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Protocols to amend two international instruments strengthening the rights to compensation for those affected by nuclear energy accidents have been formally ratified and will enter into force on 1 January.

Date: Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-liability-protocols-ratified-to-strengthen

Reactor fleet generates a quarter of Europe’s electricity “A range of studies have confirmed that the long-term operation of the existing nuclear fleet is the cheapest source of electricity," said Yves Desbazeille, Foratom's head. Brussels-based nuclear industry group Foratom has published a position paper calling for the long-term operation (LTO) of the European Union’s domestic nuclear reactor fleet as a way to achieve the bloc’s climate goals at an “affordable cost”, while also reducing energy import dependency.

Foratom said “an increasing number of experts” recognise that the energy sector’s decarbonisation cannot be achieved by using renewable sources alone and must be coupled with nuclear power if the world is to reach its net zero goals by 2050.

In this regard, the group said, the LTO of Europe’s nuclear plants can help meet mid-term emission reduction targets by 2030, reduce the EU’s energy import dependency and boost security of supply, and support the integration of more variable renewables to the grid.

Date: Thursday, 16 December 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/long-term-operation-of-existing-nuclear-to-help-eu-meet-2030-climate-targets-12-3-2021

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission to the Czech Republic. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and associated facilities and activities, including transport.

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-nuclear-security-regime-is-robust,-says-IAEA

Switzerland is committed to maintaining and strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded. The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) mission team said a key challenge for the country is to keep and to build new safety competence for the future by evaluating anticipated gaps in expertise and in identifying actions required to fill them.

Date: Saturday, 06 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-concludes-mission-to-assess-Swiss-nuclear-saf

All realistic options that might contribute to global net-zero must be considered, the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) has said in an open letter to COP26 President Alok Sharma. Nuclear systems and advanced reactors - such as Generation IV systems - can contribute to a net-zero society alongside renewable energies, it says.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GIF-calls-for-nuclear-s-inclusion-in-COP26-discuss

The PRISMAP network was recently launched which will see more than 20 European academic institutions and research centres pooling their knowledge, expertise and infrastructure to speed up the introduction of new medical radioisotopes. The network aims to provide a sustainable source of high-purity grade novel radionuclides for medical research.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-medical-isotope-network-launched

A renewed call has been made for additional donor funding in order to tackle the most urgent problems caused by radioactive and toxic waste at legacy uranium sites in Central Asia, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) estimating an additional EUR40 million (USD47 million) is required. The call came as all parties directly involved in the project signed a revised Strategic Master Plan.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/More-funding-needed-to-complete-Central-Asian-reme

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 16 September that, with its partners it was supporting nuclear remediation efforts in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsebrd-supports-clean-up-of-uranium-waste-in-central-asia-9093669

Nuclear energy, as an asset class, has the potential to report well against a wide range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data collection and accounting metrics, according to a new report from the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). This should allow nuclear energy to be considered as an investable asset class, thereby allowing nuclear companies and projects to access climate finance.

Date: Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GIF-highlights-nuclear-s-ESG-attributes

US Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) said on 24 August that it was expanding modelling software to support nuclear safety and regulatory activities related to advanced reactor designs. Nuclear power is a significant source of steady carbon-neutral electricity, making the design and construction of new and next-generation nuclear reactors critical for achieving US green energy goals, SNL noted.

Date: Friday, 27 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-sandia-labs-develop-modelling-software-to-support-advanced-reactor-safety-9032634