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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 16 September that, with its partners it was supporting nuclear remediation efforts in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsebrd-supports-clean-up-of-uranium-waste-in-central-asia-9093669

Belgium’s nuclear power plants, including four units at Doel, are scheduled for closure. Image courtesy Engie. The head of an influential Belgian business group has said “no one knows where we are going” on nuclear energy and urged political leaders to clarify the situation.

Pieter Timmermans, chief executive officer of the Federation of Enterprises of Belgium, said in Le Soir newspaper that an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in August concluded that maximum effort must be made to reduce CO2 production, “and we, in Belgium, are we going to build gas plants to make up for the closure of the nuclear ones?”

He said he was concerned that Belgium’s independence in the field of energy might not be guaranteed.

Date: Thursday, 09 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/no-one-knows-where-we-are-going-on-nuclear-energy-says-business-group-ceo-9-3-2021

Critics say gas plants are needed to replace reactors which, in turn, will increase CO2-emissions Belgium has seven commercial reactors with three at Tihange (pictured) and four at Doel. Courtesy Electrabel. The European commission has approved a capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) in Belgium after concluding the measure does not distort competition in the single market – and despite criticism that it could lead to the construction of additional gas-fired capacity to compensate for a planned nuclear phaseout and make Belgium “one of the most polluting energy producers in Europe”.

The commission said the CRM will contribute to ensuring security of electricity supply, especially as Belgium has decided to phase out all commercial nuclear capacity by 2025.

The approval follows an in-depth investigation launched by the commission in September 2020 to assess if Belgian plans to introduce the national market-wide mechanism were in line with EU state aid rules.

The CRM, which is intended to replace the Belgian strategic reserve, will select beneficiaries through a competitive bidding process. They will be remunerated for their availability in situations where there is shortage of supply and receive capacity payment for the duration of the agreement, which would range between one and 15 years, depending on the size of investment.

Date: Tuesday, 07 September 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/subsidy-approval-and-nuclear-phaseout-will-make-country-one-of-most-polluting-energy-producers-in-europe-9-1-2021

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

An open letter to the prime minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, has called for the country's anti-nuclear policies to be re-evaluated and for Belgium's nuclear facilities and skills to be positively applied in an effort to avert climate change. Writing in the major newspaper La Libre, a group of young engineers called Horizon 238 appealed to De Croo: "Our country 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 chapters of your government's legacy."

Date: Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Belgian-nuclear-phase-out-an-irreversible-loss-PM

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