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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 is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

IAEA is there to help with every global challenge, says Grossi

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Regulation & Safety 21 September 2020


Nuclear's flexibility is the 'magic' to create a clean energy future

Nuclear's flexibility is the 'magic' to create a clean energy future

The nuclear industry has merely scratched the surface of the flexible benefits of nuclear power, according to panellists in a conference held this week ahead of the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial. The CEM11 side-event, Flexibility in Clean Energy Systems: The Enabling Roles of Nuclear Energy, included high-level speakers from the International Energy Agency, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as government officials from Canada, the UK and the USA. Hosted by Saudi Arabia, CEM11 will take place on 22 September.

Nuclear Policies 17 September 2020


Future energy system must include nuclear, says panel

Future energy system must include nuclear, says panel

A high-level panel of senior political figures and experts from leading international energy organisations yesterday discussed how nuclear energy can address some of the most pressing issues the world is facing. The discussion took place during the first session of World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum 2020.

Nuclear Policies 10 September 2020


Canadian companies join forces for Ontario economic recovery

Canadian companies join forces for Ontario economic recovery

A newly announced CAD55 million (USD42 million) contract for fuel channel maintenance to extend operations at Bruce 3 is one of several joint projects between Bruce Power and BWXT the companies say will advance Ontario's post-COVID economic recovery programme. The companies also announced the shipment of the first "made-in-Ontario" steam generator for Major Component Replacement project at Bruce unit 6.

Corporate 10 September 2020


Pirmatov highlights shifting market sentiment

Pirmatov highlights shifting market sentiment

Kazatomprom CEO Galymzhan Pirmatov highlighted changing sentiment in the uranium market when announcing the Kazakh uranium producer's half-yearly financial results yesterday. The impact of reductions in Kazatomprom's operations due to COVID-19 measures will not be seen until the second-half of this year, he said, and the company expects its inventory levels to fall below its target of six to seven months of annual attributable production in 2020 and 2021.

Uranium & Fuel 28 August 2020