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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is dispatching a first batch of equipment to more than 40 countries to enable them to use a nuclear-derived technique to rapidly detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This emergency assistance is part of the IAEA's response to requests for support from around 90 Member States in controlling an increasing number of infections worldwide.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-dispatches-COVID-19-detection-equipment

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom is hoping to start construction of a small-scale land-based nuclear power plant in 2024, for commissioning in 2027.

Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrosatom-looks-to-smaller-reactors-7835816

Fatih Birol said policymakers need to design markets that reward different energy sources  Dr Birol said nuclear is a crucial element in ensuring a secure electricity supply, especially in times of crisis. Firm generation capacity, including nuclear power, is a crucial element in ensuring a secure electricity supply, especially in times of crisis, International Energy Agency executive director Dr Fatih Birol has said.

In a commentary posted online Dr Birol said policymakers need to design markets that reward different sources for their contributions to electricity security, which can enable them to establish viable business models.

His comments echo those of the nuclear energy industry, which says nuclear is a low-carbon generation source and should be treated as such in legislation.

In Europe the Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has called on the EU to support the nuclear sector’s important role within the bloc’s economy.

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/head-of-iea-says-nuclear-is-essential-in-times-of-crisis-3-1-2020

Evidence is ‘complex and difficult to evaluate’, says working group A technical expert group of the European Commission has not included nuclear energy in its recommendations on the bloc’s proposed taxonomy regulation, saying it was unable to conclude that the industry’s value chain does not cause significant harm to other environmental objectives.

The report recommended that more extensive technical work is done on the so-called “do-no-significant-harm” aspects of nuclear energy. It said the work should be done by a team with “in-depth technical expertise” on nuclear life cycle technologies.

The recommendations are contained in the technical expert group’s report on sustainable finance published earlier this week. The report includes the group’s recommendations on the bloc’s taxonomy regulation, a classification system for the financing of sustainable economic activities.

The taxonomy will create a common language that investors can refer to when investing in projects and economic activities that have a substantial positive impact on the climate and the environment. It stipulates that a number of environmental objectives should be considered when evaluating how sustainable an economic activity is.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-not-included-in-technical-recommendations-experts-call-for-more-work-on-topic-3-4-2020

US nuclear services group Jacobs announced on 9 March that it had acquired Wood Nuclear, part of Scottish energy services Wood, for an enterprise value of approximately £250 million ($325 million).

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswood-nuclear-acquired-by-us-jacobs-7816392

Group says industry ‘stands ready’ to help bloc achieve goals The Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has welcomed a European Commission industrial strategy to help the bloc’s industry move towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, but called on the EU decision-makers to support the nuclear sector’s important role within the EU economy.

Foratom said in a statement that the European nuclear industry stands ready to help Europe achieve its goals in terms of providing clean energy and maintaining the region’s competitiveness.

The Commission’s strategy, which was published on Tuesday, made no mention of nuclear. It set out a range of actions to support European industry, including reducing red tape and improving access to financing.

One of the key challenges is ensuring that Europe’s industry has access to a secure supply of clean energy at a competitive price. This is crucial for maintaining Europe’s competitiveness.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/foratom-calls-on-bloc-to-recognise-nuclear-as-strategic-industry-3-3-2020

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has welcomed the ambitions outlined in the European Commission's Industrial Strategy, which was published yesterday. The strategy is part of European Commission President Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen's political guidelines and responds to a request from the European Council in March 2019.

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Foratom-calls-on-EU-to-recognise-nuclear-as-a-stra

The main challenges facing the nuclear industry are not in the production and delivery of electricity, but in securing the policy support required for it to expand its contribution of sustainable and low-carbon energy. This was the message of Philippe Costes, senior advisor at World Nuclear Assocation, to delegates at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo & Summit in Istanbul this week.

Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Policy-support-for-nuclear-in-the-global-en

Shutting down the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in eastern France will lead to additional emissions of around 10 million tonnes of CO2 per year and the loss of thousands of jobs, writes Valérie Faudon, general delegate of the French Nuclear Energy Society (SFEN).

Date: Thursday, 05 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Fessenheim-closure-subverts-modern-envir