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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.

Lawmakers support ‘low-carbon’ hydrogen, stay mute on nuclear

The European Parliament's industry and energy committee passed a resolution on Monday (22 March) supporting hydrogen produced from "low-carbon" energy sources, including fossil gas with carbon sequestration. The motion stopped short, however, of mentioning nuclear as a potential energy source.
Energy 11-03-2021

Ten years on, Japan mourns victims of earthquake and Fukushima disaster

With a moment of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear protests, Japan on Thursday (11 March) mourned about 20,000 victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan 10 years ago, destroying towns and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.
Energy 09-02-2021

Lawmakers call for ‘nuclear renaissance’ to support EU’s energy transition

Renewables will not be enough for Europe to meet its 2050 climate neutrality goal, says a coalition of centrist and conservative MEPs. Instead, the EU will need a nuclear renaissance to achieve it, they argue, referring to a fresh study on the EU’s climate policy.

Hydrogen produced from nuclear will be considered ‘low-carbon’, EU official says

The European Commission will consider hydrogen produced from nuclear power as "low-carbon", said a senior EU official who spoke in the European Parliament on Monday (16 November).
Energy 26-10-2020

Brussels ‘won’t stand in the way’ of new nuclear plants, says EU climate chief

The European Commission “will not stand in the way” of countries that choose to build new nuclear power stations, said EU climate chief Frans Timmermans, who warned however about the life-cycle costs of the technology, “which means that you will be stuck with it for a long, long, long time”.
Energy 22-10-2020

Poland to seek EU approval for state aid to build nuclear plant

Poland will ask the European Commission to approve state aid for the construction of a nuclear power station, the minister responsible for energy infrastructure said on Thursday (22 October). “It is impossible these days to build a nuclear power plan...

Bill Gates’ nuclear venture plans small reactors to complement solar, wind power

A nuclear energy venture founded by Bill Gates said Thursday (27 August) it hopes to build small advanced nuclear power stations that can store electricity to supplement grids increasingly supplied by intermittent sources like solar and wind power.

Gas and nuclear industries fight to the end for ‘green’ EU investment label

The gas and nuclear industries have ramped up lobbying to secure last-ditch changes to European rules defining which investments are sustainable, fearing that exclusion from a new “green” list could deprive them of billions of dollars of funding.
Europe's East 19-06-2020

Eastern Partnership teleconference sets priorities for summit in spring

EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) heads of state and governments as well as European institution leaders met on Thursday  (18 June) to discuss the COVID-19 crisis as well as reaffirm the strategic partnership and discuss its future. However, the talks...
Energy 12-06-2020

When it comes to nuclear power, fear is a bad advisor

There are many valid arguments against specific nuclear projects – including cost efficiency, safety, and environmental footprint. But one should also be honest in comparing the trade-offs with competing technologies, writes Pieter Cleppe.
Central Asia 19-05-2020

Uzbekistan pushes back against Russian criticism over language policy

Uzbekistan on Monday (18 May) pushed back against Russian criticism of its plans to enforce the use of the Uzbek language in the civil service, in a rare rebuke of Moscow by Tashkent amid otherwise warm ties.
Energy 28-04-2020

Czech government takes step towards building new nuclear block

The Czech government on Monday (27 April) approved agreements with majority state-owned electricity producer ČEZ setting out the framework for building a new nuclear power block to come online in 2036, state and company officials said.

Bulgaria wants €33 billion to start implementing the Green Deal

Bulgaria says it needs €33 billion to start meeting the main goals of the EU Green Deal over the next 10 years. The figure comes from government numbers seen by EURACTIV Bulgaria, which are yet to be presented to the European Commission.
Politics 17-01-2020

Austria and V4 agree on everything but nuclear

The leaders of the V4 group met on Thursday (16 January) in Prague’s renovated national museum to discuss migration, border security, competitiveness, enlargement and climate. The newly appointed Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, also in attendance, said he wanted to “fight”...
Energy 16-01-2020

Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Electricity 13-11-2019

Nuclear power ‘dead and alive’, S&P proclaims

Growing competition from cheap renewable electricity, safety concerns, and rising costs of new plants are slowly driving nuclear power over the edge – except in Russia and China where the industry continues to enjoy extensive state support, S&P said.
Electricity 21-10-2019

Messianic Perry preaches nuclear to sceptical Europeans

Small nuclear reactors can help “vulnerable nations take control of their destinies,” the US energy secretary said in Brussels today (21 October), claiming that small off-grid nuclear plants can bring electricity to poor nations and “disperse the darkness” around the globe.

Council maintains nuclear as eligible for ‘green’ finance

EU ministers have decided not to exclude nuclear projects from a sustainable finance classification scheme, despite opposition from Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the European Parliament.
Energy 10-07-2019

Russia readies to ratify Paris Agreement, warns about renewables ‘absolutism’

The Russian government will submit legislation to ratify the Paris climate agreement by September, but president Vladimir Putin warned against the perils of “absolutist” renewable energy. EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.

Nuclear power excluded from EU’s green investment label

The European Parliament voted on a proposed classification for sustainable assets on Thursday (28 March), voting to exclude nuclear power from receiving a green stamp of approval on financial markets.
Energy 28-11-2018

Macron wants France to become carbon neutral by 2050

Emmanuel Macron has presented the main lines of his energy policy. In order to be carbon neutral in 2050, France will accelerate the development of renewable energies, while not giving up nuclear energy. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 26-11-2018

Environmental organisations: German-French climate partnership

Environmental organisations are calling on Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to coordinate their countries’ climate and energy transitions. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.