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The UK's Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded places on a contract framework to provide specialist nuclear technical services to the Ministry of Defence.

Date: Friday, 08 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsmod-awards-places-on-nuclear-technical-services-framework-7912205

The UK Ministry of Defence has invited firms to tender for work to decontaminate and dismantle the Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment (NRTE) - formerly HMS Vulcan - which houses prototype nuclear propulsion plants of the type operated by the Royal Navy.

Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstenders-invited-for-work-to-dismantle-uk-naval-test-reactor-site-7830438

There is a low level of awareness among young people in the UK that nuclear power is a low-carbon source of energy, according to research commissioned by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This shows that the government needs to ensure that nuclear is included in all its communications about low-carbon power and energy sources, IMechE said.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-must-address-generation-gap-in-support-for-nucl

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today officially launched the next UN climate summit, joined by David Attenborough, the English broadcaster and natural historian, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at an event in central London. Johnson called on all nations to follow the lead the UK took last year in becoming the first country to make a legal commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Date: Wednesday, 05 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-launches-COP26-with-co-hosts-Italy

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was told today in a letter from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) that the UK had so far "fallen short" in its commitments to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC is the government's statutory adviser on how to achieve the UK's long-term goal of reaching net-zero carbon by 2050.

Date: Thursday, 19 December 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-must-step-up-climate-action-says-parliamentary

The UN climate talksĀ 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

The UK obtained 19% of its primary energy from low-carbon sources last year, with 39% of this from nuclear power, but this was 7% lower than in 2017 due to outages at Dungeness B and Hunterston B towards the end of 2018, official statistics published today show. Nuclear capacity was broadly the same as in 2017, at 9.3 GW.

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-remains-UKs-main-low-carbon-energy-source

The UK will seek an alternative agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if it fails to negotiate "some sort of relationship" with the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) during Brexit negotiations, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis told the House of Commons today. The government is from today holding a debate in the lower house of the British parliament on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) bill that it unveiled last week.

Date: Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-stresses-key-role-of-IAEA-during-Brexit-debate

New nuclear would not play a role in an independent Scotland, according to a white paper published by the Scottish government in November.

The current Scottish government is opposed to the building of any new nuclear power stations in Scotland and will phase out existing stations in Scotland over time, it said.

Scotland has four AGR reactors in operation at the Hunterston B and Torness sites, which are due to close in 2023. However, EDF Energy plans to extend the lifetime of the fleet for as long as it remains safe and cost effective to do so.

In an independent Scotland the decommissioning costs of Scotland's three non-operational sites (Dounreay, Hunterston A and Chapelcross) would continue to be met from the public purse. EDF Energy would meet the cost of decommissioning Hunterston B and Torness. Costs relating to nuclear decommissioning outside of Scotland would be for the government of the rest of UK to meet.

The Scottish Government said it plans to establish an Energy Partnership with Westminster, through which it will ensure that new investment in Scottish generation is not compromised by the Westminster Government's proposals to overhaul the structure of the electricity market and enter into expensive, long-term contracts for new nuclear generation.

The Scottish Government aims to generate the equivalent of 100% of electricity from renewables and thermal sources fitted with carbon capture and storage by 2020.

Date: Monday, 02 December 2013
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsindependent-scotland-would-phase-out-nuclear-power_4139286