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  February 2015  
  e-Bulletin is FORATOM's monthly external newsletter. It provides a wrap-up of what happened recently in the nuclear sector in Europe and of EU institutional developments related to nuclear. Anyone can subscribe to it and it is available on the FORATOM public website.  

FORATOM priorities for a European Energy Union: enhancing nuclear’s contribution to a sustainable, competitive and reliable energy mix

ImageFORATOM welcomes the intention of the European Commission (EC) to create a European Energy Union and its efforts to highlight the crucial role energy plays in the wider economic strategy for Europe. Maroš Šefčovič, the new Vice-president for Energy Union, outlined in a speech at the European Parliament (EP) on 27 January the five priorities of an Energy Union: enhance security of energy supply; build a single internal energy market; increase energy efficiency; decarbonise the economy, and boost research and innovation. The EC should publish on 25 February 2015 its Proposal for a Strategic Framework for the Energy Union listing the key actions to be taken in order to achieve these priorities. The Proposal should be discussed during the European Summit on 19-20 March 2015. The Latvian EU Presidency will hold a high-level ministerial conference on 6 February 2015 in Riga in which FORATOM Director General, Jean-Pol Poncelet, has been invited to speak about the decarbonisation of the EU energy mix.

IEA & OECD/NEA call for policy-makers to create level-playing field for all low-carbon technologies including nuclear

ImageThe International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD published jointly on 29 January 2015 the Technology Roadmap: Nuclear Energy Update 2015, which highlights the essential role nuclear power will play to limit global warming to 2°C by 2050.

Nuclear for Climate

The Prince of Wales’s CLG Trillion Tonne Communiqué

FORATOM signed on 13 February 2015 The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG)’s Trillion Tonne Communiqué. The CLG convenes business leaders from major UK, EU, and international companies who believe that there is an urgent need to develop new and longer term policies for tackling climate change. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that if atmospheric GHG emissions exceed more than a trillion tonnes of CO2 then the global average temperature increase is likely to exceed 2°C. The Communiqué calls on policy-makers to deliver a global goal of net zero emissions before the end of the century, a fundamental redesign of the energy system and a plan to manage the emissions from fossil fuels. The signing of the Communiqué is in line with the Nuclear for Climate initiative launched by nuclear associations and societies from all over the world, in which FORATOM is actively involved.

Fight Climate change now - Rajendra K Pachauri, IPCC Chair   Electricity and climate change: Why the world needs nuclear energy




EDF Energy announces 10
more years for Dungeness B


Picture"We have to treble or quadruple low or zero carbon sources of energy supply... we'll have to go in for low carbon energy sources, and that will include renewables, nuclear, carbon capture and storage and of course improvements in the efficiency of energy use." Rajendra K Pachauri, IPCC Chairman on 17 February 2015 (source: Nuclear for Climate)

Picture"Nuclear power can help to improve energy security, reduce the impact of volatile fossil fuel prices, mitigate the effects of climate change, and make economies more competitive. Nuclear can deliver the steady supply of base-load electricity needed to power a modern economy." Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, on 26 January 2015 in Singapore
Picture"I have the view that if you're having a serious debate about energy, you cannot exclude nuclear. We have a dependence on damaging carbon-based energy sources which are effectively destroying the planet. You cannot preside over a full debate by excluding anything." Alex White, Energy Minister for the Republic of Ireland, on 31 December 2014 (source: WNN)

Energy Transition Law: Experts Predict Stability for Nuclear Investments

The Winter 2014 edition of the Energy Market Barometer carried out by the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) surveyed French energy experts. It indicates what their predictions are for the future electricity mix in France and in the European Union, how they assess the regulatory conditions in France in terms of investments in energy technologies, and what their expectations are regarding the energy developments and the evolution of CO2 prices. One of the main results from the barometer is that less than a quarter of experts believe that by 2025, France will have achieved the goal of reducing its nuclear dependence to 50% of the electricity mix.

According to the latest opinion poll conducted by Febeliec, two Belgians out of three want current nuclear power plants to continue operating in the future

According to an opinion poll commissioned by the federation of industrial energy consumers carried out from December 2014 to January 2015, almost nine out of ten Belgians think that Belgium must reduce its energy dependency from neighbouring countries. A similar proportion believes that renewables must be part of the energy mix in the future and two thirds include nuclear energy in this mix. Sixty four percent of the people surveyed also think that shutting down nuclear power plants within the next ten years is not feasible if the country wants to ensure security of energy supply.

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