China’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and cement production grew by an estimated 4% in the first half of 2019, analysis of preliminary data suggests. Power-sector emissions, which had driven the rebound in overall emissions since 2017, flattened off. However, there was a surge in real estate and infrastructure construction that saw emissions from steel and cement expand rapidly. A breakdown by fuel (below) shows that coal consumption is far below its peak in 2013, but has been rebounding since early 2017, while emissions from cement production started climbing last winter. Oil and gas, although making up less than a quarter of total emissions, are contributing half of the overall increase due to high growth rates.
Carbon Brief 5th Sept 2019 read more »
CHINA is still actively promoting a nuclear fuel processing project with France’s Areva, the head of its nuclear safety watchdog said at a briefing on Tuesday, where he also criticised a US blacklisting of Chinese nuclear firms. Commercial negotiations on the Areva project are “almost concluded”, Liu Hua, the head of the National Nuclear Safety Administration and vice minister of ecology and environment, said at the briefing to introduce China’s first white paper on nuclear safety.
Business Times 4th Sept 2019 read more »
China is building a laboratory up to 560 meters (1,837 feet) underground in the middle of the Gobi desert to carry out tests on nuclear waste, officials have confirmed. The facility, in remote Beishan, Gansu province, will be used by scientists and engineers to test the suitability of the area for the long-term storage of the highly radioactive waste generated by nuclear power plants. Construction begins next year and will finish by 2024. “We are doing research into this project and it will soon be put into practice,” said Liu Hua, head of the National Nuclear Safety Administration, during a press conference on Tuesday. The site was selected in Gansu because it presents ideal conditions to prevent leaks: there is no seismic activity nearby and the bedrock the lab will be housed in is made of granite, which reduces the risk of groundwater seepage or fractures, according to a paper published in The Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering last year.
CNN 6th Sept 2019 read more »
The second EPR reactor at China’s Taishan nuclear power plant about to enter into commercial operation.
EDF Energy 6th Sept 2019 read more »