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A group of 46 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NGOs-call-for-nuclears-inclusion-in-EU-taxonomy

Decarbonising heat will be essential for global emissions reduction efforts in the coming years, Aiden Peakman of the UK Nuclear Innovation and Research Office told a high-level joint workshop held by the International Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Current generation light-water reactors and next-generation advanced reactors could significantly help in decarbonising the heat sector, he said.

Date: Saturday, 06 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Decarbonise-heat-to-meet-emissions-targets,-worksh

Low-carbon technologies are more competitive than the fossil fuel options for electricity generation, which is good news for governments wanting to move towards low-carbon systems. But electricity is not the end of the story, says Dr Henri Paillere, head of the Planning and Economics Studies Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-beyond-electricity

The Czech government in December approved the selection of four recommended sites for the location of a deep radioactive waste repository - Brezový potok in the Klatovy region, Horka between Trebíc and Velký Mezirící, Hrádek near Jihlava and Janoch near Temelín.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsczech-government-approves-four-possible-repository-sites-8443413

Global electricity demand is set to decline 2% in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) first ever Electricity Market Report, which was published today. Nuclear power generation is set to fall by about 4% this year, it says. Global electricity demand is forecast to grow by around 3% next year.

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-charts-COVID-s-impact-on-electricity-market

As Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gather in Vienna this week for the annual General Conference, they should consider making universal the appointment of a National Focal Point on denials of shipment of radioactive materials to boost security of supply of medical isotopes, write Natanael Bruno and Serge Gorlin, co-chairs of the Transport Facilitation Working Group.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Time-to-appoint-a-National-Focal-Point-o

The Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) has announced that the operating licence of the Mühleberg nuclear power plant (KKM) has been replaced with a decommissioning order issued by the Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication (DETEC). The single unit 373 MWe boiling water reactor began operations in 1972.

Date: Saturday, 19 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Muhleberg-plant-enters-permanent-decommissioning-s

Leaders of World Nuclear Association working groups participated in a webinar yesterday to highlight some of the issues of key importance to the global nuclear industry. These include: harmonisation in reactor licensing; energy market design; safety regulation; and, new applications of nuclear energy. The Industry Gamechangers webinar was a pre-event to the Association's Strategic eForum to be held next week.

Date: Friday, 04 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-industry-leaders-discuss-game-changing-iss

Switzerland’s National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) has compared the advantages and disadvantages of sites for a used fuel/high-level waste encapsulation plant. The resulting report, “High-level waste encapsulation plant: Advantages and disadvantages of different siting variants”, will serve as a basis for discussion with the regions, Nagra said.

Date: Friday, 21 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsswitzerlands-nagra-favours-interim-waste-storage-at-zwilag-8093843