Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
JRC to assess nuclear's inclusion in EU Taxonomy

JRC to assess nuclear's inclusion in EU Taxonomy

Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, has welcomed the European Commission's decision to appoint its Joint Research Centre as the group of experts that will assess nuclear under the sustainable finance taxonomy. However, the JRC will not submit its findings until next year, after the relevant acts have already been finalised.

Nuclear Policies 06 July 2020


NEA study sets scene for reducing nuclear costs

NEA study sets scene for reducing nuclear costs

Building new nuclear capacity does not need to be risky or expensive, a new report from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has found. The organisation has called for government action to support a rapid reduction in the costs of new nuclear capacity by creating policy frameworks that capture and apply the lessons learned and capabilities developed over recent years.

Nuclear Policies 03 July 2020


New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

New nuclear will ensure France's energy security, SFEN says

A failure to renew France's fleet of nuclear power reactors will have consequences as soon as 2030 for not only the country's energy security but also its climate targets, according to the French nuclear energy society (SFEN). Nuclear power plants, with a combined capacity of 62 GWe, currently account for more than 70% of the country's electricity generation.

Nuclear Policies 01 July 2020


UK industry presents nuclear roadmap to net-zero

UK industry presents nuclear roadmap to net-zero

Plans for a clean economic recovery and the goal of 'Net Zero by 2050' need commitment to new nuclear power plants, the UK’'s Nuclear Industry Association said today. Ahead of the Climate Change Committee's annual progress update due this week, the NIA has released Forty by ’50: A Nuclear Roadmap, an assessment produced for the government and industry body, the Nuclear Industry Council.

Nuclear Policies 24 June 2020


IAEA calls on Iran to meet safeguards obligations

IAEA calls on Iran to meet safeguards obligations

The International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors today adopted a resolution calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA's requests without further delay. The resolution, submitted by France, Germany and the UK, was adopted by a vote of 25 to 2 with 7 abstentions. The two objections were made by China and Russia.

Nuclear Policies 19 June 2020


IEA recovery plan proposes investment in nuclear

IEA recovery plan proposes investment in nuclear

Investing in existing nuclear power plants, new nuclear build and supporting innovation in small modular reactors are among measures set out to support a broad range of clean energy technologies in an energy-focused COVID-19 economic recovery plan released today by the International Energy Agency. Its emphasis for nuclear investment, however, is on existing plants rather than new power units.

Nuclear Policies 18 June 2020


Polish climate minister lists benefits of adopting nuclear

Polish climate minister lists benefits of adopting nuclear

Nuclear power will give Poland energy security, keep its rapid industrialisation cost-competitive and help it to achieve climate neutrality, Minister of Climate MichaƂ Kurtyka said during a Nuclear Energy Agency WebChat this week. In conversation with NEA Director General William Magwood, Kurtyka said Poland had long-coveted nuclear power and was looking forward to the many benefits it offers as the country plans a clean energy future.

Nuclear Policies 17 June 2020


US development bank proposes end to nuclear finance ban

US development bank proposes end to nuclear finance ban

The US International Development Finance Corporation has proposed policy changes that would remove a prohibition on it providing support for nuclear power projects. This would enable the DFC to offer financing for projects to deploy technologies such as small modular reactors in developing countries.
 

Nuclear Policies 11 June 2020


Foratom calls for harmonisation of EU supply chain

Foratom calls for harmonisation of EU supply chain

The European Commission should acknowledge the importance of harmonising the European nuclear supply chain and support EU Member States in reviewing their regulatory framework to enable the use of modern high-quality components manufactured for other industries, according to Foratom. The European nuclear trade body said a strong and harmonised European nuclear supply chain can also help the EU revive its economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nuclear Policies 10 June 2020


Nirab describes ways to include nuclear in UK’s net-zero policy

Nirab describes ways to include nuclear in UK’s net-zero policy

New cost-competitive nuclear power must make a significant contribution to meeting increased demand for low-carbon electricity, the Nuclear Innovation Research and Advisory Board says in a new report for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It would be prudent to plan for nuclear energy to provide at least half of the firm low-carbon electricity not provided by renewables, it says.

Nuclear Policies 10 June 2020