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More than ten years after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, many lessons have been learnt that have helped improve preparedness for nuclear emergencies and awareness of the global risks that such accidents can entail. This includes a number of long-lasting, multidimensional impacts on health (including mental health and psychosocial support), the economy, and the environment. Recovery from a nuclear or radiological accident is a long, complex and resource-intensive process. To facilitate efficient recovery, it is important to establish processes and procedures during the preparedness phase to activate the resources required and to involve the relevant stakeholders at all …View Full Resource
As the energy transition accelerates, it is our responsibility, it is our opportunity, to ensure that in addition to contributing to a healthy planet by replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources, this is accomplished in a just and equitable manner providing prosperity for all. …View Full Resource
The low-carbon transition requires an economy-wide transformation encompassing the decarbonization of electricity and heat generation, transport, industry and buildings sectors. This entails investments across a number of low-carbon technologies. This paper focuses on ‘technologies of today’, in other words those that have demonstrated technological viability but remain at varying levels of commercial viability in developing countries.…View Full Resource
With the emergence of Carbon Capture and Storage as an essential tool to limit climate change impact and reduce emissions from energy intensive industries, interest in CCS has been growing at an unprecedented rate in recent years.
As a result of the key role played by CCS in the energy transition towards a net-zero future, the economic performance of CCS is becoming increasingly important and technology development fundamental to meet the demand for improved CO2 capture systems, transport costs and storage options.
In our inaugural Technology Compendium, authored by Dr. Nouman Mirza and Dr. David Kearns, we take a …View Full Resource
Strong emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will enable fleet operators, shippers, truck manufacturers, and parts suppliers to take advantage of the economic benefits of vehicle electrification. This report reveals that while economic signals are already propelling the industry toward electrification, without effective federal policy support, the transition will not happen fast enough to reach the global goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.…View Full Resource
Russia invading Ukraine was not the only thing that happened on February 24. Attracting barely any notice, just hours before, the White House published over 1,300 pages of reports from a yearlong and unprecedented investigation into the economic vulnerabilities brought on by global supply chains. In light of Putin’s carnage, these reports received almost no press attention. Yet they were eerily prescient about the challenges policymakers were about to face—namely, the disruptions wrought by attempting to economically decouple the US and its allies from authoritarian states.
This issue brief is the first-of-its-kind read-along to these supply chain reports. It documents …View Full Resource
Since the 1990s roughly two-thirds of the nation has joined competitive wholesale markets. Some states went further in disbanding monopolies and adopting competitive generation and retail supply. This webinar examined the state of competitive electricity markets and their potential role in the future of reliability and affordability.…View Full Resource
Should hazardous liquids pipelines be prepared to operate “manually” in the event of a future cyberattack? An almost million dollar fine proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) on Colonial Pipeline Company (“Colonial”) for, among other things, not having a communications plan in place for “manual operation” of the pipeline at all stations between Louisiana and New Jersey would suggest the answer is “yes…maybe.” PHMSA justifies this interpretation of its pipeline safety rules because, according to PHMSA, Colonial’s failure to have this communication plan in place exacerbated the supply issues and societal impact of the 2021 ransomware …View Full Resource
The Biden administration’s FY 2023 budget request for the Department of Energy (DOE) calls for a 25 percent increase in investment in clean energy RD&D over FY 2021 enacted levels. Along with the passage of the Energy Act of 2020 and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), this proposal is an encouraging sign for the progress of climate-tech innovation and would sustain the momentum of federal clean energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) programs. Continuing along this trajectory is vital to develop the climate solutions the world needs while strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. technology developers and manufacturers.
The …View Full Resource
Structured finance — often called project finance or limited-recourse finance — is a common means of developing large, capital-intensive assets like power plants and pipelines. Project finance isolates risk at the project level and supports lending with long-term contracts that provide stable, predictable revenue.
When attached to a coal-fired power plant or other fossil asset, the same long-term contracts that give creditors assurance of debt repayment also insulate the facility from market forces that would otherwise justify its replacement with clean energy alternatives. This circumstance poses a barrier to cost-effectively mitigating carbon pollution.
In this report, we present a scenario …View Full Resource