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Abu Dhabi launches clean energy certificate scheme

Abu Dhabi launches clean energy certificate scheme

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has issued a regulatory policy for implementing a clean energy certificates scheme it says will cater to a growing appetite among businesses and consumers to contribute to the fight against climate change. The scheme provides an accreditation system based on internationally recognised standards and lays the foundations for a market for trading renewable and nuclear energy attributes.

Energy & Environment 22 September 2021


Leaders gather for pre-COP climate forum

Leaders gather for pre-COP climate forum

With 44 days to go until the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, leaders from ten nations plus the European Commission, European Council and United Nations last week joined US President Joe Biden in a closed-door forum at which they underscored the urgency of strengthening climate ambition ahead of COP26 and beyond. The USA and the EU also announced a Global Methane Pledge to cut global methane pollution by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030 through collective action.

Energy & Environment 20 September 2021


GIF highlights nuclear's ESG attributes

GIF highlights nuclear's ESG attributes

Nuclear energy, as an asset class, has the potential to report well against a wide range of Environmental, Social and Governance data collection and accounting metrics, according to a new report from the Generation IV International Forum. This should allow nuclear energy to be considered as an investable asset class, thereby allowing nuclear companies and projects to access climate finance.

Energy & Environment 07 September 2021


Ontario faces growing electricity supply gap, study finds

Ontario faces growing electricity supply gap, study finds

Ontario faces an electricity supply shortage and reliability risks in the next four to eight years and will not meet net-zero objectives without building new low-emission, nuclear generation starting as soon as possible, according to a report released yesterday by the Power Workers' Union. The capacity needed to fill the expected supply gap will be equivalent to doubling the province's planned nuclear fleet in eight years.

Energy & Environment 20 August 2021


Utilities lead in US decarbonisation, says ClearPath

Utilities lead in US decarbonisation, says ClearPath

"The easy part is over" for US emission reductions and the country risks a "flatline" to 2050, Washington DC-based think tank ClearPath has warned in a new report. Utility commitments to net-zero and longer operation for nuclear power plants can help avoid the flatline but public policy is also needed, it said.

Energy & Environment 19 August 2021


Australian researchers step into new nuclear technologies

Australian researchers step into new nuclear technologies

The governments of Australia and the UK have signed a letter of intent to establish a partnership on low emissions solutions including clean hydrogen and small modular reactors. Meanwhile, the Australian Research Council  has awarded funding to a newly launched project to develop fuel for hydrogen-boron fusion which its participants say has the potential to re-establish Australia as a leader in fusion research and clean energy technology.

Energy & Environment 12 August 2021


Policies must allow nuclear to play its vital role, says UNECE

Policies must allow nuclear to play its vital role, says UNECE

Nuclear power can be part of a broader portfolio alongside deploying other sustainable low- or zero-carbon technologies to decarbonise the global energy system and energy intensive industries, according to a new technology brief from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The publication highlights nuclear power as an important source of low-carbon energy that can contribute to attaining carbon neutrality and for policy-makers who wish to meet climate and sustainable development objectives using nuclear power should provide positive, long-term policy signals for new nuclear development.

Energy & Environment 11 August 2021


Action needed now to limit climate change, says IPCC

Action needed now to limit climate change, says IPCC

Unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting global warming to about 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The new IPCC Working Group I report assesses the physical science basis of climate change and is the first instalment of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report, which will be completed next year.

Energy & Environment 09 August 2021


Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

Ranking energy security risks for the net-zero age

A new study published yesterday by the New Nuclear Watch Institute finds that the "supposed dependency concerns" associated with the host-vendor relationship in the nuclear energy sector are "historically and practically unfounded". The report - Energy Security in the Age of Net-Zero Ambitions and the System Value of Nuclear Power - focuses on the issue of energy security and the important contributions that nuclear power can make towards maintaining and strengthening it as energy systems decarbonise, both along the various transition pathways that energy systems have started upon and at their eventual low-carbon endpoint.

Energy & Environment 29 July 2021


Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Energy & Environment 27 July 2021