Nuclear power remains the cornerstone of Rosatom’s expansion strategy, notably in emerging countries. But the Russian state-owned energy conglomerate is now also talking up renewables, citing wind, solar and batteries as part of a diversified low-carbon energy portfolio.
The political climate for nuclear energy is "not very positive" in Europe, admits William D. Magwood, and the industry is currently shifting towards Russia and Asia as a result. But the emergence of small modular reactors (SMR) built in factories might slow down the process, he argues.
A majority of EU countries have national pavilions at EXPO 2017 in Astana, dedicated to the theme “Future energy”. But the action of the EU in terms of energy choices for the future and the Union’s leadership in tackling climate change are not visible in national pavilions, EURACTIV has seen.
Kazakhstan inaugurated a Low Enriched Uranium Bank on Tuesday (29 August), backed by the IAEA. The EU, one of the project's biggest donours, hailed it as a “success for international cooperation” on non-proliferation. EURACTIV.com reports from Ust-Kamenogorsk and Astana.
Violence erupted on 15 August at a demonstration against French plans for a radioactive waste burial site in the north-eastern town of Bure. Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot, once a vocal opponent of the project, has refused to take sides. EURACTIV’s partner Oust-France reports.
In response to France’s climate package, the electricity sector has called for higher carbon taxes, while NGOs have criticised the vagueness of the country’s plan to increase European ambition on the issue. EURACTIV France reports.
Opposition Brexit minister Keir Starmer has urged the UK government to keep Britain in the Euratom treaty and drop its red line on the future role of the European Court of Justice. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.
Belarus has avoided a resolution by the European Security watchdog OSCE criticising the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, a project which neighbouring Lithuania strongly opposes on the grounds of nuclear safety concerns.
Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are set to be the cheapest form of power generation in the G20 countries by 2030, according to a new study. The EU also announced that the Paris Agreement “cannot be renegotiated”.
Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.
Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum yesterday (21 May).
Visegrád countries are seeking ways to ensure energy security while delivering on their climate commitments. Nuclear is seen as the ideal solution by some, with natural gas playing a limited role. EURACTIV's Central European partners report.
Hungary does not care about the requirements imposed by the European Commission on Paks II, energy analyst András Deák told EURACTIV Slovakia.
András Deák is a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Deák spoke with EURACTIV.sk’s Pavol Szalai.
Hungarian MEP Benedek Jávor (Greens) told me that …
EXCLUSIVE / Unlike the five EU member states with Russian-built nuclear power plants, Ukraine is the only country implementing EU requirements for diversified portfolios of fuel supply, Michael Kirst, an official at Westinghouse, told EURACTIV.com.
EXCLUSIVE / On his first visit to Brussels, newly-elected Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis shared his fears with Euractiv.com about the building of a nuclear plant in Belarus, 40 km from Vilnius and of the hybrid war waged by Russia against the former Soviet republic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cemented closer ties at talks yesterday (2 February), amid growing EU rifts over sanctions against Moscow because of its meddling in Ukraine.
France vowed on Monday (30 January) to defend Iran's nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord.
Applying the key principles of affordability, reliability and value creation for local supply chains, NNWE will continue to watch the nuclear sector to ensure that the right decisions, for all stakeholders, are made, writes Tim Yeo.
A delegation from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), the country’s largest state energy company, visited Sofia and met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, to possibly resuscitate a shelved nuclear power plant project.