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UNECE workshop hears nuclear has key role in hydrogen production

UNECE workshop hears nuclear has key role in hydrogen production

Nuclear energy can be used to produce low-carbon hydrogen via several efficient processes, King Lee of the World Nuclear Association told a workshop yesterday organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Speaking as chairman of the UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems, Lee said nuclear energy will play an important role as part of a low-carbon energy mix for the transition to net zero.

Energy & Environment 25 March 2021


Brazil to complete Angra 3 finance package in 18 months, says BNDES director

Brazil to complete Angra 3 finance package in 18 months, says BNDES director

Leonardo Mendes Cabral, director of privatisations at Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development, says he expects a financing arrangement to finish unit 3 of the Angra nuclear power plant will be ready by the end of next year. BNDES is one of the biggest providers of financing for infrastructure projects in Brazil, and also played a role in financing nuclear energy in the past.

Energy & Environment 22 March 2021


Taxonomies must reflect climate goals, says Orano CEO

Taxonomies must reflect climate goals, says Orano CEO

Political wrangling over the classification of nuclear energy in taxonomies contradicts the low-carbon ambition of the Paris Agreement, Philippe Knoche, CEO of Orano, said last week during World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance. Knoche was joined on the panel by representatives of the International Monetary Fund, Rothschild & Co, Brazil's National Bank for Economic and Social Development, Banque de France and the Network for Greening the Financial System, who all said investment in new nuclear projects requires political consensus that is currently absent from some debates on sustainable finance.

Energy & Environment 23 March 2021


Help central banks measure climate risk, says NGFS

Help central banks measure climate risk, says NGFS

Greening the financial system involves looking beyond reference scenarios and towards tools that measure exposure to climate risk, Morgan Després, deputy head of the Financial Stability Department at Banque de France, said yesterday during World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance. Després, who leads the secretariat of the Network for Greening the Financial System, said a bank's traditional mandate will change as it re-evaluates the boundaries of monetary policy. To help with this process, a 'colour continuum' from light green to dark brown is needed to understand better the value - and risk - of investments in the clean energy transition.

Energy & Environment 19 March 2021


IMF lead evaluator: Aligning the stars for clean energy

IMF lead evaluator: Aligning the stars for clean energy

Greening our economies is not just smart for the planet; most likely it is also the surest and cheapest route back to a prosperous global economy. This is the conclusion of a working paper the International Monetary Fund will publish tomorrow, one of its co-authors said today during World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance. The virtual conference examined the measures needed to ensure nuclear energy can make its fullest contribution to the twin goals of decarbonisation and economic recovery from the pandemic.

Energy & Environment 18 March 2021


UNECE provides pathways for nuclear energy to support sustainable development

UNECE provides pathways for nuclear energy to support sustainable development

Nuclear energy can be a critical component of a decarbonised energy system for those member states that choose to consider it as part of their sustainable development and climate change strategy, the UN Economic Commission for Europe says in a new report. The report shows how the utilisation of local or regional uranium resources can provide a platform for sustainable development.

Energy & Environment 12 March 2021


Bilbao y Léon: Policy needs to match possibility to achieve SDGs

Bilbao y Léon: Policy needs to match possibility to achieve SDGs

Government policies should recognise the potential of nuclear energy if the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Léon told the Asian Business Leadership Forum. Speaking at ABLF's Sixth Conclave, which was held on 9 March, Bilbao y Léon set out her vision of how nations can maximise the use of nuclear power to help achieve the SDGs.

Energy & Environment 11 March 2021


Viewpoint: Nuclear can weather any storm

Viewpoint: Nuclear can weather any storm

The ability of nuclear energy to stabilise electricity systems and secure the grid is all the more essential in an increasingly unpredictable weather world, write Bryan Hanson, executive vice president and chief generation officer at Exelon, Bohdan Zronek, chief nuclear officer at ČEZ Group, and Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 16 March 2021


Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

Anniversary: Reflecting on the impacts of Fukushima Daiichi

The slow-down in the development of nuclear energy globally, as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, poses dire consequences for our fight against climate change, global human health and the resilience of global electricity systems, writes Sama Bilbao y León, director general of World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 09 March 2021


The barrier to nuclear is perception, says panel

The barrier to nuclear is perception, says panel

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Nuclear Policies 31 December 2020