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COP presidents call for enhanced NDCs by December

COP presidents call for enhanced NDCs by December

Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Energy & Environment 25 September 2020


Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate

Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy Week 2020.

Energy & Environment 24 September 2020


Nuclear is environmentally friendly energy, says Russian minister

Nuclear is environmentally friendly energy, says Russian minister

Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak yesterday highlighted the contribution of the country's nuclear power sector, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary, to the transition to low-carbon energy. During his address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial, Novak said the climate agenda was becoming an increasingly significant factor in changes to the wider energy industry.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2020


UK launches Energy Transition Council for COP26

UK launches Energy Transition Council for COP26

The UK government has launched a COP26 Energy Transition Council to bring together leaders of the global power sector, to accelerate the transition from coal to clean power. Announcing the initiative at a Clean Energy Ministerial side event, Martin Callanan said this new partnership would "speed progress" for the next round of UN climate talks, in November 2020. Callanan, a life peer, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of COP President Designate Alok Sharma, at the CEM11 discussion Passing the Tipping Point: the next decade of clean energy cooperation held on 21 September.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2020


Pandemic has 'humanised' energy, says World Energy Council CEO

Pandemic has 'humanised' energy, says World Energy Council CEO

The world has entered a new era of energy transition - energy for people, planet and prosperity - and the big question facing us all is how it can emerge faster from crisis as stronger, connected energy societies, World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO Angela Wilkinson said in her address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial yesterday. Hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, the event was held entirely via live streaming.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2020


IAEA head calls for nuclear to have a place in all debates

IAEA head calls for nuclear to have a place in all debates

Nuclear power must be included in all debates about the clean energy transition and tackling climate change, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today at the opening session of the Agency's Scientific Forum 2020. Panellists in the first session agreed there were issues that the industry must address in order to support its messages about the benefits of nuclear energy.

Energy & Environment 22 September 2020


IAEA forecasts doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 in 'high case'

IAEA forecasts doubling of nuclear capacity by 2050 in 'high case'

The International Atomic Energy Agency has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715 GWe. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 363 GWe.

Energy & Environment 17 September 2020


Ambitious EU emissions target needs nuclear, says Foratom

Ambitious EU emissions target needs nuclear, says Foratom

The European Commission has presented a plan to reduce European Union greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, said EU policy must recognise nuclear's potential role in meeting that target.

Energy & Environment 17 September 2020


Nuclear essential to hydrogen future, says LucidCatalyst

Nuclear essential to hydrogen future, says LucidCatalyst

Untapped options for clean hydrogen - including the use of advanced modular reactors - can put the world back on the pathway to meeting the Paris climate goals, according to a new report from energy research and consultancy firm LucidCatalyst. The report says the clean energy transition from oil to hydrogen-based fuels could be achieved with a global investment of USD17 trillion, spent over 30 years from 2020 to 2050.

Energy & Environment 17 September 2020


Cost and communication vital to reap nuclear benefits, panel finds

Cost and communication vital to reap nuclear benefits, panel finds

Nuclear power programmes can benefit society through the creation of high-quality employment opportunities while providing secure, reliable energy supplies, but the industry must make sure it engages in open and transparent communications with stakeholders, as well as being cost-competitive with all other forms of generation, if those benefits are to be realised. These were the feelings from an international high-level panel of nuclear industry and academic experts at World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Energy & Environment 15 September 2020