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NGOs call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

NGOs call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

A group of 46 non-governmental organisations from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Nuclear Policies 07 April 2021


US President includes nuclear in American Jobs Plan

US President includes nuclear in American Jobs Plan

US President Joseph Biden yesterday announced a USD2 trillion jobs, infrastructure and clean energy plan to reshape the country's economy. Among the proposed investments to tackle climate change, the American Jobs Plan calls for funding for the development of advanced nuclear reactors and for a clean electricity standard to leverage and incentivise more efficient use of the USA's existing fleet of reactors.

Nuclear Policies 01 April 2021


Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

The German government has reached an agreement with EOn, EnBW, RWE and Vattenfall on compensation for the forced premature closure of their nuclear power reactors. The utilities are set to receive a total of almost EUR2.5 billion (USD3.0 billion) in compensation after agreeing to drop all legal actions against the government related to the nuclear phaseout. The final regulation related to the compensation will be made into law by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 05 March 2021


Magnox Inquiry concludes NDA had 'optimism bias'

Magnox Inquiry concludes NDA had 'optimism bias'

The final report of an independent inquiry into the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's award of the Magnox decommissioning contract, related litigation and its subsequent termination has been published. Led by Steve Holliday, a former CEO of National Grid, the process to hold the Magnox Inquiry began in March 2017. Holliday was asked to conduct an inquiry by Greg Clark, then secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Corporate 05 March 2021


Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Granholm becomes US energy secretary

Jennifer Granholm has been sworn as the 16th US secretary of energy. The former governor of Michigan said the US Department of Energy has the solutions to tackle the climate emergency and the tools to put America on an "irreversible path" to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Energy & Environment 26 February 2021


Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Unions call for European taxonomy to include nuclear

Nuclear energy must be part of the European taxonomy in order to meet the objective of the Green Deal, thirteen trade unions representing energy and nuclear workers have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in a joint letter. Exclusion of nuclear power will not only have a negative impact on the European nuclear industry but also on electricity-intensive industries, they said.

Energy & Environment 04 February 2021


Biden nominee confirms opposition to Yucca Mountain

Biden nominee confirms opposition to Yucca Mountain

The Biden Administration opposes the use of Yucca Mountain for the storage of used nuclear fuel and is committed to developing "safe and workable" alternatives, US President Joe Biden's nominee for the position of energy secretary has said. Jennifer Granholm made her remarks at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing to consider her nomination, which was held on 27 January.

Nuclear Policies 29 January 2021


Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Energy & Environment 21 January 2021


UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference, with Kwasi Kwarteng replacing Sharma as secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The COP26 president will be based in the Cabinet Office, continuing as a full member of Cabinet, and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050 in the run up to COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November.

Energy & Environment 11 January 2021


Congress approves nuclear energy funding for FY2021

Congress approves nuclear energy funding for FY2021

The US Congress voted to approve appropriations for fiscal year 2021 that includes USD1.5 billion for the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy. The appropriations also include USD150 million to initiate the uranium reserve programme to address challenges to the production of domestic uranium.

Nuclear Policies 23 December 2020