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The United Nations' climate talks this year can be a moment where the world comes together to ramp up momentum towards a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy, COP26 President Designate Alok Sharma told UN Member States at the organisation's headquarters in New York on 6 March. Sharma, who is also the UK secretary of state for business, said it was time to "send out a message of ambition and hope, that decarbonisation is the future, with huge opportunities for those who are willing to act now" and that the transition to a zero-carbon economy must be "fair and inclusive".

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
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Regulators must explore the possibility of harmonising international requirements for advanced and small modular reactor design evaluation and licensing, Rumina Velshi, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), told delegates at the Advanced Reactors Summit VII held in Knoxville, Tennessee yesterday. In August last year, Velshi and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Christine Svinicki signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to expand the agencies' cooperation on activities associated with advanced reactor and SMR technologies.

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
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As the United Arab Emirates' Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UAE Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation, I am proud to have been given the opportunity to engage with responsible nations around the world for the promotion of peaceful nuclear energy, writes Hamad Alkaabi.

Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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