A new assessment of future scenarios that limit the extent of global warming warns that unless current imbalances in R&D portfolios for the development of new, efficient, and clean energy technologies are redressed, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are unlikely to be met, or met only at considerable costs. The study identifies energy efficiency as the single most important option for achieving significant and long-term reductions in GHG emissions, accounting for up to 50 percent of the reduction potential across the wide range of scenarios analyzed. However, investment in energy efficiency R&D has typically been less than 10 percent of the overall public sector R&D budget in the countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Conversely, although nuclear energy accounts for less than 10 percent of the GHG emission reduction potentials across all scenarios, it has received some 50 percent of the total public investment in energy technology R&D. The analysis, conducted by Drs’ Arnulf Grubler and Keywan Riahi from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, compared historical and current government spending on R&D by the 28 member countries of the International Energy Agency, with a “needs”-based analysis of the technologies required to achieve long-term climate stabilization.
Click Green 25th Oct 2010 more >>
IIASA Press Release 25th Oct 2010 more >>
No Money for Nuclear (NM4N) is a new national campaign group which believes that the level of support received by the nuclear industry in the UK is unjustified and a serious drain on public finance, especially at a time when the weak and vulnerable are suffering from significant cuts in public expenditure. In addition, the way that waste disposal and decommissioning costs of new nuclear power stations are gathered poses a serious risk to the public purse in the future.
No Money for Nuclear 25th Oct 2010 more >>
It was only last November that George Osborne first floated the idea of a green investment bank. When the coalition took power it became a flagship project wheeled out by the chancellor as proof he was serious about Britain’s £200 billion low-carbon energy revolution. Last week reality struck. Osborne said the government would put just £1 billion into the bank; a paltry sum compared to the mountain of cash needed to replace fossil-fuel power plants with more expensive alternatives such as wind farms and nuclear reactors. The cash won’t be available until 2013. Energy executives, who are hectored relentlessly about the need to invest billions in low-carbon power, are appalled. Any credibility the government had with the industry is ebbing. The neutering of the bank, they say, is indicative of its general half-heartedness toward the industry. The message seems to be: we want a revolution, we just don’t want to pay for it. Thanks to targets adopted by the previous government, Britain is legally obliged to slash its carbon dioxide output by 34% by 2020. Much of the reduction will come from the electricity sector because it is the biggest polluter. New nuclear plants will play a critical role in the low-carbon future, yet the framework to foster their construction is shaky. Utilities want the technology to get the same treatment as wind power, which is helped by a healthy add-on tariff that you and I pay for through higher bills. The government, though, is terrified of being seen as a subsidiser of nuclear power. Ministers and power companies once predicted the first new nuclear power station would be in operation by 2017. That has now slipped to 2018. Further delays seem inevitable.
Sunday Times 24th Oct 2010 more >>
Full details of the coalition’s plan for a green investment bank will be set out in the spring of next year, the Treasury said on Monday, as it outlined a national infrastructure plan. The cash will be used to provide early high-risk investment in nuclear, large offshore wind, carbon capture and other green technologies with the aim of leveraging in the large amounts of private sector investment needed
FT 26th Oct 2010 more >>
The government is reported to be exploring the sale of its stake in Urenco, the firm that makes enriched uranium for nuclear power, to help finance the green investment bank that will be used to fund projects such as refurbishing energy-inefficient homes.
Building 25th Oct 2010 more >>
The future of UK government hopes to use local landfill sites to dispose of huge quantities of low-level nuclear waste will come under scrutiny today with the opening of a planning inquiry into the first such case. The inquiry by the Planning Inspectorate will hear an appeal by Augean, a hazardous waste specialist company, which wants to put rubble, soil and other low-radioactive waste – mostly from nuclear power stations – into a landfill site near Peterborough, Northamptonshire. The battle over the site at Kings Cliffe is being seen as a test case for the rest of the country, as a growing number of waste companies hope to take advantage of the government’s change of rules to allow such dumping to take place.
Guardian 26th Oct 2010 more >>
Radioactive waste has long been the Achilles Heel of the nuclear industry. In opening this Special Issue the Editors Andrew Blowers and Goran Sundqvist describe radioactive waste as an apparently insoluble problem continuing into the far future, blotting nuclear’s copybook and blocking the onward progress of nuclear energy. In every country with a nuclear industry it has proved hard to find technically convincing and socially acceptable solutions. This Special Issue of the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences makes a major contribution to the contemporary debate about nuclear energy and what to do with its long-term legacy of dangerous radioactive wastes.
Journal of Integrative Environmental Scienes Volume 7 Issue 3. more >>
Advertising feature on West Cumbria Managing Radiactive Waste Safety Partnership Phase 2 consultation exercise.
Cumbrian Newspapers 25th Oct 2010 more >>
The following letter has been sent to all Allerdale Councillors today: Is Allerdale a willing host for the ‘geological disposal’ of high level nuclear waste? Is compensation possible for the loss of a viable future? On the 3rd November Allerdale Borough Council will be considering “withdrawing an expression of interest in geological disposal” following a motion by Councillor Joe Sandwith. David Smythe Emeritus Professor of Geology at Glasgow University has said the scientific evidence carried out in the 1990s for Nirex which cost the public purse £400M shows that – No site in West Cumbria is suitable for geological disposal!
Radiation Free Lakeland 25th Oct 2010 more >>
GDF Suez SA is in talks with Areva SA on a partnership to develop the Atmea nuclear reactor, Les Echos reported, without citing anyone. The project would include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the newspaper said.
Bloomberg 26th Oct 2010 more >>
AN investigation has been launched following a small fire at Hinkley Point B power station this afternoon. A spokesman for EDF Energy said the fire started in a room in the gas circulator workshop building just before 1.30pm.
Bridgwater Mercury 25th Oct 2010 more >>
French power company EDF has opened the tendering process to find a engineering contractor to build two turbine halls for Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset.
Construction Enquirer 25th Oct 2010 more >>
Iran has started to load fuel into its Bushehr nuclear power plant, according to state media.
Sky News 26th Oct 2010 more >>
BBC 26th Oct 2010 more >>
The leaders of India and Japan signed a tariff-slashing trade deal on Monday and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal despite New Delhi’s refusal to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Morning Star 25th Oct 2010 more >>
A federal carbon price would provide a major boost to the US nuclear power industry, but would not solve all its problems, experts said. “That would turn the industry around,” Richard Caperton, policy analyst for the Center for American Progress, told attendees of the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Missoula, Montana last week. “There are still some other issues: cheap natural gas, short-term low electricity demand. But a carbon price really reshapes the electricity industry and I think reshapes it to the benefit of the nuclear industry.”
Oil Price 25th Oct 2010 more >>
The Australian Greens welcome the referral of the Federal Government’s controversial bill to establish Australia’s national radioactive waste dump to a House of Representatives parliamentary committee. “This is great news and may ensure real scrutiny is brought to bear on Labor’s proposal to dump radioactive waste in Central Australia.
Mathaba 25th Oct 2010 more >>
South Africa is to unveil plans this week for what it claims will be the world’s biggest solar power plant – a radical step in a coal-dependent country where one in six people still lacks electricity.
Guardian 26th Oct 2010 more >>
Britain needs to keep its nuclear arsenal, even if it’s made in – and controlled by – the United States, says Boris Johnson.
Telegraph 25th Oct 2010 more >>
Letter: We now seem to be in a dangerous situation in Scotland, where the military cost of threatening the civilian population of a number of unidentified countries with nuclear weapons takes precedence over our national welfare. None of the countries which have been envisaged as possible targets for Trident missiles has any reason to be hostile to Scotland.
Scotsman 26th Oct 2010 more >>
A DAY-LONG series of events took place on Saturday to commemorate the launch of Britain’s first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought.
NW Evening Mail 25th Oct 2010 more >>
THE nuclear submarine that grounded off Skye last week was back at base yesterday, with no timescale for its return to service.
Scotsman 26th Oct 2010 more >>
Offshore wind will create 70,000 green jobs, the government said on Monday, as hundreds of millions of pounds of planned investments in turbine manufacturing were confirmed.
The investments by companies including General Electric, Siemens and Gamesa of Spain had been in doubt as the coalition considered whether to continue with support promised by Labour ministers. David Cameron said 60m of spending earmarked for upgrading British ports to make them suitable for handling large offshore turbines would go ahead.
FT 26th Oct 2010 more >>