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After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced the uranium market as several companies announced in the second quarter of 2020 measures leading to an important decrease of uranium production and related services, the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) says in its newly released 2020 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of nuclear fuel supply and demand in the EU.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
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Global crises like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change can create a strong impetus for the rapid acceleration of new technological development, panellists at a World Nuclear Association Strategic eForum said this week. Governments also have an important part to play in facilitating the right market conditions to enable innovation to flourish, while effective communication is vital in all sectors.

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2021
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There are important lessons to be learned from the approaches that led to the rapid deployment of vaccines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, James Naismith, professor of structural biology at the University of Oxford and director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute, told World Nuclear Association's Thinking Outside the Dome - Strategic eForum on Nuclear Innovation. The following is the text of his speech.

Date: Friday, 25 June 2021
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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
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British engineering firm Rolls-Royce will ensure its new products are compatible with net zero by 2030 and its whole business by 2050. Small modular reactors will play a role in meeting these targets. In June 2020, Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East joined the UN High Level Climate Champions to launch the Race to Zero, the United Nation's campaign to mobilise leadership of businesses, cities and investors to commit to net-zero emissions by the middle of the century at the latest.

Date: Tuesday, 22 June 2021
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Kwasi Kwarteng, British secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, highlighted the role of nuclear power in a statement to the House of Commons this week to mark six months since the publication of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. During the subsequent debate, Members of Parliament quizzed Kwarteng on the government's commitment to nuclear new build.

Date: Saturday, 22 May 2021
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London-based association also urges government to find financing model for reactor construction Tom Greatrex: ‘We know that nuclear and renewables work well together to cut emissions.’ Courtesy NIA. The London-based Nuclear Industry Association has joined forces with RenewableUK and Solar Energy UK to call for urgent action to build new nuclear, wind and solar capacity and for a binding target of 100% grid decarbonisation by 2035.

The NIA is also calling for the government to endorse a financing model for new nuclear projects this year and to set out a plan to restore nuclear capacity to existing levels by the early 2030s.

The nuclear industry has been calling for the introduction of the regulated asset base (RAB) proposal for the financing of nuclear power plants. The government has already said the model has the potential to reduce the cost of raising private finance.

The three associations, which say they represent Britain’s three leading zero-carbon power generators, said that with just six months to go until the UK co-hosts the COP26 summit, Britain’s grid is dirtier now than it was a year ago, with heavy reliance on fossil fuels, the groups said.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021
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The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), RenewableUK and Solar Energy UK - representing Britain’s three leading zero-carbon power generators - today called for urgent action to build new wind, nuclear and solar capacity and for a binding target of 100% grid decarbonisation by 2035. In a joint statement, they wrote that, with just six months to go until the UK co-hosts the COP26 summit, Britain’s grid is "dirtier now than it was a year ago", with heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021
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The UN climate summit in November "must be the COP that consigns coal power to history" if the world is serious about achieving the 1.5 degree limit set by the Paris Agreement, COP26 President Alok Sharma said last week. In response, the UK's Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) said that nuclear energy is the best low-carbon baseload replacement for coal, while US Special Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry highlighted the development of small modular reactors.

Date: Tuesday, 18 May 2021
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