Sweden faces future without nuclear

01 October 2014

Sweden may be facing the phase out of nuclear power following agreement by the country's Social Democrats and their junior coalition partner, the Green Party, to set up an energy commission tasked with achieving a 100% renewable electricity system.

Sweden's outgoing centre-right governing coalition of four parties agreed in 2009 that new reactors could be built to replace ageing ones. Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven had said that nuclear power would be needed for "the foreseeable future", while the Greens want to see more of Sweden's reactors closed in the next four years.

Lofven said in a statement today: "Sweden has very good potential to expand renewable energy through our good access to water, wind and forests. In time, Sweden will have an energy system with 100% renewable energy."

Path mapped to WIPP reopening

01 October 2014

WIPP at sunrise 48The USA's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) transuranic waste disposal facility will resume limited waste disposal operations in early 2016 under a stepwise approach set out in a newly released recovery plan. The facility has been out of action following two incidents earlier this year.

Regulators group responds to Fukushima

01 October 2014

New nuclear safety reference levels have been published by the Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (Wenra) as part of its response to the Fukushima accident.

Loan guarantee solicitation for advanced nuclear

30 September 2014

The US Department of Energy has announced a significant step to help meet America's future low-carbon goals with the release by its Loan Programs Office of a draft $12.6 billion loan guarantee solicitation for advanced nuclear energy projects.


Wylfa cleared for continued operation

01 October 2014

Wylfa 1 (Magnox) 48Wylfa unit 1 - the world's last operating Magnox reactor - will be able to continue generating electricity until the end of 2015 after the UK nuclear regulator approved the plant's latest periodic safety review.

Nuclenor submits Garoña restart plan

01 October 2014

Garona landscape 48The operator of Spain's Garoña nuclear power plant, Nuclenor, has submitted documents to the country's nuclear regulator detailing how it plans to meet a series of requirements for the plant's restart.

Tepco, Sellafield agree to share experience

30 September 2014

UK at Fukushima 48A formal cooperation agreement has been signed between Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and the UK's Sellafield Ltd. It follows the earlier signing of an initial cooperation statement between the two companies.


COP 21 will need to prove that the international community has not failed on climate change, writes Jonathan Cobb.

In 2009, world leaders met in Copenhagen - along with 40,000 civil servants, NGOs and journalists - in what was described as a vital conference in progressing beyond the Kyoto Protocol in the fight against climate change. The leaders agreed to make pledges that were far less effective than they needed to be, while most of the NGOs found themselves locked out due to overcrowding. Coupled with the controversy over the Climategate emails, these failings produced the perfect storm to seed growing scepticism over climate change.

Since then, the annual UNFCCC COP/MOP meetings have continued each year with far less fanfare and little obvious progress. And despite the global financial crisis that took people's minds off the long-term threat of climate change and refocused them on the more pressing economic trials, global emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to rise. 


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