Projects

Energy for Humanity

 

Energy for Humanity is a UK-and Switzerland-based non-profit organisation with a global outlook focused on solving climate change and enabling universal access to modern energy services.

Energy for Humanity strongly advocates for evidence-based, whole-system, and technology-inclusive solutions in pursuit of the best (fastest, most cost-effective, most feasible) outcomes for people and nature. Our goal is to address these themes and to inspire meaningful action.

Future leaders will need all the tools at their disposal to solve global challenges including climate change and air pollution, whilst providing low cost, clean power to billions of people and improving life chances for women and children throughout the world.

Energy for Humanity was established in 2014 by the Academy Award Nominee Robert Stone, the environmental activist Kirsty Gogan and the Swiss Entrepreneur Daniel Aegerter as an international nonprofit organization. In addition to the global organization, affiliated associations were founded in Switzerland and Finland in 2015 . Since August 2016 the organisation Energy for Humanity was integrated as a foundation under the umbrella Fondation des Fondateurs.

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Download our second Annual Report (2016/17) here: EFH-Annual-Report-2016-2017-RGB-7

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Nuclear Cost Drivers Project

  • ETI project has identified eight key drivers with the potential to reduce costs for future new nuclear power projects
  • Low carbon, low cost new nuclear energy is achievable in the UK, through a sector-wide, integrated cost reduction programme that builds on global best practices
  • An effective cost reduction programme could also reduce the duration and risk of nuclear projects, changing the perception of nuclear construction risk and reducing financial costs

On 30 April 2018, the ETI released a summary report from its Nuclear Cost Drivers project which identifies eight key cost drivers and thirty five credible opportunities to reduce the cost of generating electricity using nuclear power. The full report and further insight from the ETI will be released later this year.

Through an evidence-based study of historic, contemporary and future nuclear power projects, research shows that there are a small number of understandable factors that drive the cost of nuclear plants. The analysis also highlights that there are several consistent characteristics shared amongst low cost plants and different common characteristics shared across high cost power plants. If understood and addressed they can reduce the cost of new nuclear projects.

The project, led by Clean Tech Catalyst, Ltd (CTC) and working with Lucid Strategy, found that cost reductions achieved elsewhere in the world are a result of nuclear programmes focused on improving performance and delivering cost reduction. The ETI believes that there is significant cost reduction potential in the UK, though this will be dependent on all principal actors working together to deliver an integrated cost reduction programme, including the application of learning and a focus on delivering efficiencies in direct and indirect labour supporting nuclear power projects.

A key finding from the project is that there is clear potential for a cost reduction programme to materially reduce the duration and risk of nuclear projects, helping to change the perception of nuclear construction risk whilst reducing interest rates and the cost of capital.

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Download the Summary report here

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Arup: Drivers of Change

Description: A short film examining the possible directions in which the world is heading. It touches on global challenges such as population growth, urbanisation and resource constraints, the film uses rich visuals to engage a broad audience with the big questions about our human future.

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