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The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) ended in Dubai with a lengthy agreement unanimously adopted by all parties calling for a transitioning away from fossil fuels and an acceleration of zero- and low-emission technologies. Although nuclear was included, it was mentioned just once in paragraph 28, sub-section (e) of the 197-paragraph text.

Date: Friday, 15 December 2023
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The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) has ended in Dubai with a Global Stocktake - unanimously agreed by all parties - calling for a transitioning away from fossil fuels and an acceleration of zero- and low-emission technologies, including nuclear.

Date: Thursday, 14 December 2023
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At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the original 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), 22 countries signed a declaration supporting tripling nuclear energy capacity by 2050. The document was signed by the heads of state, or senior officials, from Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. China and Russia did not sign, although they have the world’s fastest growing and most ambitious nuclear power programmes.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
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Japan, the UK, Canada, the US and France have agreed to co-operate to reduce dependence on Russia as a supplier of nuclear materials and technology. Their statement was issued at the Nuclear Energy Forum being held in Japan’s Sapporo alongside the meeting of Group of Seven (G7) ministers on climate, energy and environment. It was published on the UK government website.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
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Regional authorities confirm that the six-unit facility in southeast Ukraine has been seized by Russian forces The fire broke out in a training building outside the station in the early hours of Friday, after being shelled by Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities said.

What is the significance of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station?

Date: Saturday, 05 March 2022
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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
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Major trade unions in 10 European countries have again urged the European commission to include nuclear energy in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy by promulgating delegated act that would allow the technology to compete with other low-emissions energy sources.

The commission decided not to include nuclear energy in the sustainable finance taxonomy, which entered into force last summer, but said it would include it under a complementary delegated act in 2021. The act would include the technical screening criteria for determining the conditions under which nuclear could qualify as contributing to sustainability and climate change mitigation.

The taxonomy is a package of regulations that governs investment in activities that the EU says are environmentally friendly.

Date: Friday, 30 July 2021
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Igor Matovič said he expects support on the issue from France. Courtesy prime minister of Slovakia/Facebook. Slovakia’s prime minister Igor Matovič intends to set up an alliance of countries using nuclear energy in the European Union, the Slovak newspaper Pravda reported.

“I would like to form an alliance of countries that use nuclear energy. I want us to ensure that nuclear energy is seen as a cross between a source of clean energy and fossil fuels,” Mr Matovič said.

He said he wants to open up the topic with the bloc because there is a big difference when there is a country that has no electricity generated by nuclear power and everything comes from fossil fuels, and then there is a country like us that has plus or minus half the electricity from nuclear power plants. We pretend that nuclear power is as dirty as coal. That is not fair to me,” Mr Matovič said.

He said he expects support on the issue from France, which has a significant domestic nuclear energy industry and a fleet of 56 commercial nuclear reactors, the second highest number in the world behind the US.

Date: Saturday, 10 October 2020
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