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Uzbekistan unveils low-carbon energy strategy

Uzbekistan unveils low-carbon energy strategy

The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan has announced the development of a national Low-Carbon Energy Strategy with assistance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and international consulting company Corporate Solutions. Uzbekistan plans to develop alternative energy sources, including solar, hydro and wind, to produce electricity with low-carbon emissions. Uzbekistan also plans to build Central Asia’s first nuclear power plant, to provide the country with "uninterrupted and high-quality electricity on an industrial scale", the ministry said.

Energy & Environment 28 May 2020


Uzbekistan plans route to cleaner electricity mix

Uzbekistan plans route to cleaner electricity mix

Uzbekistan's Ministry of Energy has published a detailed 'Concept Note' outlining its strategy on electrical generation to the year 2030. The document anticipates a sharp reduction in the country's reliance on gas-fired power generation from the current 83% to 50%, and sets goals for new nuclear, solar and wind power production of 15%, 8% and 7%, respectively.

Energy & Environment 06 May 2020


Invest in nuclear for a clean economic recovery

Invest in nuclear for a clean economic recovery

"Governments need to take urgent action to ensure that the recovery from the economic effects of the coronavirus brings long-lasting good," World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising said today. Her message concurs with sentiment expressed at the 11th Petersberg Climate Dialogue this week, that governments must ensure their efforts to stimulate the world economy must also strengthen the fight against climate change.

Energy & Environment 29 April 2020


NGOs demand place for nuclear in EU Taxonomy

NGOs demand place for nuclear in EU Taxonomy

A group of more than 100 scientists and environmentalists have written to the European Commission calling for a "timely and just assessment" of nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy. The letter was sent by Satu Helynen, acting president of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform, and addressed to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and to two European Commission vice-presidents, Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans.

Energy & Environment 29 April 2020


Indian Point closure during pandemic is wrong, says climate group

Indian Point closure during pandemic is wrong, says climate group

US-based Climate Coalition is urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to suspend the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, due to take place later this month. Closing the plant now will add unnecessarily to New York City's vulnerability as state resources are stretched dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the group says.

Energy & Environment 20 April 2020


Europe needs nuclear energy, says new Foratom president

Europe needs nuclear energy, says new Foratom president

"It is important to ensure that nuclear energy is treated on an equal footing with other low-carbon energy sources by EU decision makers," says Esa Hyvärinen, the new president of Brussels-based industry group Foratom. Nuclear, he says, will play an important role in meeting the bloc's climate targets.

Energy & Environment 17 April 2020


Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

Ukrainian President reassured of end to forest fire

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine needs a "few more days" to extinguish the smouldering remnants of a fire "in and around" the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the head of organisation, Mykola Chechotkin, told President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a daily conference call today. According to a statement from the President's Office, Zelenskyy has been receiving daily updates on the situation.

Energy & Environment 14 April 2020


Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

Ukraine confirms no change to radiation levels from forest fire

A forest fire on the western tip of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has not affected background radiation levels, state authorities said today.

Energy & Environment 06 April 2020


Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development

Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development

Russia's Ministry for Economic Development last week published a draft strategy for low-carbon development to 2050. The strategy's basic scenario would see nuclear output grow from 203 TWh in 2017 to 225 TWh in 2030 and 260 TWh in 2050.

Energy & Environment 01 April 2020


UK must address generation gap in support for nuclear, study shows

UK must address generation gap in support for nuclear, study shows

There is a low level of awareness among young people in the UK that nuclear power is a low-carbon source of energy, according to research commissioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This shows that the government needs to ensure that nuclear is included in all its communications about low-carbon power and energy sources, IMechE said.

Energy & Environment 16 March 2020