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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has made the full case for nuclear to be deployed rapidly to enable the phase out of coal in a new Nuclear Energy for a Net Zero World brochure. The organisation is taking it to next month's COP26 climate change meeting to argue for evidence-based policy and "ramped up" investment in nuclear.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-takes-the-case-for-nuclear-to-COP26

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO), published on 13 October, says transition to a clean energy system is progressing too slowly for the world to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. However, the report provides analysis of how the world can still move towards a pathway that would have a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C but sees no key role for nuclear power.

Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-world-energy-outlook-intended-as-handbook-for-cop26-9156721

The transition to a clean energy system is still progressing too slowly for the world to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in the latest edition of its World Energy Outlook, published today. However, it says a new energy economy is emerging around the world as solar, wind, electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies flourish. The report provides analysis of how the world can still move towards a pathway that would have a good chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-calls-for-commitments-at-COP26-to-reach-net-ze

President says Europe ‘will never have’ enough renewable energy capacity Mr Macron said France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing clean hydrogen. Courtesy Elysée Palace. French president Emmanuel Macron said that by 2030 France must be a leader in carbon-free power production with one small modular reactor in operation and nuclear plants used to produce clean hydrogen through electrolysis.

Mr Macron said Europe will never have enough renewable energy capacity to produce sufficient green hydrogen and that France’s nuclear plants are a major asset for producing green hydrogen.

Mr Macron made the comments as he unveiled a five-year investment plan on Tuesday aimed at fostering industrial champions and innovation.

“We must wage the battle of innovation and industrialisation at the same time,” the French president told a gathering of business leaders and young entrepreneurs, unveiling plans to invest €30bn to “re-industrialise” the country.

Date: Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/macron-announces-plans-for-first-smr-and-green-hydrogen-from-nuclear-plants-by-2030-10-2-2021

The Hunterston B nuclear station in England, where two units are scheduled to shut down in 2022. Courtesy EDF Energy. Worldwide nuclear generation increases by 15% until 2050, but in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) regions it decreases by almost one-third, half of which occurs in OECD Europe, according to projections by the US Energy Information Administration.

In its International Energy Outlook 2021, the EIA says as coal-fired and nuclear generation decreases by almost one-third relative to 2020 levels, and natural gas-fired generation stays relatively flat, the share of renewables in the OECD Europe region increases from much less than half of the generation mix in 2020 to almost three-quarters by 2050.

This increase occurs as the use of non-renewable energy resources shifts from being the primary source of electricity toward serving as reliability support for the rising amounts of renewable energy.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nuclear-generation-us-eia-forecasts-worldwide-growth-but-decline-in-europe-10-4-2021

Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) told the US-sponsored Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation’s (P-TECC’s) third ministerial conference in Warsaw, that nuclear power is important to support an emerging new global clean energy economy. However, global reactor capacity would need to increase threefold by 2050 to meet global net-zero emission targets.

Date: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-head-tells-us-sponsored-conference-that-nuclear-is-important-for-climate-mitigation-9128635

Fatih Birol said the share of nuclear power generation in Europe could fall from about 20% to about 5% without policy changes. Courtesy IEA. Nuclear power has an important role to play in an emerging new global clean energy economy, but analysis has shown that global reactor capacity should increase threefold by 2050 if the world’s net-zero emission targets are to be met, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency said.

Mr Birol told the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy and Climate Cooperation ministerial conference in Warsaw, Poland, that if countries are serious about meeting climate targets such an effort would require the construction of 30 GW of new nuclear power capacity every years, five times higher than what was built annually over more than a decade.

He said renewables made up more than 90% of new installed power capacity globally over the last two years, but their growing share would require policymakers to think about how to integrate intermittent generation into markets. “On the days of no sun, or no wind…it’s a huge electricity security issue,” he said.

Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iea-head-says-major-reactor-construction-programme-could-be-needed-to-help-meet-climate-goals-9-1-2021

The Czech Republic needs to prepare for an earlier phase-out of coal than previously envisaged and develop low-carbon energy sources to replace it while taking steps to cushion the economic and social impacts in coal-producing regions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its latest in-depth review of the country’s energy policies.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-says-climate-targets-will-accelerate-czech-coal-phase-out-9093825

The Czech Republic's support framework for nuclear investment has been approved by the lower house of parliament. The Low Carbon Act should come into effect from 1 January 2022, the energy ministry said. "Currently, there are no market incentives for investment in new nuclear or other emission-free energy sources," noted Tomáš Ehler, the deputy minister of industry and trade, saying, "These market failures have been confirmed by the European Commission itself."

Date: Saturday, 18 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-lawmakers-approve-nuclear-support

Nuclear is already set to become the largest source of energy in the Czech Republic, but accelerating new build and broadening its use to provide more heat would help hasten the phaseout of coal, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Phasing out coal is "a key challenge" for the Czech Republic, the IEA said in a policy review published today. Despite a 36% decrease since 2009, coal still accounts for half of total domestic energy production and it is not expected to be phased out completely until 2038, it said.

Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Boost-nuclear-to-cut-coal-faster,-Czech-Republic-t