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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference, with Kwasi Kwarteng replacing Sharma as secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The COP26 president will be based in the Cabinet Office, continuing as a full member of Cabinet, and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee to coordinate government action towards net zero by 2050 in the run up to COP26, which will be held in Glasgow this November.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-makes-COP26-president-a-full-time-role

UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he looks forward to “a year of delivery” in 2021, following the publication of the Energy White Paper on 14 December. In an interview with Chris Lambert, director of the Westminster Energy Forum (WEF), Kwarteng explained some of the ministerial thinking behind the White Paper and provided further background on the government’s strategy for reaching net-zero by 2050.

Date: Saturday, 09 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-stands-out-as-clean-dispatchable-firm-powe

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey has been deferred for a second time, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-agrees-to-further-deferral-of-Wylfa-planning-de

The UK Government has confirmed it will enter advanced negotiations with EDF on Sizewell, as it released it Energy White Paper.

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-to-start-talks-on-sizewell-c-as-energy-white-paper-released-8408453

The UK government has identified nuclear power as a way to help the country achieve the four-fold increase in clean electricity generation needed to achieve its net zero target. Its long-awaited Energy White Paper published today notes that renewables now account for over one-third of electricity generation, up from 7% in 2010, but "building on this foundation" the country "needs to go further".

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-confirms-status-of-nuclear-as-clean-energy

The UK government has called on local communities across the country to put forward proposals to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant. Today's announcement follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the UK’s ambition to be the first country in the world to commercialise fusion energy technology.

Date: Thursday, 03 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-seeks-host-community-for-STEP-fusion-plant

The experience of the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the crucial role of electricity in our lives but will also spur a transformation, with society being more outspoken in its demands for forceful action against climate change and threats to biodiversity, Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and CEO of EDF, said during today's plenary session of the Global Impact Conference - Energy for Impact.

Date: Thursday, 03 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Levy-Biodiversity-deeply-relevant-to-climate-chang

The UK Treasury has released two documents relevant to future UK policy on nuclear power development.

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsuk-government-changes-its-stance-on-nuclear-development-8384701

Public financing for nuclear under consideration The UK government has released a national infrastructure strategy paper which confirms earlier plans to invest in nuclear power as a way to put the UK on the path to meeting its net zero emissions target by 2050.

The strategy aims to deliver an “infrastructure revolution”, defined as “a radical improvement” in the quality of the UK’s infrastructure and will also seek to “address the long-term issues that have held back UK infrastructure.”

The paper outlines four focus areas: levelling up communities across the UK through investment in rural areas, towns and cities; the government will continue to decarbonise the UK’s power, heat and transport networks and take steps to adapt to the risks posed by climate change; boost private investor confidence to take part in infrastructure projects; and take steps to improve the procurement and planning of such projects.

According to the strategy, nuclear power has long played an important role in UK power generation and will continue to do so under the condition it can be delivered on time and within budget.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-plans-recognise-role-of-nuclear-in-reaching-climate-goals-11-4-2020

The UK Treasury said yesterday it is important to consider large-scale nuclear projects in addition to Hinkley Point C (HPC) if the country is to meet its net-zero by 2050 target. This assessment rejects the advice of the National Infrastructure Commission two years ago that the government should not agree support for more than one nuclear power station beyond HPC, before 2025.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-Treasury-underscores-value-of-new-nuclear