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Global Europe 26-01-2022

Ukraine diplomat sees little chance of war ‘in country with 15 nuclear reactors’

Ukraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the current tension with Russia, its ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said on Wednesday (26 January), adding that he saw little chance of all-out war, although there might be smaller conflicts.

Fury in Parliament as EU green taxonomy deadline expires

EU lawmakers from across the political spectrum are furious about the European Commission’s refusal to adequately consult them on a draft proposal to label gas and nuclear as a "transitional" source of energy, parliamentary sources have told EURACTIV.
Energy 19-01-2022

Austria gears up to fight EU ‘green’ nuclear energy plan

As the EU moves to label energy from nuclear power and natural gas as "green" investments, Austria is gearing up to fight this, including with a legal complaint.

‘Misunderstanding’ could block nuclear from claiming green EU label, industry warns

Ambiguities and misunderstandings contained in a draft EU proposal could block nuclear power plants from claiming a green investment label under the bloc's sustainable finance taxonomy, the industry has warned.

Safety concerns raised for third French nuclear plant

France's nuclear regulator said Thursday (13 January) that a possible safety problem had been identified at a third nuclear plant, increasing concerns about the country's power capacity at the height of winter.

Investors worth €50 trillion call on EU to exclude gas from green finance taxonomy

Fossil gas should be excluded from Europe’s list of sustainable investments, according to a group of climate investors with €50 trillion worth of assets. The group added it was still considering whether to consider nuclear as a sustainable investment.
Energy 23-12-2021

Belgium will close all nuclear reactors by 2025

Belgium will shut down all seven of its nuclear reactors by 2025 but will not close the door on new-generation nuclear technology, according to a deal reached Thursday (23 December) by the coalition government.

Commission to table green investment rules for gas and nuclear early next year

The European Commission plans to finish next year its long-awaited rules on whether to label gas and nuclear energy as climate-friendly investments under EU green finance rules, its environment policy chief said on Monday (20 December).
Energy 14-12-2021

Nuclear must be part of the EU’s clean energy solution

The EU should consider all clean solutions to tackle climate change, with renewables alongside nuclear, argue Pernille Weiss and Sara Skyttedal.
Energy 10-12-2021

Gas and nuclear: Fate of EU green taxonomy ‘now in the hands of von der Leyen’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has taken charge of a soon-to-be-published list of sustainable investments amid controversy around the possible classification of fossil gas and nuclear energy as "green" or "transitional" activities under certain conditions, according to several sources familiar with the process.
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Europe must support nuclear energy

Across the globe nuclear energy is being developed. If European Union policy-makers are serious about halting global warming and accept scientific findings, they should include nuclear in the so-called taxonomy to meet EU climate goals.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s Simson calls for ‘gearshift’ in nuclear power investments

The EU's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, called for a "gearshift on investments" in nuclear power in order to extend the lifetime of existing power plants and maintain current production levels until 2050. EURACTIV France reports.

Canfin MEP: ‘Here is my proposal to find the right compromise on gas and nuclear in the taxonomy’

With proper safeguards in place, both gas and nuclear power can be included in the "transition" category of the EU's green finance taxonomy, says Pascal Canfin, a leading lawmaker in the European Parliament.
08-11-2021

Kiril Petkov offers preview of new Bulgarian politics in the making

'Change continues’, a new centrist political party in Bulgaria, is seen as the king-maker in a future coalition after the 14 November parliamentary elections. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV,  its co-leader Kiril Petkov gave a preview of his party policies.

How to save the scientific integrity of the EU’s green finance taxonomy

Decision-makers cannot let economic questions on energy security and cost thwart the scientific integrity of the EU Sustainable Taxonomy, write Elise Attal and Jan Vandermosten.

EU countries ramp up pressure to grant nuclear a ‘green’ investment label

A group of ten European countries have heaped pressure on the European Commission to grant nuclear energy a ‘green’ label under the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy, which acts as a guide to climate-friendly investments.

Europe’s winter of discontent: The cost of sluggish energy transition

After a summer of heatwaves and wildfires in Europe, it’s strange to think this winter could be uncomfortably cold for many, writes Timur Tillyaev.
Energy 15-10-2021

Timmermans encourages Bulgaria to restart nuclear plant project

Commission's First Vice President Frans Timmermans advised Bulgaria to phase out coal production and said the EU would help if it reactivates a previous nuclear power plant project. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

Polish copper giant signs deal with US firm for small nuclear reactors

Polish copper giant KGHM on Thursday (23 September) signed a memorandum of understanding with NuScale Power of the United States for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants.

Researcher: Brussels is paving the way for nuclear power’s green revival

In all likelihood, the European Commission will table a proposal in the coming months to include nuclear energy in the EU’s green finance taxonomy, said Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, a researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute. But it is probably waiting for the outcome of the German elections before making a move, he suggested.
Energy 10-09-2021

As German election nears, EU plays for time on nuclear’s green recognition

The inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s green finance taxonomy is “the most likely” outcome in view of the scientific reports submitted to the European Commission in the past months, EU experts believe. But Brussels is not entirely decided yet and is seen playing for time before the German election this month.
Energy 30-06-2021

UK’s coal-fired electricity ban officially brought forward to 2024

From 1 October 2024 - one year earlier than originally planned - coal-fired electricity generation will be banned in the UK. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 20-05-2021

Global hydrogen production from nuclear power would require 400 reactors, French report says

To produce low-carbon hydrogen on a global scale, 400 1GW nuclear reactors would be needed, according to a note published Tuesday (18 May) by the French parliamentary office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices (OPECST). EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 06-05-2021

France trailing behind EU renewable energy goals

The European Union is expected to soon raise its renewable energy target for 2030, and France, which has already largely missed its 2020 goal, could have difficulties in meeting the new objective. EURACTIV France reports.