EPR nuclear reactor being built in Flamanville, France 2

I have to say that I now have mixed feelings about nuclear. Since I wrote and published my 10 reasons to support nuclear – by far my most popular post on this blog – the catastrophe at Fukushima took place. Now the main French utility – Electricité de France, aka […]

EPR costs : a blow to the nuclear renaissance


I already had mentioned very ambitious plans from Saudi Arabia to jump-start a solar revolution. So the following news aren’t totally surprising me. As The Guardian reported : ” Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according […]

Saudi Arabia to go 100 percent low carbon

Nuclear power no thanks ?

This is the question many are asking themselves as the Japanese government initially wanted to go nuclear free by 2040 but finally removed the specific deadline as the New York Times reported. Nuclear plants can last decades provided they are operated and maintained carefully. Nuclear accounts for 18 percent of […]

Can Japan, and the world, ever be nuclear free ?

When Germany announced after the Fukushima disaster that it was willing to stop all its nuclear reactors, I published a piece on Cleantechies on how this was premature and dangerous for climate. I guess I was quite right as this week the same Cleantechies published an article stating that coal […]

Coal consumption increases in Germany

Saudi Arabia flags 1

Yes, you read that right : the oil superpower is willing to tap into its significant solar potential by installing no less than 41 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2032. The project is estimated to cost $109 billion (84 billion euros). Out of the 41 GW of capacity, 16 will […]

Saudi Arabia to invest massively in cleantech

Japan seems to become pretty serious about climate change as it will soon make official a law mandating for 80 percent cuts of greenhouse gases emissions  by 2050 (compared to 1990, just in line with IPCC recommendations) Not totally unrelated to these most commendable goals, the country enacted generous feed-in […]

Japan set ambitious 2050 goals, feed-in tariffs


As EcoFriend notes, thanks to a warmer climate and a massive push in low carbon energy sources, the United Kingdom slashed by SEVEN PERCENT its greenhouse gases emissions between 2011 and 2010. Cleantech boomed as the share of renewables went from 7.5 percent to 9.5 percent in a single year. […]

United Kingdom slashed its emissions in 2011

A year after the catastrophic events in Fukushima, Japan is planning to be nuclear free by May 5. It is I believe a good opportunity to focus on the future of the industry. Opinions diverge on this critical issue. Some believe nuclear is bound to disappear as it has a […]

A year after Fukushima, and the future of nuclear

To Energy Bloom : ” Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to spend 200 billion euros ($263 billion) developing an energy program that will create a series of offshore wind farms that will cover an area six times the size of New York City. “ ” (…) Germany has a plan […]

Germany to invest 200 billion euros in energy

I know, I am way late on this one. But here is my selection of most important tweets for February. There are so many great articles there you have enough to read for the next weeks. I still believe Twitter offers a good complement to this website. So if you are […]

Worth an article – my February 2012 tweets


I have been committed since January 2007 to bring you each month a selection of the latest headlines and best researches on sustainable development, climate change and the world energy sector. However, I don’t blog as much as I would like to and generally write around 25 posts per month. […]

Worth an article – My November 2011 tweets

I was mentioning last week a documentary called The Thorium Dream, produced by Lasting less than half an hour it is an absolute must-watch to grab the potential of this technology. I know we shouldn’t cringe to just one solution. But I now believe that nuclear risk and waste […]

The Thorium Dream