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British PM promotes low-carbon economic growth for Africa

British PM promotes low-carbon economic growth for Africa

The UK will no longer fund coal projects overseas, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today during his opening address at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. Instead, the government will "turbo-charge" its support for low-carbon energy sources, he said, noting that the UK has cut its CO2 emissions by 42% from the 1990 level. The country is the host of the next round of UN climate talks - COP26 - in November.

Energy & Environment 20 January 2020


UK's net-zero goal needs new nuclear, says Atkins

UK's net-zero goal needs new nuclear, says Atkins

Engineering firm Atkins has published a new report detailing the investment in low-carbon energy needed for the UK to achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050. The report - titled Engineering Net Zero - calls for the government to significantly increase investment in nuclear power.

Energy & Environment 13 January 2020


UK develops radwaste management committee's role

UK develops radwaste management committee's role

The UK's Committee on Radioactive Waste Management has published a document setting out the broad framework within which it will operate. The framework replaces its terms of reference.

Waste & Recycling 13 January 2020


Financial sector must 'move faster' on climate crisis, says Bank of England governor

Financial sector must 'move faster' on climate crisis, says Bank of England governor

The outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said financial companies are failing to act quickly enough to curb their investment in fossil fuels. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said some financial assets could end up worthless if investment firms don't adjust to a zero-carbon economy. Carney is due to start a new role next year as the United Nation's special envoy for climate action and finance.

Corporate 30 December 2019


UK must step up climate action, says parliamentary report

UK must step up climate action, says parliamentary report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was told today in a letter from the Committee on Climate Change that the UK had so far "fallen short" in its commitments to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC is the government's statutory adviser on how to achieve the UK's long-term goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2050.

Energy & Environment 18 December 2019


British plutonium samples shipped to France

British plutonium samples shipped to France

A shipment of samples of plutonium oxide is en route from the UK to a laboratory at Orano's Melox plant in southern France. The samples will be used to determine if the plutonium can be used in the production of mixed-oxide fuel.

Waste & Recycling 28 November 2019


Viewpoint: Can a regulated asset model help deliver new investment?

Viewpoint: Can a regulated asset model help deliver new investment?

New nuclear power plant investments face significant challenges, especially in liberalised electricity markets. A regulated asset model may help resolve these challenges. Edward Kee, Ruediger Koenig, Paul Murphy and Xavier Rollat explore the potential and the limits of this model.

Perspectives 27 November 2019


Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future

Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future

Nuclear has a place in Europe's energy mix, but rising costs - even if only perceived - need to be addressed to ensure future growth, speakers agreed at the New Nuclear Watch Institute's first annual forum, held in London yesterday.

Nuclear Policies 07 November 2019


UK confirms funding for Rolls-Royce SMR

UK confirms funding for Rolls-Royce SMR

UK Research and Innovation has provided initial match funding to the consortium of companies designing a new type of nuclear power station in the UK. Rolls-Royce and its partners have said a UK small modular reactor programme could contribute GBP100 billion (USD128 billion) to the UK economy and open up a global export market.

New Nuclear 07 November 2019


UK business group calls for action on new nuclear

UK business group calls for action on new nuclear

The UK government should develop a Regulated Asset Base model for financing new nuclear power projects and support the deployment by 2030 of small modular reactors, the Confederation of British Industry has recommended. The recommendations are among the actions the CBI has set out for any future government to help the country achieve its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Nuclear Policies 04 November 2019