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The UK's Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has welcomed the government's confirmation yesterday that nuclear power will play a role in achieving the country's net zero by 2050 target, but says clarity is still needed on large-scale projects. In its Ten Point Plan, the government refers to such support as being "subject to value-for-money".

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
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Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, today reiterated that all clean technologies, including nuclear, will be needed for a low-carbon economic recovery, while Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission, stressed that the Commission “would not stand in the way” of EU Member States that support nuclear power. Timmermans was speaking as Birol's guest in the latest edition of the IEA's Big Ideas speaker series

Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020
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Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
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The UK has today become the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced.

Date: Thursday, 27 June 2019
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National Grid, which owns and operates the electricity transmission network in England and Wales, has forecast that, in 2019, more of Britain's power will be generated from zero-carbon sources than from fossil fuels for the first time since the Industrial Revolution.

Date: Friday, 21 June 2019
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Nuclear AMRC Midlands, a new research and innovation centre is opening n the iHub at Infinity Park, Derby to support manufacturers across the region.
The new centre is a significant expansion of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, part of the UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
Around 150 regional manufacturers and stakeholders were invited to the launch event at the iHub on Wednesday 13 February, visit the new workshops, and join speakers from industry and government to discuss the challenges facing manufacturers of all sizes.
Andrew Storer, chief executive officer of the Nuclear AMRC, said the new facility gives "an incredible opportunity" to work with manufacturers of all sizes operating in the most economically important industries across the Midlands.
"As well as helping companies win work in nuclear, the technologies we are developing can tackle the manufacturing challenges in automotive, rail, aerospace, renewable energy and many other high-value sectors," Storer said.
"We have already helped dozens of Midlands-based manufacturers become Fit For Nuclear through our supply chain development programme, and want to collaborate with even more to support their ambitions to innovate and win work at home and worldwide."
The UK's Minister for nuclear energy Richard Harrington welcomed the agreement. He said: "Derby is famous for setting in motion Britain's Industrial Revolution with some of the country’s first factories and spinning mills. Now, as part of our modern Industrial Strategy, this new centre of cutting-edge nuclear technology will help to boost local jobs, growth and expertise."
The new facility is a collaboration between the Nuclear AMRC, Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
Nuclear AMRC Midlands will initially be based in two workshops and two office suites within iHub. The workshops will act as "flexible incubators" for new manufacturing technologies, operating at an earlier level of manufacturing readiness than the Nuclear AMRC's other facilities in Rotherham and Birkenhead, and exploring new technology areas including electrical controls and instrumentation.

Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
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The role nuclear power plays in the fight against climate change should be made "clear, accessible and palatable for all", Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan told delegates at the International Atomic Energy Agency's Scientific Forum held in Vienna on 18 September. Princess Sumaya is president of the Royal Scientific Society, a Jordanian applied research institution, consultation and technical service provider. The theme of this year's forum was 'Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation'. The following is the text of her speech.

Date: Friday, 21 September 2018
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