Archive for the ‘Sustainable Development’ Category

January 7, 2013 | 1:37 pm

A Nuclear Engineer enters the World of Sustainable Development

Guest post by Tricia Bolian, Business Development Manager, AREVA I&C and Electrical

Recently I had the opportunity to step out of my normal role at AREVA and join Laura Clise, AREVA’s Director of Sustainable Development for North America, at the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. Here, over 2,700 sustainability leaders and students met to discuss the integration of sustainability into core business areas. The program included inspiring keynote presentations from leaders at Honest Tea, Teach for America, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson and UPS. Forum topics included the future of low-carbon energy, like nuclear power, and the impact of natural gas prices on the power industry, facilitated by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
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April 5, 2012 | 10:50 am

A Key Moment for Maryland and Offshore Wind

About five days ago, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a key bill supporting and incentivizing the creation of approximately 40 large wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. The House bill passed by 88 to 47. Now this bill is in the Maryland Senate Finance Committee.

At AREVA we are strong supporters and producers of offshore wind technologies, and see its huge potential in the American marketplace as a key energy and economic solution. We think this letter to the editor at the Washington Post shows a great deal of wisdom:

There are 49 offshore wind farms in Europe, zero in America. As wind farms are built along the Atlantic coast and economies of scale prevail, the price will come down significantly. And all this will happen as climate change intensifies, pushing governments to further hasten to phase out carbon fuels. So offshore wind — Maryland’s most abundant renewable resource — is a good bet. By investing now, we dramatically increase the chance our state will be a regional manufacturing hub for turbines and supply-chain parts as other states follow our lead.

The Maryland Senate is set to adjourn for the year next Monday, so it is a crucial time to advance the bill forward this year. Quoted in today’s Washington Post, Governor O’Malley summed up the current status of the Senate Bill, “We still have some persuading to do in the Senate committee.”

You can help. Online petitions for Marylanders to suport the bill are here, and follow the topic on Twitter using the hashtag #windworksforMD.

March 30, 2012 | 2:15 pm

Customer Collaboration Achieving our Sustainable Energy Future

By Laura Clise, Director, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement, AREVA

2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development, otherwise known as the Earth Summit, which took place in 1992 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. 2012 is also the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in recognition of the fundamental role energy plays in supporting sustainable development. Throughout the first quarter, AREVA has engaged with our customers in a variety of collaborative forums focused on furthering progress toward our sustainable energy future in the U.S. and around the world. Tackling topics ranging from climate disclosure and investor relations, to access to energy, to supply chain sustainability, AREVA and our customers are working alongside government and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to support energy security and sustainability.
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December 5, 2011 | 12:01 pm

AREVA Actively Pursues Sustainability Goals

Laura Clise, Director, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement, AREVA

David Rupert, incoming Alliance Chair and Director, discusses Alliance achievements in 2011. Source: EUISSCA

I recently attended and presented at the first annual Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance (Alliance) Sustainability Forum. The forum brought together Alliance member utilities and their suppliers to promote and further sustainability throughout the electric utility value chain. Sustainable business activities balance economic value with environmental and social responsibility. These initiatives have become increasingly important strategic drivers for companies across all industries, supporting innovation, business development, environmental stewardship, and cross-sector and diverse stakeholder collaboration. Over the past few years, supply chain sustainability has increased in importance, as shown by the Walmart Sustainability Index, the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, and the Automotive Industry Action Group.
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October 31, 2011 | 1:37 pm

7 Billion Reasons

The world hit a milestone as expected this week, with global celebrations highlighting the birth of the symbolic 7 Billionth baby born….

Countries around the world marked the world’s population reaching 7 billion Monday with lavish ceremonies for newborn infants symbolizing the milestone and warnings that there may be too many humans for the planet’s resources….While demographers are unsure exactly when the world’s population will reach the 7 billion mark, the U.N. is using Monday to symbolically mark the day. A string of festivities are being held worldwide, with a series of symbolic 7-billionth babies being born.

Dr. Eric Tayag of the Philippines’ Department of Health said later that the birth came with a warning. “Seven billion is a number we should think about deeply,” he said.

We agree. Seven billion people — not to mention the projected growth rates from here — is a sobering statistic. As many commentators are pointing out, this accelerating population brings up important and pressing global health, housing, education, food and environmental questions.

But we also know undergirding and influencing all of these issues are the immediate questions of energy and sustainability.

Our global future requires a considered and balanced approach combining expanded renewable and nuclear energy solutions to provide and maintain steady, reliable, low-carbon power. This need is clear. How we accomplish it requires creative cooperation still hobbled by polarizing activism.

We must focus on these larger and harder questions together. We now have seven billion reasons to do so, and counting.

August 1, 2011 | 1:56 pm

Quote of the Day: “Why We Still Need Nuclear…”

The Quote of the day from Tom Gilmore, who is the President and CEO of the TVA in a New York Times opinion piece:

The Tennessee Valley Authority has operated nuclear plants for three decades, but our program was hindered, as many energy providers were, by safety concerns and a public backlash against nuclear generation in the 1980s.

Our response, however, was not to abandon nuclear energy. Instead, we revamped our program and adopted a more conservative, disciplined approach to both operations and construction. In a departure from the 1970s, when we were building 17 nuclear units at once, today we allow only one unit to be in any single stage of development at a time.

We believe that nuclear power, developed properly, is not only a promising option, but the best available. Our forecasts for the region’s energy demands by the end of the decade show we will need more base-load electricity — or continuous minimum power — something nuclear plants excel at providing…

Nevertheless, critics have rightly asked, why not simply bypass nuclear power and rely on more wind, solar, gas and energy efficiency? In fact, the T.V.A. is adding power from all of those sources in record amounts. But none can produce sufficiently large volumes of base-load electricity as consistently and affordably as nuclear power can.

July 29, 2011 | 11:05 am

UK’s Clean Energy Future Generating Jobs Now

AREVA will begin making large components in the UK similar to this steam generator channel head emerging from the furnace at Creusot-Forge, France. AREVA / CARILLO GEORGES

Yesterday’s agreement announced between AREVA and EDF Energy shows the impact of clean energy in not only creating a low carbon power future, but also the near-term benefits of workforce expansion and job security.

In the agreement, AREVA will manufacture massive forgings for the first EPR™ reactor to be built at Hinkley Point, South-West England. Current estimates show a single EPR™ reactor project creates peak employment during construction of more than 3,000 direct jobs on the site, plus many more indirect jobs. Once the construction phase is completed, an AREVA EPR™ reactor facility requires highly-skilled workers to manage and maintain the facility, creating hundreds of high-paying permanent jobs.

If you’ve been tallying up the math, that’s an impressive amount of jobs and job security, especially when one considers that this is the first of perhaps eight EPR™ reactors under discussion in the United Kingdom.

The same job numbers are true on this side of the pond, and here are two numbers that apply to the U.S. economy: Throughout construction, a single project represents more than $800 million in federal, state and local taxes, and during operations generates annual tax revenues of nearly $100 million.

With four EPR™ reactors under construction world-wide and more in the works, how are we doing in the United States? AREVA continues working closely with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to certify the U.S. EPR™ design, and several companies have submitted license applications to the NRC based on this technology. We’re making progress on our own low-carbon future.

AREVA’s EPR™ reactor itself is an impressive mix of power and safety. Generating 1,600+ MW of clean, reliable electricity, a single modern Generation III+ EPR™ reactor also meets the highest safety standards, including four redundant safety systems, double-walled hardened container building, and the most reviewed design of any modern power plant.

Combining reliable nuclear energy with peak-load renewable energy is the winning combination for generating sustainable jobs and electricity in our clean energy future.

July 29, 2011 | 4:07 am

“Germany’s Grand Energy Experiment”

Author, professor and blogger Barry Brook runs the numbers on “Germany’s Grand Energy Experiment” on his blog today. After a detailed look at the math, he concludes:

Germany will have to initiative a range of aggressive measures, focused on energy efficiency, smart metering, car taxation, renewable energy heating systems, etc. etc. This was to make up a ‘gap’ compared to 2009 policies of 70 – 90 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2-e. The gap is now much larger…

The current reality in Germany is that subsidized coal-fired electricity (with the funds generated by the trade in CO2 emissions certificates – yes, turn up the irony dial) will be ‘filling the gap‘ (interesting euphemism) left by the nuclear phaseout. We’re talking here of upwards of 20 GWe of new fossil fuel power plants to be built in Germany over the next decade…

You can read the whole article here.

May 9, 2011 | 3:29 pm

Uranium mines: more efficient and more sustainable?

On Tuesday, May 10, at 12:00 p.m. EST, AREVA will be hosting a live chat to discuss the outlook for uranium mines. Sébastien de Montessus, the Executive Vice-President of AREVA’s Mining Business Group will answer questions submitted online.

Somaïr open pit mine in Arlit, Niger

  • Have a question about uranium mining that you want answered, send it in now.
  • Want to know more? Click here for a document that answers four important questions about mining.
January 26, 2011 | 10:21 am

Quote of the Day: State of the Union Address

“So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.”

- President Obama, at the State of the Union Address