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The UK nuclear insurance pool has expanded its capacity to EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billion), which will provide the "insurance certainty" to allow the nuclear sector to support the net zero transition, London-based Nuclear Risk Insurers (NRI) said yesterday. It has finalised its position on covering the extensions of liability created as part of the 2004 Protocol Amendment to the Paris Convention which comes into force on 1 January 2022.

Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-nuclear-insurers-provide-certainty-to-support-d

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on 6 October released a new report, “Small Modular Reactors in the Australian Context”, which offers an overview of SMRs, their potential role in Australia and likely operating costs.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsminerals-council-of-australia-looks-at-smrs-9138244

In his column for Zeit online on 10 August, Theo Sommer, the respected editor-at-large at Die Zeit, said Germany still needs nuclear power. He asks: “Will the lights go out in Germany in 2023 because we are no longer producing enough electricity?” He says German electricity consumption is currently around 580TWh per year, while the Federal Economy Ministry estimates that demand will increase by 15% to 645 to 665TWh in 2030.

Date: Friday, 13 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrespected-german-intellectual-pleads-for-nuclear-8991276

Rolls Royce on 17 June launched its report, “Leading the Transition to Net Zero Carbon” setting out its near-term actions to achieve net zero by 2050 at the latest. “Our pathway shows how we will focus our technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling significant elements of the global economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, and power generation,” the company said. “This includes the development of new technologies, enabling an accelerated take-up of sustainable fuels and driving step-change improvements in efficiency.”

Date: Thursday, 24 June 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrolls-royce-launches-net-zero-pathway-8843705

Poland's Council of Ministers yesterday approved an energy policy to 2040 (PEP2040) that aims to reduce the share of coal in the country's electricity generation mix from 72% in 2020 to 56% in 2030. The policy includes construction of six nuclear power units.

Date: Thursday, 04 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Poland-approves-2040-energy-policy

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 01 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/The-barrier-to-nuclear-is-perception,-says-panel

A failure to renew France's fleet of nuclear power reactors will have consequences as soon as 2030 for not only the country's energy security but also its climate targets, according to the French nuclear energy society (SFEN). Nuclear power plants, with a combined capacity of 62 GWe, currently account for more than 70% of the country's electricity generation.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/New-nuclear-will-ensure-Frances-energy-security-SF

The UK Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has released a new report - “Forty by ’50: The Nuclear Roadmap,” setting out plans for a clean economic recovery and the goal of Net Zero by 2050.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-nia-report-sets-out-plans-for-clean-economic-recovery-7994315

The power sector supports the European Commission's goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the EU economy by 2050, the association of European electricity generators, Eurelectric, said. However, it has called for six "critical enablers" to be put in place to achieve this.

Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Eurelectric-calls-for-energy-transition-enablers

The International Energy Agency’s recent workshop Nuclear Power in a Clean Energy System was "extremely timely and important" because "time is of the essence if we are to successfully decarbonise our economies", Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of EDF, said in a special address to participants in the meeting. The following is the text of his speech on 25 February.

Date: Monday, 20 May 2019
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Speech-Nuclear-needed-to-decarbonise-economies