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Ministers’ decision to sign letter to European commission ‘regrettable’ Spain is planning to shut all its nuclear power plants by 2035. Excluding nuclear power from Europe’s sustainable finance taxonomy could compromise funding for nuclear generation in Spain and endanger the continuity of reactor operations during the country’s planned energy transition up to 2035, Madrid-based Foro Nuclear said.

The Madrid-based industry group’s comments followed the government’s decision to sign a letter asking for nuclear power to be excluded from the taxonomy. Foro Nuclear said this decision was “regrettable”.

The letter, addressed to the European commission, was signed by two Spanish ministers along with ministers from Germany, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg – four countries that have no nuclear energy or, in Germany’s case, have decided to phase it out.

Spain has decided to phase out its fleet of seven commercial nuclear reactors by 2035, but a May 2021 International Energy Agency report warned this might not be straightforward.

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
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After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, global electricity demand will increase by 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, almost half of this increase will be from fossil fuels - notably coal - threatening to push CO2 emissions from the power sector to record levels in 2022. Nuclear power generation is forecast to grow by around 1% in 2021 and by 2% in 2022.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
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Russia’s Kaliningrad plant is among options Image Courtesy Flickr/Lukas Plewnia. Poland’s fourth largest electricity producer and operator of four coal-fired power plants ZE PAK might be interested to invest in the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland and overseas as a way to transition away from fossil fuel generation, the Polsat broadcasting media reported.

"ZE PAK is considering many options, including participation in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland from scratch, which will most likely take many years”, said Tomasz Matwiejczuk, a spokesman for Polish billionaire Zygmunt Solorz, majority shareholder of ZE PAK and Polsat.

"Another option could be a capital investment in foreign assets, with one of the options analysed being a potential investment together with other reputable and experienced partners in the nuclear power plant already under construction in [Russia’s] Kaliningrad district”, Mr Matwiejczuk said according to Polsat.

Date: Saturday, 10 July 2021
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Letter says EC needs be ‘brave’ against opposition A group of 87 members of European Parliament (MEPs) signed a letter sent this morning to European commissioners calling on Brussels policy makers to include nuclear energy in the European Union’s sustainable finance taxonomy.

The letter said that reports by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and two other expert groups “with expertise in environmental science” have shown that nuclear qualified as sustainable and does no more harm to human health or to the environment than other energy production sources already included in the bloc’s taxonomy.

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

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has informed the agency's Board of Governors that Iran intends to use indigenously-produced uranium enriched up to 20% U-235 in the manufacture of fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR), an IAEA spokesperson told World Nuclear News today. In doing so, as part of a multi-stage process, Iran will also produce uranium metal enriched up to 20% U-235.

Date: Thursday, 08 July 2021
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A group of five EU member states led by Germany have sent a letter to the European Commission (EC) asking for nuclear energy to be kept out of the EU’s green finance taxonomy.

Date: Tuesday, 06 July 2021
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Nuclear energy has been excluded from the UK government's Green Financing Framework, while several EU Member States have written to the European Commission to oppose nuclear's inclusion in the bloc's green taxonomy.

Date: Saturday, 03 July 2021
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the US administration "to lift or waive" all sanctions on Iran as agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). In a report to the UN Security Council, Guterres also appealed to Iran to return to full implementation of the nuclear deal it agreed six years ago with the USA, France, the UK, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union. In addition, he urged the USA to "extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects".

Date: Friday, 02 July 2021
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A new technology using drones is set to be deployed for the remote monitoring of radiation measurements at former uranium mining and processing areas in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with gamma spectrometers have been developed by a German consortium in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Friday, 02 July 2021
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