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The International Energy Agency (IEA) today launched its Sustainable Recovery Tracker that monitors governments' fiscal responses to the COVID-19 crisis and estimates their impact on clean energy investments and global CO2 emissions. The new online tool is a contribution to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Climate and Energy, which takes place in Naples on 22 and 23 July under the presidency of Italy.

Date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Sustainable-recovery-receiving-inadequate-attentio

Foratom has welcomed the European Commission's proposed Fit for 55 to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies 'fit' for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, but says the target leaves open key questions. How will be this transition financed? Will we have enough low-carbon energy to meet our needs? How can we ensure that industries are able to decarbonise their manufacturing processes whilst remaining competitive? And how can we mitigate potential social impacts (e.g. job losses and energy poverty)?

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-answers-the-open-questions-of-Fit-for-55,

After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Emissions-set-to-rise-with-growth-in-coal-use,-say

Alpine country has four commercial units
Switzerland has four commercial units at three sites. Image courtesy Flickr/Khairul Abdullah Talks are under way between the Swiss federal administration and the country’s nuclear power operators on the possibility to operate nuclear plants for 60 years instead of a the presently assumed 50 years, local media reported.

Switzerland has four nuclear reactor units in commercial operation at three sites – Beznau-1 and -2, Gösgen, and Leibstadt – which provided about 33% of the country’s electricity in 2020.

According to the Tages-Anzeiger, the Swiss government is worried of power shortages if nuclear power plants close earlier in view of the recently failed negotiations on an agreement on electric power exchange between EU countries and Switzerland.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/authorities-and-utilities-to-discuss-possible-60-year-nuclear-plants-operation-say-reports-7-4-2021

GE has produced a Positioning Paper that discusses GE’s view on the critical role nuclear energy plays as the world transitions to a carbon-free future with a focus on:

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsge-position-paper-sees-nuclear-as-critical-to-achieving-net-zero-8855793

Agency report underlines need for LTO and new-build Nuclear power has a role to play in Japan’s efforts to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, writes Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Mr Birol says in an article published on his official LinkedIn page that restarting existing nuclear reactor units in Japan, which meet safety requirements, would be a “cost-effective” way to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the security of electricity supplies.

“Japan has made enormous progress in the ten years since the Fukushima Daiichi accident”, Mr Birol writes.

Date: Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-power-to-play-role-in-meeting-climate-targets-says-iea-s-birol-6-1-2021

Nuclear power, the largest source of carbon-free electricity generation today, should continue to be a pillar in the energy transition to a carbon-free future and in helping countries achieve energy security, GE says in a newly published 'positioning paper'. It says two parallel paths are needed: maximizing the lifetime output of the existing installed fleet and building new nuclear plants with best-in-class technology.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GE-outlines-nuclear-s-role-as-a-pillar-of-a-low-ca

The final communique of the Group of Seven (G7) leaders who met in Cornwall, United Kingdom, from 11-13 June, “Our Shared Agenda for Global Action to Build Back Better” included an extensive section on Climate and Environment.

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsg7-communique-makes-only-a-passing-reference-to-nuclear-8822695

The Group of Seven (G7) countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Date: Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Carbis-Bay-summit-highlights-technology-driven-cle

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest flagship report, “Financing clean energy transitions in emerging and developing economies,” barely mentions nuclear, except in passing, in its 237 pages. In his Foreword to the report, IEA Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol says the IEA “has made it crystal clear that countries around the world must urgently accelerate their transitions to clean energy” to stave off the worst effects of climate change and “to build a more healthy, prosperous and secure future where everyone has access to clean and affordable energy supplies”. He warns: “If energy transitions and clean energy investment do not quickly pick up speed in emerging and developing economies, the world will face a major fault line in efforts to address climate change and reach other sustainable development goals.” This is because most growth in global emissions in the coming decades is set to come from emerging and developing economies as they grow, industrialise and urbanise.

Date: Friday, 11 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-sees-no-place-for-nuclear-in-financing-clean-energy-transitions-in-emerging-economies-8810910