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Slovenia has a "comprehensive, robust and well-functioning system" for used nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded. However, it noted areas where it could be further enhanced.

Date: Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-assesses-Slovenia-s-radwaste-programme

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

Belgian think tank Horizon 238 on 21 August addressed a letter to Prime Minister Alexander De Croo asking him “to reconsider the nuclear phase-out”, which became official policy 18 years ago. The Horizon 238 website says the initiative “began with a group of colleagues from the nuclear industry who were also friends outside of work, but quickly grew to include members of other professions”. The letter expressed concern “about preserving a prosperous and sustainable world for future generations” and noted that Belgium “is about to make a decision that will irreversibly shape its energy landscape for decades to come, and which will undoubtedly become one of the most significant chapter of your government’s legacy”.

Date: Thursday, 26 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelgian-think-tank-seeks-reversal-of-nuclear-phase-out-9028917

The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, according to a new briefing released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 11 August. In the run up to the COP 21 meeting in Glasgow, UNECE argues that nuclear power can help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNECE, set up in 1947, is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member states in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Western Asia.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsunece-says-nuclear-power-essential-to-achieve-climate-goals-9007938

Nuclear power can be part of a broader portfolio alongside deploying other sustainable low- or zero-carbon technologies to decarbonise the global energy system and energy intensive industries, according to a new technology brief from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The publication highlights nuclear power as an important source of low-carbon energy that can contribute to attaining carbon neutrality and for policy-makers who wish to meet climate and sustainable development objectives using nuclear power should provide positive, long-term policy signals for new nuclear development.

Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Policies-must-allow-nuclear-to-play-its-vital-role

European unions on 27 July reiterated calls for the European Commission (EC) to include nuclear power in its green goals. In a joint letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 countries said nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy. The unions - from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Romania, Sweden, Slovak Republic and Slovenia - called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseuropean-unions-call-again-for-nuclear-to-be-part-of-the-eu-taxonomy-8946044

Major trade unions in 10 European countries have again urged the European commission to include nuclear energy in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy by promulgating delegated act that would allow the technology to compete with other low-emissions energy sources.

The commission decided not to include nuclear energy in the sustainable finance taxonomy, which entered into force last summer, but said it would include it under a complementary delegated act in 2021. The act would include the technical screening criteria for determining the conditions under which nuclear could qualify as contributing to sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The taxonomy is a package of regulations that governs investment in activities that the EU says are environmentally friendly.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/european-trade-unions-renew-call-for-nuclear-to-be-included-7-4-2021

Nuclear energy must be included in a delegated act of the European taxonomy, 18 trade unions in the energy sector from 10 European Union countries have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission (EC). In a joint letter, the unions called for "a dialogue with the purpose of nuclear energy to play its full potential and build an economically efficient and socially just carbon-free Europe by 2050".

Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Unions-repeat-call-for-nuclear-s-inclusion-in-EU-t

The 70-year decommissioning programme of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), including long-term management of residual waste, provides a good basis for future effective implementation, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded. The team made several recommendations to support JAEA in increasing the effectiveness of its decommissioning activities, including in the area of waste disposal.

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-commends-JAEAs-back-end-programme