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War in Europe.In these dark hours, our thoughts go to the Ukrainian people.This morning the Russian army launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, penetrating its territory and bombing the capital Kiev and other important cities. Western threats will therefore not have affected Vladimir Putin’s determination to attack a free and sovereign country. And yet Germany had just announced…

Scientifically, the cause is heard. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has demonstrated this in depth: nuclear power has no more impact on the environment or human health than other low-carbon energy sources already included in the Taxonomy of sustainable investments of the European Union in terms of moderation of global warming. It is even…

The Voices of Nuclear, Generation Atomic and several other citizen associations in favor of nuclear energy have collaborated to write an open letter to the European Parliament. This letter asks parliamentarians to accept the conclusions of the scientific study on the health and environmental impact of nuclear power produced by the Joint Research Centre of…

Climate

Misperception of risk ⚠️x🎲 ! The Swiss Federal Office of Public Protection (OFPP) 🇨🇭 produced this risk diagram at the end of 2020, positioning events according to their probability of occurrence and their expected damage (here in financial cost). The more an event is located in the upper right, the higher the risk it represents…

If only we had a dense and abundant low-carbon energy source, which was proven decades ago to effectively substitute for coal and fossil gas where it is deployed on the scale needed… “Global CO2 emissions are expected to reach unprecedented levels by 2023 and continue to grow thereafter, warns the International Energy Agency” It might…

Technology

Because there is more to life than EPRs, and because industrial heat will have to be decarbonized in all its uses, let’s take a look at the new start-ups! On February 10, the President confirmed an envelope of one billion euros to support the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMR) through calls for projects.…

“We don’t know how to dismantle nuclear power plants”We still hear this statement regularly, in comments and media statements, without being denied. And yet … It’s false. Yes, we know how to do it in France: the dismantling of Chooz A, a pressurized water reactor (PWR) type like the rest of the French fleet in…

Nuclear in the EU

Nuclear energy, a bulwark against soaring energy prices, and an instrument of energy sovereignty. New episode. Japanese steelmaker calls for a faster restart of the country’s nuclear reactors. Tokyo Steel says nuclear energy is key to reviving the competitiveness of Japan’s manufacturing industry. Currently, soaring energy prices are undermining the profitability of Japanese companies. A…

Germany is weighing whether to extend the life-span of its remaining nuclear power plants as a way to secure the country’s energy supply in the face of uncertainty over Russian gas supplies, the country’s economy minister Robert Habeck said. Two days earlier, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on German television: “We buy 50% of our coal…

On December 31, Germany definitively shut down three fully operational nuclear reactors, representing 4 GW of low-carbon, cheap and controllable electricity production capacity, in the midst of a climate and energy crisis. If its leaders considered that the electricity grid of the country and its neighbors could afford the closure of three additional controllable plants,…

Poland has chosen the site which will host its first nuclear power plant. The villages of Lubiatowo and Kopalino in the Pomeranian Voivodeship in northern Poland are prime locations, investor Polska Elektrownie Jądrowe announced. According to the PEP2040 strategy, the commissioning of the first reactor with a capacity of 1 to 1.6 GW is scheduled…

Public consultations

The Voices of Nuclear, a citizen association, supports the Cigeo project for the geological disposal of the most dangerous radioactive waste, the result of 30 years of studies that have resulted in a safe project that will allow the nuclear industry to continue to make a major contribution to the energy supply of France and…

All concerned by global warming, all concerned by the quality of the air, the necessary move away from imported fossil gas, the security of the electricity supply; all concerned by the public consultation on the authorization to operate the Flamanville EPR. In a context of increasing need to electrify transport and heating, this new major…

Energy transition

A jump on the edge of abyss? According to the agreement of the Belgian government in place, the firm decision to phase out nuclear power must be taken on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. It should be remembered that this nuclear exit will essentially consist of replacing a low-carbon electricity production that can be controlled by…

We must now look at the market prices of gas 🔥 in Europe on a logarithmic scale to see something 📈👀… Nuclear power is resilient in the face of markets and geopolitical tensions. Does anyone still have any doubts that more nuclear energy is essential to preserve the climate AND the balances of our societies?…

2022 Presidential elections

Taking a very pro-nuclear stance is not enough to guarantee good conditions for nuclear’s development, nor does it allow for an effective fight against global warming. Indeed, the positions of Marine Le Pen are contrary to those objectives. Being pro-nuclear does not mean being anti-renewable. If we want to achieve our decarbonization objectives, a mix…

France is waking up. This is good news for the climate, and good news for the world. President Emmanuel Macron announced during his speech this Tuesday the construction of new nuclear reactors in the coming years. This announcement is important. The signal is strong. Including for international observers who were waiting for France to decide…

Nuclear in the world

Nuclear energy – China does not “put all its eggs in one basket” 🧺 #GenIV In addition to the launch of conventional pressurized water reactors (Generation III) in series, it is also testing several Generation IV technologies in parallel. Fourth generation HTR-PM high temperature gas nuclear reactors, units 1 and 2 at the Shidaowan site,…

China plans to build at least 150 new nuclear reactors over the next 15 years, more than the rest of the world in 35 years. 10 new reactors per year, on average. For reference, the N2 and N03 scenarios recently published by RTE – those which least reduce the share of nuclear power in the…

Other

This article in Marianne is a good summary of the situation in Chernobyl. A few key-points on the topic ⬇️ – There have been no reactors in operation on the site for 22 years (contrary to what we have heard, including in the major news channels) – Europe does not risk a new cloud of…

Break codes and prejudices. In the wake of Isabelle Boemeke, fashion influencer, science promoter 👾.0 and pro-nuclear climate activist, new faces are taking up this stance, alongside scientists and engineers, to speak out in favour of nuclear energy on social media. In this week of mobilization to save the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California from a premature closure,…

Awareness of the environmental and societal benefits of nuclear power continues to grow in the European and Anglo-Saxon Green-Center-Left political sphere. After in particular the Finnish Greens, the Polish left, the Norwegian Greens, the British Labor Party, or the Democratic Party, it is the turn of the Irish Workers’ Party to show its support for…

The Voices' Newsletter

As the dire need for more, much more, low-carbon power finally starts to sink into the minds of people and impact the grids of world economies, a wealth of scenarios, prospective plans and ambitious projections as to the fundamental nature and the sheer volume of energy production arise from all sides. The Voices very much…

The Saga of the European Taxonomy. Position of the Voices on the draft delegated act concerning nuclear energy and gas The battle over the inclusion of nuclear power and gas in the EU Taxonomy of sustainable investments is not only unabated but seems to be getting more intense. A good summary of the postures can…

Aaaaaaah Christmas! The countdown, the lights, the music, the decorations, the atmosphere, the preparations…, the LETTER… and Christmas shopping. All this delicious waiting. So well-staged that we might almost forget about the main thing – hey, wait a minute: we still haven’t gotten a gift. Does that ring a bell? It does for us. We had…

As the drama of the Taxonomy of sustainable investments continues to unfold, with the second delegated act – due to be published in mid-December –  stating the fate of nuclear and gas in the future energy mix of the Union, let us recall here how European Member States have historically used energy to shape their…

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Reports of past events

On April 9, we participated in the March For The Future in Paris!

The previous chapters of this series were devoted to the organization, successes and failures of COP26, as well as the visit of the Voices to the green zone, illustrating the intentions of the private sector. In this last section, we’ll talk about some of the activities in which the Voices participated during their time in…

In the first part of our report, we summarized what the COP is, how it is organized, what the objectives of the 2021 conference in Glasgow were and what was actually achieved. But we also wanted to share the Voices team’s experience during their visit. In this second part, we will talk about our action…

Shut down a low-carbon source of electricity, how dare you! In the evening of December 28th, Voices of Nuclear stood in front of the German 🇩🇪 embassy in Paris to protest against the imminent political closure of Gundremmingen, Brokdorf and Grohnde nuclear power plants in the midst of both a climate emergency and a European energy crisis. 4 GW of low-carbon, cheap and controllable electricity production…