EU must include nuclear power in its list of sustainable sources
FINANCIAL TIMES – Read our Open Letter in the Financial Times. The 53 signatories include notable climate scientists, academics, political leaders, regulators, climate NGOs, authors, artists, investors, as well as LC's Kirsty Gogan and Eric Ingersoll.
IAEA Event at COP25 Climate Change Conference Explores Decarbonization Strategies
IAEA – How can the world rapidly decarbonize the energy sector to meet both climate goals and a growing demand for energy? At an IAEA event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, LC's Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan join thought leaders and sustainable energy experts to discuss the role of low carbon energy options including nuclear power in national decarbonization strategies.
We need more of our climate solutions to be Impossible™ burgers
BUSINESS GREEN – We can't rely on behaviour change to stop climate change, argue Lucid Catalyst's Eric Ingersoll and Energy for Humanity's Kirsty Gogan. All our work is focused on urgency and scale. Our conclusions suggest that the lowest-risk pathways for a rapid transition will be to supply carbon-neutral substitutes for carbon intensive energy uses—and make them so similar that hardly anyone notices. Just like an impossible burger.
TITANS OF NUCLEAR | INTERVIEWING WORLD EXPERTS ON NUCLEAR ENERGY – Eric Ingersoll is one of the world’s leading climate change analysts and advisors. He discusses his life's work and the constraints of bringing carbon-free electricity to the entire world.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE – video about Canada’s Clean Energy Opportunity, featuring Kirsty Gogan This Spring, Canada hosted the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial in Vancouver where for the first time nuclear was recognized as an integral form of clean energy needed to address the climate crisis.
Environmentalists ‘may have to accept ‘taboo’ nuclear energy to decarbonise’
ENERGY LIVE NEWS – That’s the suggestion from Kirsty Gogan, who spoke as part of the panel at Energy Live Expo. She noted that although nuclear energy has long been considered a taboo subject within the environmental movement, it will have to play a part alongside all other low carbon options in the journey towards net zero energy supply.
Viewpoint: Why sustainable finance needs to be defined by evidence not ideology
WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – The speed and scale needed to stop climate change requires laser-like focus on evidence-based, and sometimes tough, decision-making. Recently we witnessed a welcome example of such evidence-based decision-making in Europe's energy and climate change policies, write LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll, Kirsty Gogan, and Rauli Partanen.
FINANCIAL TIMES – Letter from LucidCatalyst principals & NGO partners: Recently we witnessed rare, and welcome, evidence-based decision-making on Europe's energy and climate change policies. The decision by the European Council to support the Finnish presidency's wording in favour of renewable and climate-neutral energy sources leaves the door open for nuclear energy to be classified as green in the new EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy.
Costs and financing key to Europe's nuclear future
WORLD NUCLEAR NEWS – Speaking at NNWI Forum 2019: Nuclear energy as part of Europe's energy mix, Kirsty Gogan, of LucidCatalyst and Energy for Humanity, stressed: "The vast majority of nuclear new build that's happening around the world today is extremely competitive and being built over sensible schedules." In order to attain the UK's target of net-zero by 2050, a median of about 45 GWe of new nuclear capacity will be needed, she said. This will require a build programme to begin in earnest in 2021, building on average 1.5 new projects every year from 2021 to 2044, with an average of six years for construction.
Why it is our business to support Extinction Rebellion
In a statement from Alison Baker, Founder, Ally Bee Knitwear & Co-founder of In The Drink UK, she writes about her company's commitment to support the Extinction Rebellion movement: "The burgeoning Extinction Rebellion movement does not put forward a definitive range of preferred options for mitigating against climate heating, instead it advocates the tough decisions be put to the people for decision making. Woodhall's fellow panelist, Kirsty Gogan of Energy for Humanity and LucidCatalyst, agreed ..."
Conference reveals growing optimism for small reactors
NEI MAGAZINE – The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) five-day International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power in Vienna revealed a growing optimism about the potential role of small modular reactors (SMRs) and advanced modular reactors (AMRs). The vast majority of new-build projects around the world are delivering very low cost, successful nuclear programs, achieved through repeat builds, a programmatic approach, and building up skills and capabilities within the supply chain, labor force and project leadership team,” said Kirsty Gogan of LucidCatalyst...
IAEA Conference / Nuclear Industry ‘Looking For Ways To Cut Construction Times And Costs’
NUCNET – Kirsty Gogan, partner at LucidCatalyst, told the #Atoms4Climate conference at the IAEA Vienna headquarters that most new-build projects are delivering very low-cost, successful nuclear programmes, achieved through repeat builds, a programmatic approach, and building up skills and capabilities within the supply chain, labour force and project leadership team.
IAEA Climate Conference Ends with Call for Major Nuclear Role
IAEA – As global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise despite increasing use of renewables, the nuclear power industry is looking to lessons from its past success as well as innovations on the horizon in a bid to cut construction times and costs and accelerate the global transition to low carbon energy. “The vast majority of newbuild projects around the world are delivering very low cost, successful nuclear programmes, achieved through repeat builds, a programmatic approach, and building up skills and capabilities within the supply chain, labour force and project leadership team,” said Kirsty Gogan.
Latest ETI report supports development of large, small and advanced modular reactors in UK's transition to a low carbon economy
EDF ENERGY – The Energy Technologies Institute has issued a new report today calling for an update to the role for nuclear in the UK's transition to a low carbon economy. The report summarises the learnings from the ETI's Nuclear Cost Drivers project by LucidCatalyst, and applies these to the ETI's ESME whole system modelling tool. The report states that new plants can form a major part of an affordable low carbon transition and that large-scale nuclear reactors are best suited for baseload electricity.
Clearing the air on energy: more clearing needed International Energy Agency boss delivers sobering reality check on global energy trends
BUSINESS VANCOUVER – Interesting piece about Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), at the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum, and mention of the flexible nuclear campaign, an initiative that LucidCatalyst is working on.
Steep decline in nuclear power would threaten energy security and climate goals
IEA – With nuclear power facing an uncertain future in many countries, the world risks a steep decline in its use in advanced economies that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. LucidCatatalyst's Kirsty Gogan was a reviewer of this report.
IMechE co-hosts prestigious nuclear engineering conference in London
IMechE – Kirsty Gogan speaks at the 26th annual International Conference on Nuclear Engineering in London. One of the standout features of the conference was the pre-eminence of China, which is fast becoming the world leader in civil nuclear energy.
FINANCIAL TIMES – Letter from LucidCatalyst principals, Eric Ingersoll and Kirsty Gogan, making the case for cost competitive nuclear new build projects in the UK...There is strong evidence that significant cost reductions are possible: outside Europe and the US, high quality nuclear plants are being delivered on time and at a third of the cost.
To Combat Climate Change, Do We Need the Nuclear Option?
MIT ENERGY INITIATIVE – Jacopo Buongiorno, director of MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, says nuclear power plays a key role in the future of energy, as shown in MIT's study. LucidCatalyst's Eric Ingersoll and Andrew Foss were members of the study team that produced "The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World."