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Overall energy demand will fall 6% in 2020, while demand for electricity is set to decline by 5%, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global energy system. Global carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decline by almost 8% compared with 2019.

Date: Friday, 01 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Global-energy-demand-and-emissions-impacted-by-COV

A group of more than 100 scientists and environmentalists have written to the European Commission calling for a "timely and just assessment" of nuclear energy in the EU Taxonomy. The letter was sent by Satu Helynen, acting president of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNETP), and addressed to EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and to two European Commission vice-presidents, Valdis Dombrovskis and Frans Timmermans.

Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NGOs-demand-place-for-nuclear-in-EU-Taxonomy

Electricity generation is vital in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but scheduled refuelling and maintenance outages at nuclear power plants around the world must still go ahead. Operators are introducing risk-minimising procedures so outages that have been planned years in advance can proceed, while some are being prompted to rethink or extend scheduled outages.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Outage-management-adapts-to-COVID-19

The nuclear power industry’s research and development programme to handle waste from Sweden’s nuclear power plants meets legal requirements, regulator SSM has told the government.

The main point of the latest programme is the presentation of plans for development of a final repository for long-lived radioactive waste.

The planned repository at Forsmark is intended to accommodate about 12,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel. SKB has said it hopes to start construction “in the early 2020s”.

SSM said Swedish Nuclear Fuel Management AB (SKB) and the reactor owners had met requirements set by the government for the R&D programme.

Date: Thursday, 02 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/regulator-approves-waste-programme-as-it-waits-for-final-repository-plans-4-3-2020

Swedish utility Vattenfall said on 18 March that it was joining the Estonian pilot study on small modular reactors (SMRs).

Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvattenfall-joins-estonian-smr-study-7833460

Leading the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) at a time when respect is growing for nuclear energy as a reliable and low-carbon source of electricity is an exciting prospect, its new CEO and chairman, respectively, Ingemar Engkvist and Tom Mitchell, said in an interview with World Nuclear News. Speaking at the organisation's London headquarters recently, they said their enthusiasm in leading WANO into its fourth decade reflects not only their passion for the industry but also their optimism about its future.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Interview-Nuclear-operators-face-a-bright-future

Swedish engineering consultancy company Sweco has been commissioned by waste and fuel management company Svensk Kärnbränslehantering (SKB) to design the planned used nuclear fuel repository at Forsmark, as well as the planned expansion of the final repository for short-lived radioactive waste at the site.

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssweco-to-design-swedish-repository-7765105

Swedish engineering consultancy company Sweco will prepare the detailed design of the planned used nuclear fuel repository at Forsmark under a contract from waste and fuel management company Svensk Kärnbränslehantering AB (SKB). In addition, Sweco will supply the detailed design for the extension of the existing final repository for low and intermediate-level radioactive waste (SFR), also at Forsmark.

Date: Saturday, 08 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Contract-for-detailed-design-of-Forsmark-disposal

The Swedish Parliament - the Riksdag - yesterday narrowly rejected a proposal from the nationalist Sweden Democrats party to reverse the planned closure of the two oldest reactors at the Ringhals nuclear power plant. Unit 2 of the plant was shut down at the end of last year, with unit 1 set to close later this year.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-parliament-votes-down-Ringhals-motion

Unit 2 of the Ringhals nuclear power plant in Sweden was yesterday permanently shut down, ending 44 years of operation and 215 TWh of generation. Ringhals 1 is scheduled to shut down next year.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ringhals-2-enters-retirement