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Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Unions repeat call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Energy & Environment 27 July 2021


Taipower applies to decommission Maanshan plant

Taipower applies to decommission Maanshan plant

Taiwan Power Company has submitted an application to the Atomic Energy Council to shut down the two-unit Maanshan nuclear power plant. Under Taiwan's nuclear phase-out policy, its power reactors will be decommissioned as their 40-year operating licences expire. The phase-out will be completed with the closure of Maanshan unit 2 in 2025.

Corporate 27 July 2021


US study sees future markets for microreactors

US study sees future markets for microreactors

The deployment of microreactors in the short-to-medium term could support energy markets not available to large nuclear plants, but some significant challenges must be overcome for them to capture new market shares. In the longer term, they will be able to contribute to decarbonisation efforts. These are amongst the findings of a recently published technical report from the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory.

New Nuclear 22 July 2021


Italians do not rule out future use of nuclear energy

Italians do not rule out future use of nuclear energy

One-third of Italians are in favour of reconsidering the use of nuclear energy in the country, according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted on behalf of Comitato Nucleare e Ragione. More than half of respondents said they would not exclude the future use of new advanced nuclear technologies.

Nuclear Policies 22 July 2021


US benchmarking study reflects decarbonisationefforts

US benchmarking study reflects decarbonisation efforts

Carbon dioxide emissions from the USA's 100 largest power producers fell 10% between 2019 and 2020, according to the latest in a series of benchmarking studies dating back to 1997. Nuclear accounted for over half of the zero-carbon resources which together generated about 38% of US electricity in 2020.

Energy & Environment 21 July 2021


US infrastructure bill sends a positive signal for nuclear, says NIA

US infrastructure bill sends a positive signal for nuclear, says NIA

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance has welcomed the reintroduction of the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act last week by five US senators, three Republicans and two Democrats. This represents continued bipartisan support for advanced reactors, the non-profit "think and do" tank said.

Nuclear Policies 19 July 2021


Emissions set to rise with growth in coal use, says IEA

Emissions set to rise with growth in coal use, says IEA

After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency. However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Energy & Environment 15 July 2021


Nuclear answers the open questions of Fit for 55, says Foratom

Nuclear answers the open questions of Fit for 55, says Foratom

Foratom has welcomed the European Commission's proposed Fit for 55 to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies 'fit' for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, but says the target leaves open key questions. How will be this transition financed? Will we have enough low-carbon energy to meet our needs? How can we ensure that industries are able to decarbonise their manufacturing processes whilst remaining competitive? And how can we mitigate potential social impacts (e.g. job losses and energy poverty)?

Energy & Environment 15 July 2021


UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

UK cross-sector report plans zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear

A new report published today by the UK's Nuclear Sector Deal’s Innovation Group presents a series of recommendations for realising the opportunity of zero-carbon hydrogen from nuclear energy. Its findings follow a Nuclear Hydrogen Roundtable event, which brought together over 80 experts and industry leaders from across the hydrogen value chain.

Energy & Environment 14 July 2021


Dutch study finds commercial support for nuclear new build

Dutch study finds commercial support for nuclear new build

Market participants - such as contractors, operators and suppliers - would invest in the construction of new nuclear generating capacity in the Netherlands provided the government contributes to the cost and there is public support, a report by consultancy firm KPMG indicates. In response to the study, demissionary Minister for Economic Affairs Dilan Yesilgöz-Zegerius has requested a study into the possibility of including nuclear power in the country's plans for meeting energy and climate goals.

New Nuclear 08 July 2021