Energy and Environment rss

Policy change needed to raise nuclear capacity: IEA

06 June 2017

The International Energy Agency says clear and consistent policy support is needed if nuclear power is to significantly expand its contribution to the global transition to clean energy sources. Policies are required to address uncertainties in investing in new nuclear power plants and to avoid the premature closure of existing reactors, the Paris-based agency says in its annual report, Energy Technology Perspectives 2017.

Academy highlights contradiction in French policy

21 April 2017

France cannot achieve a significant reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases from electricity production while also reducing the share of nuclear in its energy mix, the country's Academy of Sciences says.

US climate and energy policies repealed

29 March 2017

Trump - Energy Independence exec order - 48A swathe of energy policies and regulations introduced by the Obama administration was deleted yesterday with the signing of an Energy Independence Policy Executive Order by US President Donald Trump. Among other things, the order repeals the Environmental Protection Agency's 2015 Clean Power Plan.

USA to 'renegotiate' Paris Agreement

02 June 2017

The USA is to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, with the aim of renegotiating its contribution, President Donald Trump has announced. The global reaction has been a mixture of dismay and determination to follow through on Paris commitments.

Nuclear needed for Europe's clean energy transition

18 April 2017

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has today published a position paper on the European Commission's 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package of measures for a clean energy transition. The organisation says the EU's aim to decarbonise the economy by more than 80% by 2050 cannot be achieved without nuclear power.

Energy sector emissions maintained for third year

17 March 2017

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions - the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions - stayed flat for the third consecutive year in 2016, the International Energy Agency announced. This was despite an expansion in the global economy.