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Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Game on for nuclear, declares Bilbao y León

Nuclear energy offers a "golden opportunity" to create a cleaner and more equitable world, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said today at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris. However, she noted there are three major challenges hindering the nuclear industry in making its full potential contribution towards sustainable development and combatting climate change: financing, perception and regulation.

Energy & Environment 30 November 2021


NNL and DNV team up for nuclear-derived hydrogen study

NNL and DNV team up for nuclear-derived hydrogen study

The UK's National Nuclear Laboratory and Norwegian assurance and risk management provider DNV are partnering to explore the potential use of advanced nuclear technologies for the conversion of UK gas networks to hydrogen. The collaboration will enable both the nuclear and gas sectors to gain a deeper understanding of priorities and assess barriers and next steps on aspects including regulation, safety, siting and economics.

Energy & Environment 26 November 2021


US study charts shifting nuclear attitudes

US study charts shifting nuclear attitudes

Support for nuclear energy is on the rise in the USA, according to the latest study of US attitudes to energy carried out by environmental non-profit ecoAmerica. The American Climate Perspectives Survey found notable shifts in understanding and support for several energy sources, the group said, with strong support for clean energy coupled with the need for education on the energy-climate connection.

Energy & Environment 25 November 2021


Hinkley Point C cleaner than renewables, study shows

Hinkley Point C cleaner than renewables, study shows

Carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity generated by the UK's newest nuclear power plants will be even lower than wind and solar power, a new analysis has confirmed. A detailed and independently verified study into lifetime emissions from Hinkley Point C was carried out for EDF by environmental specialists Ricardo Energy & Environment and verified by engineering consultants WSP.

Energy & Environment 22 November 2021


COP26 approaches deadline

COP26 approaches deadline

After two weeks of talks, the COP26 meeting on climate change has only hours to produce a text on emissions reductions that every country in the world can sign up to. The goal of the meeting in Glasgow, Scotland has been to review progress on the commitments that countries made in Paris in 2015 and agree the next set of commitments. In parallel many other agreements and commitments have been made.

Energy & Environment 12 November 2021


Nuclear a vital tool in achieving decarbonisation, panel says

Nuclear a vital tool in achieving decarbonisation, panel says

Nuclear energy provides enormous opportunities to bring about a fast, cost-effective and just decarbonisation, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said yesterday in a COP26 event titled The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Net-Zero Future. Innovations in technologies - such as small modular reactors - and new ways of financing projects will help nuclear play its role in decarbonising the world, participants said.

Energy & Environment 05 November 2021


Birol calls for nuclear acceleration

Birol calls for nuclear acceleration

Countries have "re-appreciated" the value of nuclear power, International Energy Agency Executive Director Fatih Birol said at COP26 today. Birol, who called for new build in Europe, North America and Asia, also said that national commitments made at COP26 would put the world on track to limit global warming to 1.8°C.

Energy & Environment 04 November 2021


Grossi 'absolutely confident' of nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Grossi 'absolutely confident' of nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

The International Atomic Energy Agency's Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said he is "absolutely confident" that "some arrangement" will be made to accept nuclear energy in the EU's taxonomy of sustainable investment. In an on-stage interview at COP26, he said the escalation of gas prices has increased political interest in nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 04 November 2021


India sets target for net-zero

India sets target for net-zero

India has set a target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. This was the fifth - and last - in a list of Indian pledges made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his National Statement to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Energy & Environment 02 November 2021


G20 leaders reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

G20 leaders reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

The leaders of the G20, who met in Rome on 30-31 October, said they are committed to tackling the "critical and urgent threat" of climate change and to work collectively to achieve a successful COP26 climate change conference, which is now under way in Glasgow. They reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and vowed to cooperate to reach net-zero emissions by around 2050.

Energy & Environment 01 November 2021