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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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfive-g7-nations-aim-to-cut-dependence-on-russian-nuclear-technology-10770200

Group of Seven (G7) energy and environment ministers, following a two-day meeting in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, issued a 36-page communique laying out their commitments ahead of a G7 summit in Hiroshima in May. The detailed statement covered sections on environment, climate and energy. It reaffirmed a commitment to accelerating the clean energy transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. “We call on and will work with other countries to end new unabated coal-fired power generation projects globally as soon as possible to accelerate the clean energy transition in a just manner,” the statement says, stipulating that countries should rely on “predominantly” clean energy by 2035.

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsg7-ministers-reaffirm-net-zero-targets-condemn-russia-and-offer-only-qualified-support-for-nuclear-10770194

Italy is a steadfast partner in the challenges facing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today with a long history of achievements in the nuclear field, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi commented, as he travelled to Rome. During his two-day visit, Grossi met with Italy’s President and Foreign Minister, as well as with Pope Francis. Discussions covered a variety of issues including nuclear safety and security in Ukraine, nuclear non-proliferation, and the role of nuclear science and technology in combating climate change.

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-holds-talks-with-italian-leaders-and-pope-francis-10523617

Even oil-rich companies of Middle East are eying reactors, as more nations announce plans for SMRs Russian troops occupied the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station, which was damaged by shelling. File photo courtesy IAEA. 2022 was a year of mega milestones for nuclear energy.

Countries around the world turned to nuclear as a reliable low-carbon energy source as they looked for ways to wean themselves off Russian imports and lower carbon emissions.

New plants began operating, deals for small modular reactors were signed and countries announced ambitious plans for new-build.

On the political front, US president Joe Biden signed into law new legislation that will help to finance struggling nuclear reactors and could save dozens from being shut down early. In Europe, the nuclear industry celebrated when members of the European parliament decided to “follow the science” and support legislation which includes nuclear in the bloc’s sustainable finance taxonomy for green investment.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/five-major-developments-that-are-setting-the-stage-for-2023-and-beyond-1-1-2023

In a wide ranging interview for the World Nuclear News podcast, Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel explained: Why the time was right for the Westinghouse deal How Russia's war with Ukraine has led to 'bifurcation' of the nuclear sector Explained Cameco's long-term strategy Looks ahead at the impact of new technologies, including SMRs How nuclear will need to play a key role in getting to net-zero

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Quotes-Cameco-s-Tim-Gitzel-WNN-podcast-on-nucle

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Framatome and Exelon Generation will see the two companies work towards the production of cobalt-60 (Co-60) in pressurised water reactors (PWRs) for medical and industrial uses.

Date: Thursday, 06 January 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-and-Exelon-to-explore-Co-60-production

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said on 2 December that it will work together with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy to deploy a small modular reactor (SMR) at the Darlington new nuclear site. The GE Hitachi BWRX-300 was one of three SMR designs that were under consideration for deployment at Darlington. The others were Terrestrial Energy's Integrated Molten Salt Reactor and X-energy's Xe-100 high-temperature gas-cooled reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 07 December 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopg-selects-bwrx-300-smr-for-darlington-project--9300848

“The issue of energy transition is now at the heart of political, economic and societal debates to move towards carbon neutrality in 2050”, said Sylvie Bermann, president of the World Nuclear Exhibition. The fourth edition of the World Nuclear Exhibition (WNE) starting on 30 November in Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, will focus on the role of the nuclear industry as a key partner in the global energy transition, contributing to “a low-carbon society in a responsible future”, the event organisers said.

WNE 2021, organised by the French nuclear industry group Gifen, will be held between 30 November and 2 December and is expected to attract 18,000 participants from 65 countries. Among those more than 600 will be exhibitors – with about a third from overseas.

“The issue of energy transition is now at the heart of political, economic and societal debates to move towards carbon neutrality in 2050”, Sylvie Bermann, WNE’s president, told NucNet.

“By choosing ‘The nuclear industry, a key player for a low-carbon society and a responsible future’ as the theme for this year’s event, we wanted to highlight the major role that the nuclear industry is playing and must continue to play in the fight against climate change,” she said.

Date: Saturday, 20 November 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/focus-is-on-nuclear-industry-as-key-partner-in-energy-transition-11-5-2021

The first of two community partnerships has been formed in Copeland, Cumbria, UK, to take forward discussions around siting a geological disposal facility (GDF) for high-level radioactive waste. The move comes a year after an initial Copeland Working Group was established. A second partnership is expected to be formed soon in neighbouring South Copeland.

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/First-Community-Partnership-established-in-Cumbria