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Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Biden Administration prioritises climate on first day

Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Energy & Environment 21 January 2021


The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; political changes; perceived competition with renewable energy; and the public's misconceptions about radioactive waste.

Energy & Environment 14 January 2021


IEA to release roadmap for clean energy transition

IEA to release roadmap for clean energy transition

The International Energy Agency will later this year publish the world's first comprehensive roadmap for the energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It is among a number of projects for 2021 announced by the IEA yesterday to support efforts to reach global energy and climate goals.

Energy & Environment 12 January 2021


UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK makes COP26 president a full-time role

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference, with Kwasi Kwarteng replacing Sharma as secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The COP26 president will be based in the Cabinet Office, continuing as a full member of Cabinet, and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050 in the run up to COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November.

Energy & Environment 11 January 2021


IAEA announces innovation in tsetse fly control

IAEA announces innovation in tsetse fly control

A new infrared system is helping the International Atomic Energy Agency to speed up the sorting of male from female tsetse flies as the agency controls the breeding of the insect using irradiation. The tsetse is a bloodsucking insect found in sub-Saharan Africa which transmits a parasite that can be fatal to both animals and humans.

Energy & Environment 07 January 2021


China plans clean energy future

China plans clean energy future

While still primarily relying on coal to meet its energy needs, China says it is committed to playing its part in the global fight against climate change. A white paper published yesterday by the State Council says the country will increase the share of clean energy sources, including nuclear, in its energy mix.

Energy & Environment 22 December 2020


Canada launches strategy to become global hydrogen leader

Canada launches strategy to become global hydrogen leader

The Canadian government has launched a strategy that sees low-carbon and zero-emission hydrogen fuel technology as a key part of the nation's path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy is underpinned by a federal investment of CAD1.5 billion (USD1.2 billion) in a Low-carbon and Zero-emissions Fuels Fund to increase the production and use of low-carbon fuels, including hydrogen.

Energy & Environment 18 December 2020


Hydrogen policies must include nuclear, says NNWI

Hydrogen policies must include nuclear, says NNWI

Nuclear-produced hydrogen, using electrolyser technology, could have a "sizeable contribution" to make in the development of the hydrogen economy, according to a new report from the New Nuclear Watch Institute think-tank. However, it says the realisation of those benefits will depend on the adoption of technology-neutral policies, which do not discriminate against nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 16 December 2020


IEA charts COVID's impact on electricity market

IEA charts COVID's impact on electricity market

Global electricity demand is set to decline 2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency's first ever Electricity Market Report, which was published today. Nuclear power generation is set to fall by about 4% this year, it says. Global electricity demand is forecast to grow by around 3% next year.

Energy & Environment 14 December 2020


Hybrid systems could lead to clean energy paradigm shift, study finds

Hybrid systems could lead to clean energy paradigm shift, study finds

The simultaneous use of diverse energy generators including nuclear to provide power, heat, mobility and other energy services could lead to paradigm shifts in clean energy production, according to an academic paper recently published by researchers from the US Department of Energy's applied energy laboratories. Meanwhile, US-based NuScale Power has evaluated the boost in clean hydrogen production that will result from a 25% increase in power output from its small modular reactor.

Energy & Environment 11 December 2020