Deputy Prime Minister tells businesses the government is ‘unreservedly committed’ to green economy.
Business Green 6th August 2012 more >>
Nick Clegg has today reiterated the government’s desire to accelerate the growth of the UK’s green economy and ensure the country meets its carbon budgets, insisting the coalition is “unreservedly committed to helping our low-carbon sector thrive no ifs, no buts”.
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RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind and marine energy industries, has warmly welcomed comments made by the Deputy Prime Minister about the Coalition Government’s strong commitment to the clean energy sector. Speaking at the Global Business Summit on Energy which opened in London today, Nick Clegg said: “This Coalition Government is unreservedly committed to helping our low carbon sector thrive no ifs, no buts. We want to support the shift by traditional industry to cleaner sources of energy. When we say that we want green growth, it is a very real aim, driven by very real economic needs.” Mr Clegg added: “The entire government is working within the parameters of the carbon budget, which sets the pace for decarbonising our economy. And there is no one in government who wants to depart from that. We all want to build on our highest growth sectors to create more jobs. Together we find ourselves at the vanguard of one of the most dynamic, most innovative, most important industries of our time”.
Renewable UK 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today dismissed claims of rifts within the coalition Government over its commitment to cutting carbon emissions, as he unveiled a £100 million investment in energy efficiency.
Independent 6th Aug 2012 more >>
The EU has effectively backed the nuclear power plant which EDF plans to build at Hinkley Point C. The supplier said today it was pleased the European Commission found the planned investment fulfils the objectives of the Euratom Treaty and contributes to develop a sustainable national energy mix, in documents given to the UK government last month. Effectively this means the Commission gives the plans the all-clear, under Article 41 of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) Treaty.
Energy Live 6th August 2012 more >>
EDF says Dungeness B21 went off-line in unplanned outage on 4th August.
Breaking News 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Bazooka fears for nuclear shipment. John Large warns of terrorist threat to shipments of spent fuel from Dounreay to Sellafield.
Press and Journal (not on web)6th Aug 2012 more >>
Young Nationalists have signalled their intention to vote against a proposal to ditch their party`s historic opposition to Nato.
STV 7th Aug 2012 more >>
The first Mars rover fueled with plutonium landed on the red planet Mondayand there was much cheerleading by mainstream media but no mention of the huge danger the device, which NASA calls Curiosity, has posed to people and other life on Earth before getting to Mars. Indeed, NASA in its Environmental Impact Statement for Curiosity, said that the chances had been but one-in-220 of deadly plutonium being released overall on the mission. If the rocket that had lofted it from Florida last year blew up on launchand one in 100 rockets destruct on launchthat could have sent plutonium 62 miles away, as far as Orlando, said the EIS. If the rocket failed to break out of Earths gravity and take Curiosity on to Mars but, instead, fell back into the Earths atmosphere and, with Curiosity, disintegrated as it fell, a broad area of the Earth could have been impacted by plutonium.
Enformable 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Japan’s industry minister stepped into the national debate on energy policy, saying the nation could phase out nuclear power by 2030 without hurting the world’s third-largest economy.
AFP 7th Aug 2012 more >>
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, has released footage of how it managed meltdowns in three reactors. In the footage, workers can been seen dealing with what they thought was an explosion and urgently trying to understand the scale of problem. Tepco has faced criticism over the way it handled the nuclear crisis.
BBC 7th Aug 2012 more >>
France had an inventory of radioactive wastes totalling some 1.32 million cubic metres in 2010, according to the latest data released by the national radioactive waste management agency Andra. This is a 12.9% increase from the 1.15 million cubic metres in 2007.
World Nuclear News 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Iranian state television on Sunday broadcast purported confessions by more than a dozen suspects in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists since 2010. The broadcast showed some of the suspects re-enacting the assassinations in different districts of the capital, Tehran. The 14 suspects shown on TV included eight men and six women. The TV showed pictures from a military garrison it said was a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel. It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars the method used in the killing of the scientists.
Guardian 6th Aug 2012 more >>
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A frontrunner in the race to build new nuclear power stations in South Africa conducted a costly schmooze campaign during an earlier round of bidding, the Mail & Guardian can reveal. As the government prepares to reopen bidding for the building of a fleet of nuclear power stations, an investigation of the withdrawn 2008 tender, known as Nuclear 1, suggests that the frontrunner, then and now, French nuclear parastatal Areva, tried to manipulate the process by buying political favour. The M&G reported in February that Areva was teaming up with a Chinese partner to form a politically favourable consortium. The new contract, which could be put out to tender later this year, will be worth up to R1-trillion, the biggest in South African history. Areva’s rival, the United States company Westinghouse, hinted this week that it, too, was reviewing its strategic alliances by initiating “a consultation process with staff to possibly restructure its operations in anticipation of nuclear new-build in the near future”.
Mail & Guardian 3rd Aug 2012 more >>
The Energy Department said on Monday it was replacing guards and supervisors on duty 10 days ago when three peace activists, including an 82 year-old nun, breached perimeter fences at the principal U.S. facility for storing weapons-grade enriched uranium.
Trust 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Hiroshima Peace Declaration 6th August 2012.
City of Hiroshima 6th Aug 2012 more >>
British scientists have begun investigating ways to make nuclear fusion more economic using research equipment they built from parts of other old machines. A team from the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) has spent the last two years assembling a device for studying cheaper materials to use with tokamak reactors, in a project the programme leader called a scrapyard challenge.
The Engineer 6th Aug 2012 more >>
The government remains confident it will be able to launch the UK’s first Green Investment Bank before the end of the year, after today announcing the body set up to lay the foundations for the bank, UK Green Investments (UKGI), has assigned £100m for investment in non-domestic energy efficiency projects.
Business Green 6th Aug 2012 more >>
Barefoot College, a school like no other. Here, 40 elderly women from outside India leave their families behind for six months to learn how to become solar engineers. Nestled in a desert village of Rajasthan lies a school like no other. Its students are grandmothers from the poorest corners of the globe, many of them away from home for the first time. They’ve come to India to earn a diploma as a solar engineer. In six months these women will graduate and return to their communities in Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. They’ll take home solar lanterns and their newfound expertise. France 24’s reporters spent several days at India’s Barefoot College for this week’s special edition of Environment.
France24 3rd Aug 2012 more >>
Oxford-based solar installer, Joju Solar, has announced that it is unfazed by the Department of Energy and Climate Changes (DECC) latest round of feed-in tariff cuts which are dominating the headlines. The solar specialist points to the rising cost of electricity and the falling cost of solar as the main reason for industry to take heart. The current trend means that, especially for commercial applications, solar PV is the cheapest way of supplying electricity to a building.
Solar Portal 7th Aug 2012 more >>