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Lower nuclear projections threaten UK climate goal, report shows

Lower nuclear projections threaten UK climate goal, report shows

National Grid, which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, has reduced projections of nuclear capacity in its latest Future Energy Scenarios. However, more nuclear would be needed to achieve the UK's new net-zero climate change target.

Energy & Environment 11 July 2019


UK failing its own climate ambition, report says

UK failing its own climate ambition, report says

The UK government must show it is serious about its legal obligations to tackle and prepare for climate change, the independent Committee on Climate Change said today as it published its Reducing UK emissions - 2019 Progress Report to Parliament.

Nuclear Policies 10 July 2019


Viewpoint: Building a belief in nuclear, financially and emotionally

Viewpoint: Building a belief in nuclear, financially and emotionally

There are two misleading narratives about nuclear energy: one, that it is the sole answer to tomorrow’s energy and climate challenges; the other, that it could - and perhaps even should - disappear entirely. The truth is of course somewhere between the two - but what's certain is that nuclear, like every sector of the energy industry, must earn its place in the energy mix of the future, writes Rob Whittleston, VP of Insight at the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory.

Perspectives 08 July 2019


UK completes first steps in Geological Disposal Programme

UK completes first steps in Geological Disposal Programme

The UK has completed the initial actions set out in the 2014 White Paper on implementing geological disposal, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced. Those actions were: developing land-use planning processes; preparing to work with communities; and national geological screening.

Waste & Recycling 02 July 2019


Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Foundation in place for first Hinkley Point C unit

Construction of the concrete basemat has been completed for the nuclear island of the first of two EPR units at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, England. The major milestone came as the Confederation of British Industry called for the UK government to support the construction of more new reactors.

New Nuclear 28 June 2019


UK commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

UK commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

The UK has today become the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced.

Energy & Environment 27 June 2019


UK and China team up on environmental protection

UK and China team up on environmental protection

UK-based research and development company Innovative Physics Ltd and China Environmental Protection Company Ltd have signed an agreement on technologies and skills to further improve the safety of nuclear power plants in China and overseas.

Regulation & Safety 24 June 2019


UK low-carbon power to outstrip fossil fuels this year

UK low-carbon power to outstrip fossil fuels this year

National Grid, which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, has forecast that, in 2019, more of Britain's power will be generated from zero-carbon sources than from fossil fuels for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.

Energy & Environment 21 June 2019


UK’s low-carbon transition needs nuclear technologies, says ETI report

UK’s low-carbon transition needs nuclear technologies, says ETI report

New nuclear plants are well-placed to form a major part of an affordable low-carbon transition in the UK, the Energy Technologies Institute says in a report it published today. It is the latest from the ETI's Nuclear Cost Drivers project, which it launched in October 2017.

Nuclear Policies 19 June 2019


UK researchers develop semi-automatic robots

UK researchers develop semi-automatic robots

Engineers at Lancaster University are developing computer systems for robots handling hazardous nuclear waste. The software will make the robots semi-autonomous - simplifying human control, which has to be done remotely due to the highly radioactive environments in which the robots operate.

Waste & Recycling 13 June 2019