The International Atomic Energy Agency again revised its global nuclear energy growth forecast because of uncertainty in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan. Global capacity is now projected to increase between 17% and 94% by 2030, compared with last year's outlook of 25% to 100%. The lower figures "still point to a steady rise in the number of nuclear power plants in the world in the next 20 years, particularly in Asia," said Yukiya Amano, the IAEA's director general.
The next generation of sustainable leaders will need to display a degree of maturity, self-confidence and willingness to hear new ideas, writes Kai Peters. "Sustainable leadership means moving beyond conventional wisdom. The leader has to question, and challenge and move beyond the status quo," he writes.
The work of the late economist Ronald Coase, which paved the way for market-based environmental solutions, has been oversimplified in the popular press, writes Richard A. Epstein. Coase's methods are about avoiding extremes in search of effectively and efficiently enabling business and protecting the environment, Epstein argues. "The question is how to strike the right balance," Epstein writes.
Switzerland-based Tetra Pak says about 23% of its cartons sold in 2012 were recycled. In its 2013 Sustainability Update, the company said it is closing in on its goal of 40% recycled cartons by 2020. The company also reported that it increased its number of Forest Stewardship Council-stamped cartons by 43%.
The jury's still out on solar, with concentrated solar plants not yet able to compete on price or reliability with other utility-scale generation technologies, writes Ken Silverstein. Solar prices are falling, however, and it's too early to make conclusions, he writes.