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European unions call again for nuclear to be part of the EU taxonomy
29 July, 2021
European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions -from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".
Foratom welcomes EC’s Fit for 55 package
20 July, 2021
European nuclear trade association Foratom on 14 July welcomed the European Commission’s (EC’s) Fit for 55 package and said it fully supports all proposals which aim to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the Climate Law and Paris Agreement. Foratom noted that the bar has been set very high as it will apply to a broad range of sectors including industry, buildings and transport.
MEPS argue for green nuclear
12 July, 2021
Some 86 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have sent a letter to the European Commission (EC) calling on Commissioners "to follow the science" and include nuclear under the EU's Sustainable Finance Taxonomy. The MEPs urge them "to choose the path that their scientific experts have now advised them to take", namely to include nuclear power in the EU's Taxonomy on Sustainable Finance. The letter was organised by Swedish MEP Sara Skyttedal, member of the Swedish Christian Democrats and the European People’s Party, and signed by MEPs from 18 countries across the political spectrum.
EU anti-nuclear states urge excluding nuclear from green taxonomy
05 July, 2021
A group of five EU member states led by Germany have sent a letter to the European Commission (EC) asking for nuclear energy to be kept out of the EU’s green finance taxonomy.
Foratom urges EU support for nuclear medicine
17 June, 2021
European nuclear trade association Foratom on 14 June released a position paper on, “Medical Uses of Nuclear Technology Role, Challenges & Perspectives”, urging the European Union (EU) to promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet. The 24-page paper, issued jointly with Nuclear Medicine Europe, made a number of recommendations aimed at maintaining the current level of medical radioisotopes supply.
Poland bets on nuclear to meet EU climate goals
02 June, 2021
Witold Strzelecki discusses why Poland is looking to nuclear energy to help decarbonise its power system
Foratom urges investment policy planning for low-carbon technologies
20 May, 2021
European nuclear trade association Foratom has released its Investment Framework Task Force Report urging investment policy planning for low-carbon technologies such as nuclear power. This “is critical for driving investments in technologies which will help achieve the climate neutrality goals embedded in the European Green Deal,” it says. According to the 28-page report, the investment rating and the ability to attract debt for new projects have a central role to play in the process of financing new nuclear projects. In addition, multiple financing mechanisms are required to access a variety of sources of capital.
Key nuclear organisations demand recognition of nuclear as a low carbon energy
17 May, 2021
In a joint statement issued on 14 May, the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), European nuclear trade organisation Foratom, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF), the US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the UK Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) and the World Nuclear Association (WNA) called for nuclear power to be recognised as a clean, low carbon energy source.
Foratom promotes the role of nuclear in hydrogen production
06 May, 2021
European nuclear trade association Foratom on 4 May released a position paper on nuclear’s role in the generation of low-carbon and hydrogen. “The EU has set itself the very ambitious target of decarbonising its economy by 2050. Achieving this will require a massive transformation of the energy, industry, transport and building sectors”, said Yves Desbazeille, Foratom Director General. “Hydrogen is one of the technologies which could help Europe reach its goals. But two challenges remain: producing real low-carbon hydrogen and expanding its use to a broad range of energy intensive sectors that need it.”
Nuclear industry urges climate leaders to consider nuclear power
26 April, 2021
Ahead of the US-led climate summit on 22-23 April, nuclear industry organisations issued a press statement urging the inclusion of nuclear power in those discussions. The statement was issued jointly by Canadian Nuclear Association, European nuclear trade association Foratom, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the US Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK Nuclear Industry Association and the World Nuclear Association.
EC indicates nuclear will be added to EU Taxonomy
22 April, 2021
In a communication on 21 April, the European Commission (EC) effectively made a number of amendments to the EU Taxonomy Regulation, which entered into force in July 2020, signalling the inclusion in the taxonomy of nuclear energy. This followed significant pressure from the nuclear industry and NGOs as well as a report from the EC’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) which found no evidence that nuclear energy does more harm to human health or to the environment than other electricity production technologies already included in the Taxonomy.
EC’s JRC says nuclear “does no significant harm”
30 March, 2021
A Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, dated 19 March, has concluded that nuclear is no more harmful to human health or to the environment than any other energy technology considered to be sustainable. The 397-page report, which according to European nuclear trade association Foratom, was “leaked” to the press, “aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process”. It notes that “the scientific output expressed does not imply a policy position of the European Commission”. The report, titled “Technical assessment of nuclear energy with respect to the ‘do no significant harm’ criteria of Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (‘Taxonomy Regulation’), is designated “sensitive”. The assessment was conducted by JRC, whose mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
UKSMR consortium joins Foratom
18 March, 2021
The UKSMR consortium led by Rolls-Royce said on 15 March that it had joined European nuclear trade association Foratom, “as it develops its global reach and eyes a vibrant export market”. The UKSMR consortium is designing a low-cost factory built small modular reactor (SMR).
Foratom and Canadian Nuclear Association strengthen collaboration
29 January, 2021
The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) and the European Atomic Forum (Foratom) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) om 27 January to collaborate in nuclear energy and to promote clean, innovative and advanced nuclear technologies.
Nuclear delivers a stronger tomorrow
24 September, 2020
Agneta Rising and John Lindberg give an overview of the World Nuclear Association’s latest reports on nuclear power
EU Court of Justice rejects Austrian appeal against Hinkley Point C
24 September, 2020
The European Court of Justice on 22 September rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's (EC’s) 2014 decision to approve UK government aid for the construction of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England.
European Parliament committee seeks stringent emission reduction targets
17 September, 2020
European nuclear trade organisation FORATOM has welcomed the European Commission’s proposal to increase its 2030 CO2 emission reduction target to at least 55%.
New EC 'Green Deal' strategies ignore nuclear power
13 July, 2020
The European Commission (EC) on 8 July presented two strategies as part of its Green Deal – “An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration”, and “A hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe”.
Foratom welcomes EC decision to assess nuclear’s eligibility for green finance
06 July, 2020
The European Atomic Forum (Foratom) has welcomed the European Commission’s decision to appoint the Joint Research Centre (JRC) as the group of experts which will assess nuclear under the sustainable finance taxonomy.
Europe’s nuclear industry addresses an open letter to EU leaders
08 June, 2020
In an open letter on 3 June addressed to “EU Decision-makers” and signed by 25 companies and 14 associations, including European nuclear trade body Foratom, Europe’s nuclear industry said it “is ready and able to play its part, supporting national and EU clean, green economic revival”.