Recent developments and public opinion polls in Belgium, France and the Netherlands show how Europe is turning to nuclear as a response to climate change. “Climate change calls for drastic measures,” Miguel Arias Cañete, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy told delegates at a EU-US High-Level Forum on small modular reactors in October. He pointed out that many of the 126 nuclear reactors in the European Union will continue to operate and make a significant contribution for decades to come. It is, after all, the bloc’s biggest domestic source of energy — and counted as domestic because the security of its fuel supply is so good. “Given the global public pressure to reduce emissions,” he said, “It is therefore time to bring small modular reactors under the spotlight.” Cautious support for nuclear from an EU grandee.
NS Energy 24th Dec 2019 read more »
European Green Deal promises better products – and ecodesign shows the way to making it happen. The European Green Deal needs better and longer-lasting products, and that includes solar panels, says ECOS, the environmental NGO specialising in ecodesign and standardisation. The new European Commission has just revealed their plans for the planet – the European Green Deal sets ambitious objectives in various sectors to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. In practice, this means no net emission of greenhouse gases in 2050, a vision already developed in the long-term strategy “Clean Planet for all 2050” adopted in 2018. Energy efficiency, large scale electrification and uptake of renewable energy sources are all key aspects to this strategy, and the production of electricity and heat from photovoltaic systems in particular will play a crucial part in this transition. Its pivotal role is also confirmed in the draft taxonomy of green activities, where PV-produced electricity is cited as a climate change mitigation activity.
PV Magazine 23rd Dec 2019 read more »