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International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol on 12 February told the Agency’s Big Ideas speaker series that a "grand coalition" of all stakeholders is needed to address the challenge of climate change, including the energy sector, which it accounts for most of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-stresses-need-to-combat-climate-change-7773146

A computer generated image of the Hanhikivi nuclear station in Finland. Courtesy Fennovoima. Japan Steel Works has started forging of the generator rotor for the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant project in northern Finland, owner Fennovoima said in a statement today.

According to the statement, forging will take approximately nine months, after which the rotor will be transported to a GE Steam Power factory in France’s Belfort to be machined.

The generator rotor weighs 240 tonnes, is 14 metres long, and has a two-metre diameter.

Date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/production-of-main-components-for-hanhikivi-1-begins-2-5-2020

Agency 2019 data shows coal still strong in Asia, but on retreat in advanced economies IEA director Fatih Birol speaking at the IEA Ministerial Meeting; Paris, November 2017. Photo courtesy Andrew Wheeler/IEA. Newly released data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has shown that global CO2 emissions from energy generation flattened in 2019 at about 33 gigatonnes (Gt) mainly thanks to gains in advanced economies* because of the expanding role of renewable sources, a fuel transition from coal to natural gas, and higher nuclear power output.

The IEA said CO2 emissions remained unchanged from their 2018 levels, although the global economy expanded by 2.9%. The data shows that emissions remained largely stable between 2013 and 2016 and then experienced two years of consecutive growth in 2017 and 2018. An IEA chart showing CO2 emissions since 1990 (orange for advanced economies, yellow of rest of the world). Image courtesy IEA.

According to the IEA, increased nuclear power generation in advanced economies, particularly in Japan and South Korea, avoided the release of over 50 megatonnes (Mt) of CO2 in 2019.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iea-report-says-global-co2-emissions-remained-stable-in-2019-2-3-2020

Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related CO2 emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) data released today. After two years of growth, global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%.

Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-CO2-emissions-flatlined-in-2019-says-IEA

France’s Orano has signed a contract with Japan's Nuclear Fuel Industries Ltd for the fabrication of mox fuel assemblies and a separate agreement with the French CEA for dismantling of used fuel storage pools.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsorano-secures-contracts-in-japan-and-france-7764801

IAEA director general Rafael Mariano Grossi, during a visit to the USA, told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that he plans to “recalibrate” the work of the IAEA, paying particular attention to areas ranging from nuclear safety and security to cancer care and gender parity.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-director-general-grossi-seeks-to-recalibrate-agencys-work-7764875

French Orano has signed a contract with Japan's Nuclear Fuel Industries (NFI) for the fabrication of 32 MOX fuel assemblies for the Takahama 3 and 4 reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Company (Kansai). Mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, is nuclear fuel made from reprocessed plutonium and uranium.

Date: Friday, 07 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-wins-further-MOX-order-from-Japan

Japan has completed its first 360-tonne D-shaped toroidal field coil for the Iter international fusion project under construction in France.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapan-completes-its-first-superconducting-coil-for-iter-7755356

US-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) said on 30 January that it had begun the US licensing process for its BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR).

Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeh-begins-us-licensing-process-for-bwrx-300-smr-7753583

The Japan government has held a briefing session for embassy officials from nearly two dozen countries on the merits of a plan to release water from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station into the ocean.

The session was held at the foreign ministry in Tokyo and offered an update on the planned disposal of more than 1 million tonnes of water that have been treated and kept in tanks at the crippled complex, where storage space is likely to run out by 2022

Japan plans to remove all radioactive particles from the water except tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is hard to separate and is considered to be relatively harmless.

“Compared to evaporation, ocean release can be done more securely,” the spokesman said, pointing to common practice around the world where normally operating nuclear stations release water that contains tritium into the sea.

Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/japan-briefs-embassies-on-plans-to-release-water-into-ocean-2-1-2020