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Think-tank to explore how nuclear can play its part

A London-based pro-nuclear think-tank is launching an initiative to explore how nuclear science and technology can help achieve the 17 UN sustainable development goals by the target date of 2030. New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) said the ‘Yes to Nuclear Perspectives’ initiative is backed by Belgium-based nuclear consultancy Nuclear-21, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance and World Nuclear Transport Institute.

15 February 2021

by David Dalton, NucNet

Media Release: NNWI is launching 'Yes to Nuclear Perspectives'

Initiative

The New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) is launching a new initiative ‘Yes to Nuclear Perspectives’. This initiative is backed by the Nuclear-21, Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA), and World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI). The aim is to explore how nuclear science and technology can help mankind to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals by the target date of 2030.

15 February 2021

by NNWI, Nuclear-21, NIA, WNTI

Nuclear Energy and COP26

One positive outcome of the COVID-19 induced worldwide economic slump is the unforeseen drop in greenhouse gas emissions it has caused. There is a lot at stake for the nuclear industry. The growing urgency of the need to completely decarbonise electricity generation offers it, at least in theory, a huge opportunity. Since 2015, recognition of the scale of the climate change threat has risen steadily.

10 February 2021

by Nuclear Engineering International

Tim Yeo: Delivering net zero

Advanced nuclear energy must play a role if we are serious about decarbonising society, says Tim Yeo at the New Nuclear Watch Institute. The need to increase both the scale and speed of humanity’s response to climate change becomes more urgent every day. Total decarbonisation of all our societies is now widely accepted as the goal. Agreement on how to achieve it is more elusive.

4 February 2021

by Energy Focus (The EIC)

Why global boundaries need to be forgotten for Carbon Neutral goal

With the world’s three most populous countries aligning with Nuclear, now is the time to unite to secure its future. It is clear that if the threat of dangerous irreversible climate change is to be averted there is no time to lose. Complete decarbonisation of the energy industry must be achieved as soon as possible. That requires a big contribution from nuclear as well as from renewables.

Jan/Feb 2021

by Nuclear Focus (Nuclear Institute)

Progress will depend on policies that do not discriminate against nuclear

Nuclear-produced hydrogen could make a sizeable contribution to the development of the hydrogen economy in the UK and Europe, but progress will depend on the adoption of technology-neutral policies which do now discriminate against nuclear power, a think-tank says in a new report. Cost of using reactors for production would be lower than wind, report also concludes.

17 December 2020

by David Dalton, NucNet

Hydrogen can be a 'vital' tool in the decarbonisation of energy systems

There has never been a greater focus on the development of a clean hydrogen market. A new report by the New Nuclear Watch Institute analyses the potential of hydrogen as a decarbonising agent as well as the state of present-day policy. It notes the “valuable role” that nuclear-produced hydrogen can play in hastening the development of a widespread hydrogen deployment. 

17 December 2020

by EU Political Report

NNWI report looks at nuclear's role in hydrogen production

The UK-based New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI), an industry supported think-tank, has published a 28-page report “On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy” NNWI says the scale-up of clean hydrogen production, along with the decrease in cost that will accompany it, is vital for the transition to a decarbonised energy system.

17 December 2020

by Nuclear Engineering International

Study confirms benefits of using nuclear power for robust hydrogen economy

The research, titled ‘On the Role of Nuclear Power in the Development of a European Hydrogen Economy’, concludes that using nuclear power to produce hydrogen has several advantages compared to using intermittent renewables. The new report also explores the possible future development of EU hydrogen policy, taking into consideration the European Commission’s ‘A Hydrogen Strategy for a Climate-Neutral Europe’.

16 December 2020

by NNWI

New study makes 'clear case' for technology-neutral policies

A new report highlights the “sizeable contribution” that nuclear-produced hydrogen, using electrolyzer technology, could have in the development of the hydrogen economy. It goes on to caution though that the realisation of those benefits will depend on the adoption of technology-neutral policies which “do not discriminate against nuclear power.”

16 December 2020

by EU Reporter

Hydrogen policies must include nuclear, says NNWI

Nuclear-produced hydrogen, using electrolyser technology, could have a "sizeable contribution" to make in the development of the hydrogen economy, according to a new report from the New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) think-tank. However, it says the realisation of those benefits will depend on the adoption of technology-neutral policies, which do not discriminate against nuclear power.

16 December 2020

by World Nuclear News

Tim Yeo: Response to Energy White Paper

The white paper addresses the transformation of our energy system, promoting high-skilled jobs and clean, resilient economic growth as we deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. The New Nuclear Watch Institute welcomes the commitment in the White Paper to bringing "at least one further large-scale nuclear project to the point if FID by the end of this Parliament."

15 December 2020

by NNWI 

Tim Yeo: Response to IEA / OECD NEA report

This joint report by the IEA and the NEA is the ninth in a series of studies on electricity generating costs. As countries work towards ensuring an electricity supply that is reliable, affordable and increasingly low carbon, it is crucial that policymakers, modellers and experts have at their disposal reliable information on the cost of generation.

10 December 2020

by NNWI 

Unlocking hydrogen markets with low-cost nuclear production

Through both existing and new technologies, nuclear power has significant potential to catalyze carbon-free hydrogen and ammonia markets. Join leaders from energy, transport and industry companies who are working to advance the hydrogen and green ammonia markets, along with nuclear industry players who will discuss the potential and how it can be achieved.

2-3 December 2020

by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Tim Yeo: Meeting the rising demand for electricity

One of the few certainties in the energy industry is that demand for electricity will rise substantially. Although there is consensus about the urgency of the need to decarbonise electricity production if the world is to get anywhere near meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Accord there is less agreement about the best way to do this.

30 October 2020

by New Europe

Essential role of nuclear in the urgently needed transformation 

of the world's energy system

Anyone concerned about climate change should recognise that no single form of energy can avert the threat on its own. We need both renewable and nuclear energy, as well as much more energy efficiency, in the next decade to prevent climate change from becoming irreversible. Supporters of investment in nuclear do not demand for it to be prioritised over renewables.

26 October 2020

by Tim Yeo and others

New nuclear 'the most efficient way' to decarbonise grids, NNWI 

report finds

A new report published today by New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) concludes that new nuclear build is the most efficient way to achieve decarbonisation of the electricity grid, being able to reduce system carbon intensity by up to 34% per megawatt of installed capacity compared to intermittent renewables. It recommends that policymakers look beyond the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE).

22 October 2020

by World Nuclear News

Tim Yeo: Making sure the global economic recovery is  

sustainable

Before Covid-19 struck, Green New Deals, sometimes stronger on vision than specifics, were becoming fashionable in rich western countries. In the post-pandemic crisis world, the danger is climate commitments slip down the priority list. To prevent this a response involving a wider group than the G7 and the BRICS is needed.

4 June 2020

by New Europe

Tim Yeo: Europe's big plans for small modular reactors  

A game-changer in this scenario may soon appear in the form of small modular reactors (SMRs). SMRs can be sited in more varied locations, away from large grid systems, and can bring power to remote or less developed areas, or those where demand is too low to justify bigger plants. They can also fit easily on redundant brownfield sites which are not large enough to host a 1GW nuclear reactor.

23 April 2020

by Energy Focus (The EIC)

Tim Yeo: The nuclear option  

The United Kingdom is a global leader in its response to climate change. In the last century scientists helped raise public understanding of the issue. Former Member of Parliament for South Suffolk and current chair of The New Nuclear Watch Institute sets out the case for nuclear power as an integral part of the UK's energy mix. In the last century our scientists helped raise public understanding of the issue. 

23 April 2020

by New Statesman

Europe must not ignore nuclear in fight against climate change   

NNWI boss Tim Yeo says there is a 'big opportunity' for Europe to become an industry leader in tackling climate change. Europe’s policymakers and nuclear industry are missing a “unique opportunity” to tackle the climate emergency. Speaking to industry delegates in London yesterday, think-tank boss Yeo advocated the creation of a European Green New Deal to address climate change.

7 November 2019

by Andrew Fawthrop, NS Energy

Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future   

Nuclear has a place in Europe's energy mix, but rising costs - even if only perceived - need to be addressed to ensure future growth. Speaking at NNWI Forum 2019: Nuclear energy as part of Europe's energy mix, Jonathan Cobb, senior communication manager at World Nuclear Association, noted that nuclear's primary role is to generate electricity, not to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 

7 November 2019

by World Nuclear News

We have to take cost risks on low-carbon projects   

The urgency of the climate crisis means that the world cannot wait for a decade or more to find out whether immature technologies - such as carbon, capture and storage - will work, the former chair of parliament’s energy and climate change committee has warned.

7 November 2019

by David Blackman, Utility Week

A European Green New Deal   

The urgency of the climate crisis means that the world cannot wait for a decade or more to find out whether immature technologies - such as carbon, capture and storage - will work, the former chair of parliament’s energy and climate change committee has warned. Europe has been at the forefront of the world's response to the challenge of climate change for more than two decades, setting increasingly tough standards and targets.

6 November 2019

by Tim Yeo, The New Nuclear Watch Institute

Nuclear energy has a key role to play in Europe's low-carbon   

future

The European Union is currently in the midst of an important transition period. After the European Parliamentary elections, the new European Commission is being formed with Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen at the helm. On many occasions, Mrs. von der Leyen has underlined that one of her top priorities would be making Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent.

6 November 2019

by Yves Desbazeille, FORATOM

Making the case for nuclear in the energy mix   

Global electricity demand is rising. Nearly a billion people lack access to electricity. Two billion more people will need electricity by 2050 as the global population expands. ​It is fortunate then, that electricity is one of the few cornerstones of modern life where the practicality of a low carbon future has been demonstrated on a major scale.

6 November 2019

by Jonathan Cobb, World Nuclear Association

Can nuclear energy be a competitive climate change option   

today?

To manage climate change, we need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the global energy system to near zero by mid-century. All credible studies, including the IPCC, IEA and European Commission therefore conclude that nuclear energy should continue to play a significant role in a cost effective, timely and successful climate mitigation effort.

6 November 2019

by Kirsty Gogan, Energy for Humanity

Nuclear power in a clean energy system   

Nuclear power, along with hydropower, form the backbone of low-carbon electricity generation. Together, they provide three-quarters of global low-carbon generation. However, in advanced economies, nuclear power has begun to fade, with plants closing and little new investment made, just when the world requires more low-carbon electricity.

6 November 2019

by Peter Fraser, IEA

Economic benefits of nuclear  

It is legitimate to expect our energy generators to provide good value for money for consumers, but we have been side-tracked into a narrow and sterile debate about price per MWh. ​We need a more rounded debate about the costs of investment in energy infrastructure overall – including who pays for it - recognising that these can be very high, especially for trailblazer projects, but tend to reduce over time.

6 November 2019

by Sue Ferns, Prospect

Hinkley Point C: Building a legacy  

Decarbonising the UK economy by moving away from gas and coal energy generation and towards a future powered by low carbon electricity is essential for the UK to tackle climate change. Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station being built by EDF Energy and our partners, CGN, in Somerset, will produce low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK need.

6 November 2019

by Mark Hartley, EDF Energy

The crucial role nuclear will play in a decarbonised world 

As the NNWI forum gathers in London we have to face a difficult truth: right now, nuclear is losing the battle when it comes to costs. The £92.50 per MWh price agreed for Hinkley Point C reflected the fact that this was a first of a kind project. At the time it was significantly cheaper than offshore wind. Since then much has changed.

6 November 2019

by Alan Raymant, CGN UK

Cutting the costs of new nuclear power plants 

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the independent body preparing the UK against climate effects, we need to quadruple low carbon production in order to deliver ‘net zero’ by 2050, through a combination of ‘intermittent’ renewable sources alongside ‘firm’ low carbon generation. UK government has confirmed its commitment to low carbon nuclear electricity on the basis that the cost can be reduced.

6 November 2019

by Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy

A reliable future 

The climate emergency is now. We need bold and brave people to make the right solutions possible. Nuclear projects are substantive, and long term investments, that will support decarbonisation and reduction of the impact of humans for this generation, and many generations to come.

6 November 2019

by Dr Ben Britton, Imperial College London

What are we here for? 

In any endeavour it is important to be clear about your motivations – the reasons ‘why’ you do what you do. Keeping these needs, values and principles in mind will guide your decision making and maintain your drive to reach the goal, whether it be large or small. 

6 November 2019

by Jeremy Gordon, Fluent in Energy

Nuclear may be well established, but it needs to make a strong

case

Atomic power has been with us in this country since Queen Elizabeth II switched on one of four magnox reactors at Calder Hall on 17 October 1956. Sixty-three years on, nuclear power accounts for a quarter of the UK’s and a tenth of the world’s overall power supply. Back then, the public was deeply divided as to the merits of atomic energy, with many people concerned.

6 November 2019

by Adrian Pepper, Pepper Media Group

Decarbonisation in South East Europe and the role of nuclear

power

In view of the very ambitious targets set by the European Commission for decarbonising power generation across Europe, and SE Europe in particular, which relies a great deal on coal and lignite for power generation, and the inadequate policies so far applied, it is highly debatable if the targets set for 2020 and the revised, even higher ones for 2030, let alone those of 2050, can actually be met.

6 November 2019

by Costis Stambolis, IENE

Are we finally ready to tackle climate with both hands?

There has been no lack of stories, discussions and hashtags on the topic of climate urgency recently. And for good reason. Climate science’s message on the matter has been growing more and more serious, and ominous. For the last 30 years we have been talking about doing something, but not accomplishing that much. Emissions are still rising.

6 November 2019

by Rauli Partanen, Think Atom

Tim Yeo: Nuclear power is a reliable source

It is encouraging when an authoritative energy expert like Professor Nick Butler, who has not been slow to criticise the nuclear industry in the past, declares that the operating lifetime of nuclear plants should be extended to facilitate the energy transition. In doing so he echoes the recommendations of the International Energy Agency’s report, launched at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Vancouver last May.

28 October 2019

by New Europe

Tim Yeo: Time for commonsense regulation

The need for much faster reduction in fossil fuel use is now almost universally accepted. This poses a challenge for electricity, almost two thirds of which is generated using carbon intensive fossil fuels. Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy nuclear power remains the largest source of low carbon electricity in the developed world, accounting for about one fifth of power generation.

19 June 2019

by New Europe

Tim Yeo: A green new deal for Europe

The Green New Deal launched recently by the Democrats is a welcome sign that some American politicians support urgent action to address climate change. The deal's aim of cutting carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 is very challenging. It envisages abandoning nuclear energy as well as ending the use of fossil fuels. This reflects the left wing inclinations of many of its backers and their preference for renewables.

10 May 2019

by New Europe

Tim Yeo: The role of nuclear in a low-carbon Europe

Europe is leading the world’s response to climate change. Challenging carbon emissions reduction targets are accelerating decarbonisation of many parts of the economy while reform of the European Union Emissions Trading System is boosting the price of EU carbon allowances towards a level that incentivises more investment in low-carbon technologies.  

11 February 2019

by Energy Focus (The EIC)

Electricity generation costs could rise by 15% without nuclear

Abandoning nuclear power could drive up UK electricity generation costs by 15 per cent while more than tripling the amount of carbon produced per kWh by the power sector, according to a new report by the New Nuclear Watch Institute.

27 October 2018

by David Blackman, Utility Week

Interview with Tim Yeo: Convincing Europe to embrace nuclear

power

Tim Yeo faces an uphill struggle in trying to persuade Europeans to think nuclear. Yeo adds that his support for nuclear being part of a nation’s energy mix “was also strengthened by the fact that Sizewell (nuclear power station) was in the nextdoor constituency to mine in Suffolk, and I knew it had a high reputation as a good employer. It was seen by the local community as a clean form of energy."

26 October 2018

by Petroleum Economist

UK nuclear phaseout would be a costly mistake, says think tank

Electricity generating costs would rise by 15% and carbon emissions from the power sector would more than triple by 2030 if the UK were to abandon nuclear energy in favour of a mix of wind and gas. The NNWI report - titled The False Economy of Abandoning Nuclear Power - considers both the environmental impact and the financial costs of phasing out nuclear by 2030.

26 October 2018

by World Nuclear News

Abandoning nuclear power plans 'would push up carbon 

emissions'

Abandoning the UK’s ambitions for a number of new nuclear power stations would cause carbon emissions to spike and push up energy costs, according to lobbyists led by a former Conservative MP. The New Nuclear Watch Institute warned against what it called the “folly of technological tribalism” of pursuing a future powered by renewables and gas-fired power stations, rather than any new nuclear plants.

26 September 2018

by Adam Vaughan, The Guardian

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