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The impetus for new build is being spurred by a need to reduce reliance on polluting coal China has 10 nuclear units under construction including two Generation III Hualong One plants at Fangchenggang. China, with its state nuclear companies backed by a government hungry for development, is the most active nation for building new nuclear power plants. That trend that is likely to continue, although confirming lucrative export deals for its reactor technology still runs far behind the pace set by Russia, which says it had 39 reactors under construction or planned overseas as of 2018.

This compares to only two reactors under construction overseas by China, both in Pakistan, although in the UK China has a stake in EDF’s Hinkley Point C project and plans for Chinese technology at Bradwell B. At Sizewell C in Suffolk EDF wants to build a clone of Hinkley Point C if it can attract enough private investment. CGN holds a 20% share.

The government has said it wants to build 30 reactors overseas by 2030. China and Russia both see Africa, where about 600 million people live without electricity, as something of a golden fleece and are pursuing nuclear agreements, which lay the groundwork for new-build, in a number of African nations. Small modular reactors and floating reactors could be an option for isolated areas. China has already said it is close to starting work on its first floating unit, but reliable details are few and far between.

The impetus for nuclear power in China is increasingly due to air pollution from coal-fired plants. To meet its climate goal as stipulated in the Paris agreement, China will need to reduce its coal power capacity by 40% over the next decade, according to Global Energy Monitor’s analysis. At present, this seems unrealistic. In addition to roughly 1,000 GW of existing coal capacity, China has 121 GW of coal plants under construction, which is more than is being built in the rest of the world combined.

Date: Friday, 24 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/china-keen-to-match-pace-set-by-russia-in-overseas-construction-1-4-2020

The UN climate talks in Madrid finally ended yesterday with agreement to postpone a decision on the sixth article of the Paris climate accord. COP25 had been supposed to work out rules for a new global carbon market and create a system that would allow countries to pay each other for projects that reduce emissions. That task will now have to be taken up at COP26 in November 2020.

Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Madrid-talks-leave-carbon-pricing-to-COP26

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team on 25 October concluded an 11-day mission to review the UK’s regulatory safety framework. The team said the UK is committed to strengthening its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety and identified areas that would benefit from further enhancement. The UK has 15 operating nuclear power reactors at seven sites, generating 21% of its electricity, and two nuclear fuel reprocessing plants.

Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-uk-regulatory-framework-7487712

The United Nations, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Energy Council (WEC) are drawing global attention to the inherent qualities of nuclear power as a clean and reliable source of electricity. Now into its seventh decade, nuclear energy is seen by these and other prominent organisations as an existing and proven solution to the 21st Century challenges of climate change and a sustainable energy transition.

Date: Friday, 06 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-power-is-the-silent-giant-being-invited-fi

World Nuclear Association was invited to present this week at the opening of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors, Learning from the Past, Enabling the Future. Mikhail Baryshnikov (TENEX) and Cecile Evans (Orano), chair and deputy chair of the Sustainable Used Fuel Management Working Group, share the industry’s message.

Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-The-sustainability-of-used-nuclear-fuel-man

As a result of higher energy consumption, CO2 emissions rose 1.7% last year and hit a new record, according to the latest data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Paris-based agency’s Global Energy & CO2 Status Report, released today, shows that the global energy system emitted 33 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018.

Date: Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IEA-demands-increase-in-clean-energy-as-emissions

The US administration on 2 November announced the reimposition of all US sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This is the second raft of penalties reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from JCPOA in May, and they cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. The sanctions that come into force on 5 November penalise countries that do not stop importing Iranian oil and foreign companies that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including the central bank, a number of private financial institutions and state-run port and shipping companies. Eight countries, identified by officials as US allies, will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products for a limited period. Pompeo did not identify the countries to be granted the waivers. But according to numerous reports, these include India, South Korea, Turkey, Japan and Italy.

Date: Monday, 05 November 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsusa-ramps-up-sanctions-on-iran-6835977

A report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on 8 October warns that unprecedented change is needed to limit global warming. The special report, “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees”, was commissioned by governments at the Paris climate talks in 2015. It will inform the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland in December.

The IPCC said in a statment accompanying the repor that limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C "would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

Date: Monday, 15 October 2018
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsipcc-issues-alert-on-climate-change-6801217

A large increase in the use of nuclear power would help keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, according to a United Nations report published today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report - Global Warming of 1.5 degrees - was commissioned by governments at the Paris climate talks in 2015 and will inform the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland this December.

Date: Monday, 08 October 2018
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UN-report-shows-increased-need-for-nuclear