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  • A rapid German exit from nuclear energy may prove beneficial

    Opinion | Development Policy 19-05-2011

    Eberhard Rhein argues the benefits of rapidly removing Germany's nuclear plants far outstrip the economic costs.

  • Chernobyl remembered, Fukushima protested

    News | 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

    News | 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

    News | 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

    News | 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

    News | 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

    News | 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’

    News | 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

    News | 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.

  • Calls to shut down ‘Europe’s Fukushima’

    News | Energy 21-03-2011

    A 40-year old Spanish nuclear power plant built to the same design model as Fukushima's disaster-struck reactor number one has become engulfed by calls for it to be shut down, while Brussels is questioning the safety of EU installations and has pushed for stress tests of nuclear power plants.

  • Brussels nuclear debate goes into meltdown

    News | Climate change 17-03-2011

    The European commissioner in charge of climate action, Connie Hedegaard, has signalled that EU decisions on commissioning new energy capacity are "very much likely to be influenced" by the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

  • Alarm bells ring over Europe’s nuclear expansion

    Special Report | News | Energy 15-03-2011

    As Japan's nuclear crisis deepens, fears are growing within Europe's wind industry about European Commission plans to put nuclear power on a par with renewable energies in the post-2020 low-carbon environment.