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[en] Since 2003 Ernst and Young team has been releasing quarterly data that ranks national renewable energy markets, and their suitability for individual technologies. The Country Attractiveness Indices now track the relative attractiveness of 30 countries' renewable energy markets across a selection of technologies each quarter. The Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices publication scores and comments on various technologies, including: on-shore wind, off-shore wind, solar PV, solar CSP, biomass, and geothermal.
[en] CO2 capture and storage can ensure that stringent climate change mitigation targets are achieved more cost-effectively. However, in order to ensure a substantial role for CCS, deployment of CCS is required on a significant global scale by 2020. Currently, the CDM is the only international instrument that could provide a financial incentive for CCS in developing countries. In December 2010 it was decided that CCS could in principle be eligible under the CDM, provided a number of issues are resolved, including non-permanence, liability, monitoring and potential perverse outcomes. The latter issue relates to the concern that that CCS projects could flood the CDM market, thereby crowding out other technologies that could be considered more sustainable. This report, therefore, aims to quantify the possible impact of CCS on the CDM market, in order to assess the relevance of the CDM market objection. However, the analysis in the report is also valid for the role of CCS in other types of international support mechanisms. The first result of this study is a marginal abatement cost curve (MAC) for CCS in developing countries for 2020. Based on existing MAC studies, the IEA CCS Roadmap and an overview of ongoing and planned CCS activities, we compiled three scenarios for CCS in the power, industry and upstream sector, as shown below. The major part of the potential below $30/tCO2eq (70 - 100 MtCO2/yr) is in the natural gas processing sector. Using the MACs for the CDM market, we estimate the economic potential for CCS projects to be 4-19% of the CDM credit supply in 2020. The potential impact inclusion of CCS in the CDM may have is assessed by using several possible CER supply and demand scenarios, as well as scenarios related to market price responsiveness and the role of CDM in the post-2012 carbon market. The impact is estimated to be between $0 and $4 per tonne of CO2-eq, with three out of four scenarios indicating the lower part of this range.
[en] The Dutch government has appointed 9 top sectors in which the Netherlands holds a strong global position. One of these sectors is the energy sector. The main question in this advice is how the government can support the Dutch energy sector optimally to fully deploy economic opportunities.
[nl]Het Kabinet heeft 9 topsectoren aangewezen waarin Nederland wereldwijd sterk is. Een van die sectoren is de energiesector. Centrale vraag in dit advies is op welke wijze de overheid de Nederlandse energiesector optimaal kan ondersteunen om economische kansen te benutten.
[en] 1.1 Energy Poverty Energy Poverty is a term for a lack of access to electricity, heat or other forms of power. This more than often refers to the situation of peoples in the developing world. According to the records of the International Energy Agency (IEA), a detailed country-by-country database estimated that in 2009 the number of people without access to electricity was 1.4 billion or 20% of the world's population. Some 85% of those people live in rural areas. According to, current forecasts suggest the world will see an increase in global energy consumption of over 50% by 2030 with 70% of this growth in demand expected to come from developing countries. There is therefore the need to seek for a way of meeting this need within the time frame and doing so at an affordable price or rather with the most efficient allocation of resources. Nuclear energy can play a role in providing increased access to affordable energy in many parts of the world. There are growing concerns all over the world about energy security. This is partially due to the instability in the price of fossil fuel and to the political instability of most of the oil rich regions of the world. There arises therefore a need for means of meeting the increasingly growing energy demands of the nations while cutting down on the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. 1.2 The African Situation Presently, the only country on the African continent that has operational nuclear power plants is South Africa. South Africa has two nuclear power plants. Koeberg- 1 and Koeberg-2. Koeberg-1 started operation in 1984 and Koeberg-2 in 1985. Both are 900 MW(e) PWRs. The remaining nations across Africa are dependent largely on either hydro power plants, thermal or gas or a combination of both. However, there has been an increase in interest in nuclear electricity in a number of African countries. The list includes countries like Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Namibia, e.tc. These are countries whose economies are still growing fast and hence are characterized by a foreseeable increase in electricity demand to drive the factors of production. 1.3 Objective of this Paper The purpose of this paper is to explore the efficient means of building nuclear power plants and associated infra structure in African countries. The concept adopted in this paper to achieve efficient allocation of resources is sharing of infrastructural items. The paper lists examples of sharing arrangement on the African continent for other purposes other than nuclear power programme. This is an attempt to justify the workability of the concept for nuclear power programme. Mention has also been made of similar sharing arrangement in other countries for the purpose of nuclear power programme. The factors that will enhance the success of sharing concept in African countries have also been highlighted
[en] Pressure to conform to a sustainability agenda is coming from customers, investors, employees, industry bodies and the media. This agenda is evolving into a critical part of an organisation's business model, and their relationships, opening up new market opportunities and supporting cost efficiencies. But all changes in business activities also raise the risk of fraud and abuse. Sustainability is no exception. The potential for fraud tends to be greater in new markets, when information is imperfect, standards of measurement and verification are not harmonised and governance is weak. The sustainability marketplace, taken as a whole, is all of these things. To a large extent, the types of fraud appearing are not new. They represent the application of tried and tested fraudulent practices to the sustainability arena. A comprehensive and robust design, rather than an ad hoc, piecemeal approach, is essential for a successful sustainability strategy. An awareness of the risk of potential fraud and the need to incorporate measures to protect against it are part of that process. Sustainable business practices, including a company's mitigation and carbon markets activities, are disclosed as either financial or non-financial data. In this paper, PwC examines some of the green fraud risks that companies face when engaged in such activities and the steps they can take to mitigate or eliminate them.
[en] Securing access to affordable, reliable and clean energy is one of the great challenges facing governments around the world. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the security of Australia's domestic energy systems as a fundamental part of Australia's social and economic prosperity. Energy in Australia 2011 is a key reference for anyone with an interest in Australian energy issues. It provides a detailed overview of energy in Australia from production to consumption, and serves as a useful resource to inform industry, government and the community.
[en] A study was dedicated to examining whether the heat companies Eneco New Energy, Essent Heat and Nuon Heat acted strategically by establishing too high internal purchase prices for the production of heat with the aim of lowering the returns of heat supply. Based on their study, the Office of Energy Regulation of the Netherlands Competition Authority NMa concludes that there are no indications that Eneco, Essent and Nuon engaged in strategic actions.
[nl]Er is onderzocht of de warmtebedrijven Eneco New Energy, Essent Warmte en NUON Warmte strategisch hebben gehandeld door te hoge interne inkoopprijzen voor de productie van warmte vast te stellen, met als doel de rendementen op warmtelevering te verlagen. Op basis van het onderzoek concludeert de Energiekamer NMa dat er geen aanwijzingen zijn dat Eneco, Essent en Nuon strategisch hebben gehandeld.
[en] In response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, France ordered stress tests of its nuclear plants while Germany announced its nuclear exit by 2022. Given that both countries benefitted from nuclear energy with a relatively low risk of a disaster, this divergence is puzzling. Yet France and Germany’s reactions were not ad hoc reactions; they were shaped by their post-war experiences and previous anti-nuclear mobilizations. Fukushima merely offered a political opportunity for the effective vocalization of antinuclear dissent, and ultimately the permeability of governing institutions determined each country’s response. In order to explore this argument, this paper will examine the issue's coverage predominately within one French newspaper, Le Monde, and one German newspaper, Suddeutsche Zeitung, from 11 March to 18 June 2011 to gain insight of contemporary political opportunities and elite consensus as well as how meaning was being constructed and consumed by the public on this issue. (author)
[en] As a result, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) prepared a plan for improving the safety of nuclear facilities against a major earthquake, and implemented measures to improve the earthquake response system, to strengthen the seismic capacity of NPPs and to evaluate the seismic capacity. Based on the seismology survey results, KINS plans to reevaluate the seismic design criteria of NPPs. While these activities have been carried out based on individual administrative orders of the regulatory authority in a relatively short period of time since 2011, the Nuclear Safety Act was revised to provide an additional requirement to submit the Accident Management Plan (AMP) for the Operating License. Accordingly, treatment of the above improvements related to the accident management (AM) in a comprehensive and systematic manner has become necessary when the amended laws and regulations are implemented. Therefore, in this study, we examine the status of the Post-Fukushima actions following the administrative orders of the regulatory body and self-imposed by the licensee by searching mainly the Nuclear Safety Yearbooks. Among those actions, we listed up the items that need continuous follow-up. Then we propose a desirable approach to include them in the AMP. It is very challenging to submit an AMP covering a wide range of design basis accidents, multiple accidents, external hazards, and severe accidents for all operating and new reactors after three years of the preparation period. Similarly, the work of the regulatory body that will review the plan submitted at once should be enormous. Installation of the equipment or evaluation results from the Fukushima actions should be appropriately reflected in the AMP. Among those follow-up items, we listed up those which are related to the AM and need follow-up under the AMP framework. While it is expected that preparation and review of the AMPs require much efforts, we propose a step-by-step review approach similar to that of the licensee.
[en] The objective of this study is to answer the main question: which bottlenecks may obstruct the road to up-to-date, reliable and fully market covering price comparison services for the Dutch market for automotive fuels.
[nl]Het doel van het onderzoek is het beantwoorden van de centrale vraag: Welke knelpunten staan mogelijk in de weg aan de totstandkoming van actuele, betrouwbare en volledig marktdekkende prijsvergelijkingsdiensten voor de Nederlandse markt voor motorbrandstoffen.