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Progress as nations sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Ekklesia 28th Sept 2018 , Once 50 states ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it
will enter into force and become international law. With these new
ratifications and signatories, the Treaty is nearly 40 per cent of the way
there, 12 months after being opened for signature.

September 29, 2018 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

UK: Greenpeace legal action against building of Wylfa Newydd B nuclear reactor.

Wylfa  no2nuclearpower, 7 Sept 18

Plans to clear a site to build a new £12bn nuclear power station have been approved despite strong opposition. Horizon Nuclear Power will now start the 15-month process to clear an area measuring just over a square mile (740 acres) to build the new Wylfa Newydd B reactor.

But Greenpeace has taken legal action arguing work should not start until Wylfa B is given the official go-ahead.
Anglesey council unanimously approved the plans in a meeting on Wednesday. Horizon does not have the Development Consent Order (DCO) for the nuclear plant, a process that could take at least 18 months for the planning inspectorate to decide upon. But planning officials said giving it prior permission would speed up the construction process. Ahead of the council’s planning meeting, Greenpeace solicitors launched a legal challenge against the officials’ recommendation. The campaigners said the council’s report had “mistakenly relied upon the government’s Nuclear Energy National Policy Statement as a key justification for their support for Horizon’s plan to clear the site”…..

September 29, 2018 Posted by | Legal, UK | Leave a comment

France’s push for solar rooftops

Reuters 27th Sept 2018,  French Ecology Minister Francois de Rugy has approved 392 rooftop solar
power projects with a total capacity of 230 megawatts (MW) under a plan
launched in 2016 to develop 1,450 MW of solar capacity within three years.
France wants to develop more wind, solar and other low-carbon energy
sources to cut its dependence on nuclear energy power, which currently
counts for over 75 percent of its needs.

September 29, 2018 Posted by | decentralised, France | Leave a comment

UK’s Sizewell C nuclear power project – a figment of the imagination

 NuClear News, October 18 Sizewell C – a figment of the imagination In an interview with The Times in April EDF Energy’s UK chief executive, Simone Rossi, said that rapid progress was needed on the development of Hinkley Point C because promised cost savings would not materialise if there was a significant delay between work on the two. (1)
 EDF does not need to strike a deal on Sizewell with the government this year, but Mr Rossi wants to be confident that it will be possible to reach an agreement. “This is the year where we need to understand whether this whole thing is really feasible or not,” he told The Times. “If we were to conclude that maybe it’s not feasible, then at that point maybe we say we are not in a position to continue the project.” EDF is pushing for a Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model.
The GMB has been urging a go ahead for Sizewell C because it faces an uncertain future, after the tion in National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) pushed for a reduction in the government’s plans for new nuclear power stations. (2)
  1. Times 4th April 2018
2. Compelo 27th Sept 2018

September 29, 2018 Posted by | politics, UK | Leave a comment

Energy efficiency – arguably the most effective tool for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

FT 28th Sept 2018 , Shinzo Abe makes a stirring pitch for all of us to save the earth
while we still can, arguing that “no alternative” should be excluded. But
the path to energy efficiency should not only include the marketable new
technologies he highlights.
Considering that more than half of all
electricity is consumed in buildings, and that the nuclear meltdowns in
Fukushima have been followed by aggressive construction of coal power
plants, it is time for Japan to get serious about passive strategies for
energy savings. It is time for Japan’s building codes to demand homes be
insulated and architects and engineers embrace the modest and affordable
approaches to conservation that have been used in most developed countries
for decades.

September 29, 2018 Posted by | ENERGY | Leave a comment