Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
USA to assist Estonia in nuclear capacity building

USA to assist Estonia in nuclear capacity building

The USA and Estonia have agreed to cooperate under the US Department of State's Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology capacity-building programme.

Nuclear Policies 25 January 2022


IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts

IEA praises Canada clean energy transition efforts

Canada's electricity system is amongst the cleanest in the world, thanks to hydro and nuclear power, a policy review by the International Energy Agency has found. Launching the report on 13 January, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol praised Canada's leadership in the development of small modular reactors and expressed the agency's support for the Canadian government's "ambitious" clean energy transition.

Nuclear Policies 14 January 2022


EU needs 'colossal' investment in new nuclear, says commissioner

EU needs 'colossal' investment in new nuclear, says commissioner

Investment in nuclear power totalling around EUR500 billion (USD565 billion) by 2050 will be needed if the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality is to be hit, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton has said in an interview with France’s Le Journal du Dimanche.

Nuclear Policies 10 January 2022


Three German reactors cease operation

Three German reactors cease operation

The Brokdorf, Grohnde and Gundremmingen C nuclear power plants were permanently shut down on 31 December in compliance with Germany's nuclear phase-out policy. The move leaves three reactors in operation, which are scheduled to be taken offline by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 04 January 2022


Belgian government confirms closure plans, looks to SMRs

Belgian government confirms closure plans, looks to SMRs

Belgium's coalition government today said it has agreed to close its existing nuclear power plants by 2025, although it has left open the possibility to keep two units in operation beyond that if energy supplies cannot otherwise be assured. It will also continue to invest in nuclear technology research, including small modular reactors.

Nuclear Policies 23 December 2021


Nuclear makes a comeback in the Netherlands

Nuclear makes a comeback in the Netherlands

The Netherlands' new coalition government has placed nuclear power at the heart of its climate and energy policy. Some EUR500 million (USD564 million) has been earmarked to support new nuclear build in the period to 2025.

Nuclear Policies 15 December 2021


Polish support for nuclear on a high

Polish support for nuclear on a high

Support for nuclear energy in Poland is overwhelming with 78% of people supporting the technology as a response to climate change, according to opinion polling. It comes as the country experiences a series of developments towards nuclear deployment.

Nuclear Policies 15 December 2021


France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

France may need to postpone reactor closures, says IEA

The French government will need to take important decisions to ensure the country gets on track to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal, particularly in terms of plans to modernise its nuclear power fleet, according to the International Energy Agency. It said the country may need to delay the planned closure of its 12 oldest reactors by 2035 in order to ensure sufficient supply due to the slow pace of growth in renewable energy.

Nuclear Policies 01 December 2021


V4 countries reiterate support for nuclear

V4 countries reiterate support for nuclear

Ministers from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland (the Visegrad 4) met in Paks and agreed: "Without nuclear power it will not be possible to achieve the goals of climate neutrality." They called on the European Commission to approve its inclusion in the taxonomy of sustainable investments.

Nuclear Policies 19 November 2021


Nuclear-supporting infrastructure bill becomes US law

Nuclear-supporting infrastructure bill becomes US law

US President Joe Biden yesterday signed into law the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal). The USD1.2 trillion package is a key part of the president's Build Back Better agenda and contains a total of more than USD62 billion for the US Department of Energy to deliver a "more equitable clean energy future", including preventing the premature retirement of existing nuclear plants and investing in advanced nuclear projects.

Nuclear Policies 16 November 2021