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People crying out for practical solutions to climate crisis, letter says Union leaders from across Europe have urged policymakers to choose nuclear power as they discuss how to accelerate the path to net zero at the UN Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

The leaders of 12 major unions representing workers in the nuclear sector said in an open letter that Cop26 is a chance for policymakers to choose emission-free energy, good jobs and sustainable prosperity – and that means choosing nuclear power as part of a balanced energy system.

They said too often, climate activism and discourse has ignored nuclear and muted the voice of the people who rely on it. “People are crying out for practical solutions to the climate crisis, ones that offer real hope in a green economy,” they wrote in the letter.

They said the nuclear issue is the subject of a political debate, but there is no scientific debate because every serious expert analysis confirms that the world needs nuclear to hit net zero.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/union-leaders-urge-leaders-to-include-nuclear-in-clean-energy-mix-11-1-2021

The latest report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) – “Achieving Net Zero Electricity Sectors in G7 Members” – released on 20 October, is designed to inform discussions at the November COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Date: Friday, 22 October 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-looks-at-the-role-of-g7-countries-in-achieving-net-zero-9172719

The PRISMAP network was recently launched which will see more than 20 European academic institutions and research centres pooling their knowledge, expertise and infrastructure to speed up the introduction of new medical radioisotopes. The network aims to provide a sustainable source of high-purity grade novel radionuclides for medical research.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/European-medical-isotope-network-launched

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

The US Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will load four new 3D-printed fuel assembly brackets at its Browns Ferry NPP in spring 2021, the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Nuclear Energy (ONE) announced.

Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstva-and-framatome-to-load-3d-printed-fuel-assembly-bracket-at-browns-ferry-8396074

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

As of 1 December, 186 used fuel assemblies have been transported from the old used nuclear fuel storage facility (ISF-1)  to the Interim Storage Facility 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 04 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshot-testing-continues-at-chernobyl-used-fuel-storage-8391557

The Iranian foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 22 November that a statement by France, Germany, and the UK (the E3) was “irresponsible”. He called on the E3 to fulfil their commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) under which Iran had agreed to limit its nuclear development programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-rejects-criticism-of-its-nuclear-activities-following-iaea-report-8376346

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that the first canister of used nuclear fuel had been loaded into the Interim Storage Facilty 2 (ISF-2) at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfirst-canister-of-used-fuel-loaded-at-chernobyl-storage-facility-8369174