Related Topic: Politics

Nuclear societies call for COP26 to support nuclear

Nuclear societies call for COP26 to support nuclear

Over 100 nuclear societies around the globe have called for world leaders to "follow the science" and recognise that nuclear energy output must at least double by 2050 to meet global net-zero targets. The call comes ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties being held in Glasgow from 1-12 November this year.

Energy & Environment 02 June 2021


UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

Kwasi Kwarteng, British secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, highlighted the role of nuclear power in a statement to the House of Commons this week to mark six months since the publication of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. During the subsequent debate, Members of Parliament quizzed Kwarteng on the government's commitment to nuclear new build.

Nuclear Policies 21 May 2021


Energoatom official becomes Ukraine's new energy minister

Energoatom official becomes Ukraine's new energy minister

Herman Halushchenko, vice president of development at Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom, has been appointed the country's new energy minister, following approval yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Halushchenko received support from 305 lawmakers in the 450-seat chamber. The ministry had been under a caretaker minister since the collapse of the previous government in March 2020.

Nuclear Policies 30 April 2021


Biden urged to preserve US nuclear fleet

Biden urged to preserve US nuclear fleet

Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee Joe Manchin has urged President Joe Biden to support the continued operation of the USA's civil nuclear fleet and prevent further plant closures. In a 20 April letter to the President, Manchin said that preventing the closure of existing nuclear plants is critical to achieving emission reductions and grid reliability.

Nuclear Policies 22 April 2021


Nuclear to be included in Delegated Act of EU taxonomy

Nuclear to be included in Delegated Act of EU taxonomy

The European Commission today announced its decision to include nuclear energy in a complementary Delegated Act of the EU Taxonomy Regulation. The decision follows the recent publication of the Joint Research Centre's report confirming nuclear is as sustainable as other taxonomy-compliant energy technologies.

Energy & Environment 21 April 2021


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