questions of Fit for 55, says Foratom

Foratom has welcomed the European Commission's proposed Fit for 55 to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies 'fit' for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, but says the target leaves open key questions. How will be this transition financed? Will we have enough low-carbon energy to meet our needs? How can we ensure that industries are able to decarbonise their manufacturing processes whilst remaining competitive? And how can we mitigate potential social impacts (e.g. job losses and energy poverty)?

Energy & Environment 15 July 2021


UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

A new report published today by the UK's Nuclear Sector Deal’s Innovation Group presents a series of recommendations for realising the opportunity of zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear energy. Its findings follow a Nuclear Hydrogen Roundtable event, which brought together over 80 experts and industry leaders from across the hydrogen value chain.

Energy & Environment 14 July 2021


MEPs call on EC to recognise nuclear as sustainable

MEPs call on EC to recognise nuclear as sustainable

Nearly 100 Members of the European Parliament have called on the European Commission "to follow the science" and include nuclear under the EU's Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. According to a letter sent to Commissioners and published by European nuclear trade body Foratom, the MEPs urge them "to choose the path that their scientific experts have now advised them to take", namely to include nuclear power in the EU's Taxonomy on Sustainable Finance.

Energy & Environment 09 July 2021


Nuclear energy faces hurdles to be included in clean energy investments

Nuclear energy faces hurdles to be included in clean energy investments

Nuclear energy has been excluded from the UK government's Green Financing Framework, while several EU Member States have written to the European Commission to oppose nuclear's inclusion in the bloc's green taxonomy.

Energy & Environment 02 July 2021


IAEA 'encouraged and enthusiastic' about COP26, says Grossi

IAEA 'encouraged and enthusiastic' about COP26, says Grossi

The International Atomic Energy Agency is better prepared for the UN COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November than it was for COP25, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said in an interview. He called on world leaders to recognise the hard facts about nuclear energy and the contribution it can make to tackling climate change.

Energy & Environment 30 June 2021