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Nuclear energy is a mature and proven low-carbon source of electricity, with a 60-year track record of providing reliable and safe operation. Further innovation and technological development will enable even wider applications aimed at deep decarbonisation of economies around the world and supporting sustainable development. This was the message of King Lee, director of the Harmony Programme at World Nuclear Association, to delegates at the UN side event for Sustainable Development Goal 9, held today at COP25 in Madrid.

Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-energy-innovation-for-clean-growth

The structure of the medical radioisotope supply chain is impeding the provision of technetium-99m (Tc-99m), a new report by an OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) high-level group has found. Supplies of the world's most widely used medical radioisotope remain fragile.

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-publishes-isotope-supply-chain-report

Innovation has always been at the heart of the nuclear power industry and its future depends on this commitment to technological advancement in both large and small reactor designs. This was the message of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) General Ministerial Conference held in Washington DC last week.

Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Conference-Advancing-the-rebirth-of-nuclear-power

Worldwide renewable energy consumption increases by 3% a year between 2018 and 2050 with nuclear consumption increasing by 1% a year, a report by the US Energy Information Administration said.

The report, International Energy Outlook 2019, said nuclear generation will also grow by 1% a year.

It said China will continue to consume coal despite policies encouraging nuclear and renewable energy use.

Coal’s share of China’s electricity generation decreases from 64% in 2018 to 30% in 2050. In 2050, electricity generation is projected to account for 39 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of coal, while renewables, nuclear, and natural gas account for 73, 12, and 7 quadrillion Btu, respectively.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/modest-growth-for-nuclear-to-2050-10-3-2019

Fatih Birol called for governments to change their policies on nuclear. The decline of nuclear in the global energy mix poses a threat to economies and efforts to reduce carbon emissions, International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol told a conference in Paris.

Safety concerns, rising costs and technological setbacks including delays to EPR projects in France and Finland have slowed nuclear projects since the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster in Japan in March 2011, he said.

At the same time, despite governments setting ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming, emissions hit a record high in 2018.

Mr Birol said governments need to change their policies and consider new nuclear capacity and lifetime operating extensions for existing nuclear plants.

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
Original article: nucnet.org/news/governments-need-to-change-policies-to-keep-nuclear-in-energy-mix-10-4-2019

Some 550 participants from 79 countries and 18 international organisations took part in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) Conference in Vienna on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power from 7 to 11 October, organised in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA).

Date: Friday, 11 October 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-climate-conference-gets-off-to-a-good-start-7446956

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is working towards the future of nuclear by enhancing existing technology; developing advanced technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs); and assessing how all low-carbon technologies can be integrated within 'microgrids', CNL President and CEO Mark Lesinski said today. The use of hydrogen for microgrids is CNL's "highest aspiration, the Holiest Grail", he told delegates at the International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power being held this week at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.

Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/CNL-charts-path-to-microgrids-the-Holiest-Grail-i

The dismantling and decommissioning (D&D) business has a promising part to play in the future of the nuclear power industry as it now demonstrates to the public that a nuclear asset can be permanently withdrawn from service in a safe, sustainable, timely and cost-effective manner, writes Philippe Knoche, CEO of Orano.

Date: Tuesday, 01 October 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-positive-role-of-D-D