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Policymakers who ignore nuclear energy are not serious about meeting climate goals, delegates said at an Atlantic Council webinar last week. The first in the Raising Ambitions series, the event highlighted the attributes of this clean source of electricity and heat ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit, which the US Administration is hosting on 22-23 April.

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-can-help-raise-climate-ambitions

The post-COVID economic recovery and the clean energy transition present a huge opportunity from which all nations can benefit, delegates at the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit agreed. Over 40 countries, covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and carbon emissions, took part in the event on 31 March to identify how to work together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. They included the USA, which re-joined the 2015 climate accord earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 07 April 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ministers-chart-the-path-to-COP26

Private investors need to see clear and consistent political support for nuclear energy as a way to tackle climate change if they are to play a role in raising the large amount of capital required for new-build projects, Stephen Vaughan, vice chair of Energy & Power at Rothschild & Co, said yesterday during World Nuclear Association's Strategic eForum on Sustainable Finance. Specifically, taxonomies must back investment in nuclear power, he said.

Date: Saturday, 20 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-nuclear-needs-positive-taxonomies-says-Rothsch

Nuclear energy can be a critical component of a decarbonised energy system for those member states that choose to consider it as part of their sustainable development and climate change strategy, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) says in a new report. The report shows how the utilisation of local or regional uranium resources can provide a platform for sustainable development.

Date: Saturday, 13 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UNECE-report-provides-pathways-for-nuclear-energy

Government policies should recognise the potential of nuclear energy if the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y Léon told the Asian Business Leadership Forum (ABLF). Speaking at ABLF's Sixth Conclave, which was held on 9 March, Bilbao y Léon set out her vision of how nations can maximise the use of nuclear power to help achieve the SDGs.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Align-possibilities-with-policies-to-reach-SDG-goa

Decarbonising the power sector will not be enough on its own to reach climate goals, a joint high-level workshop held by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency heard yesterday. Applications of nuclear beyond power generation, including the production of low-carbon heat, hydrogen or other synthetic fuels, could significantly expand market opportunities for nuclear power and are especially relevant to achieving global net-zero emissions.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Workshop-examines-nuclear-opportunities-beyond-ele

International Energy Agency (IEA) Director General Fatih Birol today highlighted the role that nuclear power can play in the global fight against climate change. Birol was speaking to delegates on a webinar for the launch of the IEA report Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Japan 2021.

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-is-integral-to-clean-energy-transition-say

China will have the world's largest nuclear power fleet within a decade, while most of the units in longstanding nuclear regions - Japan, the European Union and the USA - are facing the end of their original 40-year design lifetime, Brent Wanner, lead of World Energy Outlook Power Sector Modelling & Analysis at the International Energy Agency (IEA), said yesterday. Without policy support for the long-term operation of the existing fleet, this trend is certain to continue, he told delegates at the High-Level Workshop on Nuclear Power in Clean Energy Transitions, which the IEA held jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/China-on-course-to-lead-in-nuclear-by-2030-says-IE

As work to decommission the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and revitalise the surrounding area continues, there are many ways international communities can learn, assist Japan and support each other, according to a new report from OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Published today, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the disaster, the report summarises the circumstances of the accident, the current status of the site, and lessons learned. It also considers the challenges that lie ahead and makes policy recommendations.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-assesses-the-cause-and-impact-of-Fukushima-acc

Once a poster child for environmentalism, Sweden has now embarked on a retroactive and harmful journey, write Sama Bilbao y Léon, director general, and John Lindberg, public affairs manager, at World Nuclear Association. The following is a translation from Swedish of their article Sverige bör ompröva sin kärnkraftspolitik published by Dagens Industri on 18 February.

Date: Saturday, 27 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Sweden-must-reconsider-its-nuclear-polic