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Minerals will be critical to clean energy future: IEA

Minerals will be critical to clean energy future: IEA

A mismatch between the world's climate ambitions and the availability of critical minerals could mean a slower and more expensive energy transition, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. The Paris-based organisation describes its special report, The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions, as the most comprehensive global study to date on the importance of minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements in a secure and rapid transformation of the global energy sector.

Energy & Environment 05 May 2021


Foratom highlights nuclear's role in EU hydrogen economy

Foratom highlights nuclear's role in EU hydrogen economy

Nuclear provides a perfect solution for the generation of large quantities of low-carbon and affordable hydrogen, the European nuclear trade body Foratom said today in a position paper. This, it said, will be key as Europe aims to transform all parts of its economy, including transport and industry. The position paper makes a number of policy recommendations aimed at recognising the contribution nuclear energy can make in decarbonising such areas.

Energy & Environment 04 May 2021


ITER's mission to fuel the future of humanity

ITER's mission to fuel the future of humanity

From a childhood fascination with "what small means" to simulating the power of the sun to bring affordable energy to all of mankind. This is the journey described by Sergio Orlandi, head of the Central Engineering and Plant Directorate at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).

Energy & Environment 04 May 2021


Nuclear's contribution to SDGs is undervalued, says Bilbao y León

Nuclear's contribution to SDGs is undervalued, says Bilbao y León

Nuclear energy is "a key pillar" of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León said today during the launch of Rosatom's Atoms for Humanity initiative. However, she said the benefits to society of nuclear science and technology beyond that of electricity generation need to be more widely appreciated.

Energy & Environment 30 April 2021


Nuclear enables environmentalists to talk about 'plenty'

Nuclear enables environmentalists to talk about 'plenty'

Caring about the environment has traditionally focused on the scarcity of natural resources, but with nuclear power a healthier world can also mean abundance for all, environmentalist Ben Heard said today at the Atoms for Humanity discussion on Why Humanity Needs Nuclear produced by Russia's Rosatom. Heard is an advocate for nuclear power in his native Australia, through his directorship of environmental NGO Bright New World.

Energy & Environment 30 April 2021


US nuclear could 'light a path to a cleaner future', says CNN host

US nuclear could 'light a path to a cleaner future', says CNN host

President Joe Biden's pledge for the USA to cut its CO2 emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the end of this decade will be "virtually impossible" without nuclear power, Fareed Zakaria, the host of US network CNN's Global Public Square programme, said last week. America is "going in the wrong direction" in reducing the contribution nuclear power makes to its electricity supply, said Zakaria, who is also a Washington Post columnist.

Energy & Environment 28 April 2021


Energy isn't a dirty word, says Birol

Energy isn't a dirty word, says Birol

Climate change is "essentially an energy challenge" because more than 80% of CO2 emissions come from the energy sector, but governments must not make the mistake of thinking that energy is a bad thing, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency said yesterday at the Foreign Policy Virtual Climate Summit. Instead, policymakers should be looking for ways to incentivise investment in clean energy technologies and not exclude any of them.

Energy & Environment 28 April 2021


USA won't return to 'Trumpism' on climate, says Kerry

USA won't return to 'Trumpism' on climate, says Kerry

"The return of someone who denies facts, denies truth, denies evidence, denies science" will not be able to reverse the USA's commitment to addressing climate change, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said today at the Foreign Policy Virtual Climate Summit. Kerry was interviewed by Foreign Policy Editor-in-Chief Ravi Agrawal, who said many leaders around the world were concerned that the return to office of Donald Trump - or 'Trumpism' - could mean Washington would once again pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Energy & Environment 27 April 2021


French, Russian hydrogen partnership announced

French, Russian hydrogen partnership announced

EDF Group and Rosatom have signed an agreement to jointly promote clean hydrogen projects in Russia and Europe. Rosatom said development of hydrogen technologies has an important role to play in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping the global average temperature increase to below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.

Energy & Environment 27 April 2021


Banks present ways to turn finance green

Banks present ways to turn finance green

Finance must be mobilised at "an absolutely unprecedented level" if a net-zero economy is to be created as rapidly as required, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said at the Leaders Summit on Climate last week. The magnitude of this challenge means that governments alone "cannot possibly" find all the necessary investment, he added.

Energy & Environment 26 April 2021