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  • Italian minister says reject nuclear power, not research

    Energy 19-01-2012

    Italians decidedly rejected the use of existing nuclear power plants, but that does not mean abandoning the study and research on atomic energy, said Environment Minister Corrado Clini. Speaking to EURACTIV Italy in an exclusive interview, Clini also addressed other issues related to EU environmental policy and cooperation with Brazil in advance of the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

  • Western powers step up sanctions on Iran

    Global Europe 22-11-2011

    The United States, Britain and Canada yesterday (21 November) announced new sanctions on Iran's energy and financial sectors, steps analysts said may raise pressure on Tehran but were unlikely to halt its nuclear program.

  • EU must double energy grid funding, says study

    Energy 08-11-2011

    European Union nations must nearly double investment in power grid construction in the decade after 2020 if they are to get on the path to carbon-free electricity by mid-century, the European Climate Foundation (ECF) think-tank said yesterday (7 November).

  • Belgium to shut down nuclear plants by 2025

    Energy 02-11-2011

    Belgium's political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country's two remaining nuclear power stations, owned by GDF Suez unit Electrabel, a government spokeswoman said earlier this week.

  • Chernobyl remembered, Fukushima protested

    Climate change 26-04-2011

    Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at its Chernobyl plant today (26 April), as global protests sparked by leaks from reactors at Japan's Fukushima plant continued.

  • MEPs question cash-strapped ITER in light of Fukushima

    Innovation & Industry 20-04-2011

    EU nuclear fusion project ITER should be abandoned because it is set to be built in an earthquake zone, like the stricken Fukushima plant in Japan, MEPs will argue today (20 April) as last-chance proposals for the project to pay off a €1.3 billion funding shortfall are tabled for discussion.

  • EU helps finance new Chernobyl sarcophagus

    Energy 19-04-2011

    Ukraine is looking to the world today (19 April) to pledge more funds to help it contain the consequences of history's worst nuclear accident. The EU, which has so far committed the lion's share to Chernobyl-related projects, committed another €110 million for a new sarcophagus, sealing the damaged reactor at least until the end of the century.

  • Renewable energy prospects rise with nuclear unease

    Climate change 01-04-2011

    Public unease about nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster is prompting renewed scrutiny of renewable power options by governments across the world.

  • ‘Fukushima fears’ boost gas prospects

    Energy 01-04-2011

    Japan's nuclear crisis will speed the elimination of nuclear power from some European countries and render many planned projects too risky, ultimately increasing Europe's dependence on gas.

  • Two injured in bomb attack on Swiss nuclear lobbyists

    Energy 01-04-2011

    Two women were injured in a letter bomb explosion at the offices of the Swiss nuclear lobby group in the northern Swiss city of Olten yesteday (31 March), a few days after the government suspended its approval process for three new nuclear power stations in response to the disaster in Japan.

  • Energy savings could mothball ’98 nuclear reactors’

    Energy 24-03-2011

    If the EU's 2009 Eco-design Directive were to be implemented fully, the end-use energy savings by 2020 could alleviate the need for another 98 Fukushima-sized nuclear reactors, according to calculations by the European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation (ECOS).

  • Stressed-out nuclear plants face uncertain fate

    Climate change 22-03-2011

    The future of nuclear reactors which fail the European Commission's promised stress tests is up in the air, after EU energy ministers confirmed yesterday (21 March) that participation in the EU-mandated tests would not be binding, and ultimate responsibility for nuclear policy would remain at national level.