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IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts

IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts

Canada's electricity system is amongst the cleanest in the world, thanks to hydro and nuclear power, a policy review by the International Energy Agency has found. Launching the report on 13 January, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol praised Canada's leadership in the development of small modular reactors and expressed the agency's support for the Canadian government's "ambitious" clean energy transition.

Nuclear Policies 14 January 2022


Foratom proposes changes to Taxonomy CDA

Foratom proposes changes to Taxonomy CDA

European nuclear trade body Foratom has welcomed the decision of the European Commission to include nuclear within the sustainable finance taxonomy under certain conditions. However, it has provided the Commission with some suggestions for improvement, based on analysis of the leaked draft Complementary Delegated Act.

Energy & Environment 12 January 2022


EU needs 'colossal' investment in new nuclear, says commissioner

EU needs 'colossal' investment in new nuclear, says commissioner

Investment in nuclear power totalling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

Nuclear Policies 10 January 2022


Nuclear and gas criteria set for inclusion in EU taxonomy

Nuclear and gas criteria set for inclusion in EU taxonomy

The European Commission has released to member states for consultation a draft of the complementary Delegated Act of the EU Taxonomy Regulation covering certain gas and nuclear activities. The Commission notes that in light of respective assessments "it is necessary to recognise that the fossil gas and nuclear energy sectors can contribute to the decarbonisation of the Union's economy."

Energy & Environment 06 January 2022


Viewpoint: Nuclear energy is critical to Africa's agenda for sustainable development

Viewpoint: Nuclear energy is critical to Africa's agenda for sustainable development

Nuclear power can play a key part in addressing African energy poverty while mitigating against climate change and helping to solve the triple threats of poverty, inequality and unemployment, but policymakers, decision takers and the general public need to be educated on its benefits, says Princy Mthombeni.

Perspectives 06 January 2022


EU needs long-term operation of nuclear fleet, says Foratom

EU needs long-term operation of nuclear fleet, says Foratom

The long-term operation of the existing fleet of nuclear power reactors will help the European Union achieve its emission reduction targets at an affordable cost, according to European nuclear trade body Foratom. In an updated position paper, it says the LTO of existing units will help achieve the interim 2030 targets, reduce the EU's energy import dependency and support the integration of a higher share of renewables.

Energy & Environment 15 December 2021


Report reinforces nuclear's role in EU low-carbon energy system

Report reinforces nuclear's role in EU low-carbon energy system

A future low-carbon energy system based on variable renewables will require the backup of additional flexible capacity, according to an updated report commissioned by European nuclear trade body Foratom. It says nuclear provides a key competitive advantage as it is the only dispatchable, low-carbon and non-weather dependent technology which can support the energy system transition under secure conditions.

Energy & Environment 07 December 2021


Decarbonising nuclear supply chain logistics

Decarbonising nuclear supply chain logistics

Nuclear fuel cycle companies are taking steps to reduce their operational carbon emissions through recent announcements. Orano is partnering with freight rail operator Fret SNCF to develop its carbon-free transport in France and Europe; UK company Nuclear Transport Solutions' rail division has launched a new locomotive design to trial the use of a low-emission renewable alternative to diesel; and in Russia, ARMZ Mining Machinery has increased the use of battery-operated machinery at its Priargunsky mining operations.

Energy & Environment 07 December 2021


France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

The French government will need to take important decisions to ensure the country gets on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal, particularly in terms of plans to modernise its nuclear power fleet, according to the International Energy Agency. It said the country may need to delay the planned closure of its 12 oldest reactors by 2035 in order to ensure sufficient supply due to the slow pace of growth in renewable energy.

Nuclear Policies 01 December 2021


Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Nuclear energy offers a "golden opportunity" to create a cleaner and more equitable world, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said today at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. However, she noted there are three major challenges hindering the nuclear industry in making its full potential contribution towards sustainable development and combatting climate change: financing, perception and regulation.

Energy & Environment 30 November 2021