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Call for prompt launch of Great British Nuclear

Call for prompt launch of Great British Nuclear

The UK government should urgently launch a fully-funded Great British Nuclear programme to tackle the country's energy crisis, according to an open letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak from a trade union, nuclear industry representatives and a group of politicians.

Nuclear Policies 30 January 2023


French Senate adopts bill on accelerating nuclear new build

French Senate adopts bill on accelerating nuclear new build

The French Senate has overwhelmingly approved a draft bill aimed at accelerating procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing facilities. The bill was adopted in its first reading in the Senate, with 239 votes in favour and 16 against. 

Nuclear Policies 25 January 2023


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NIA report urges DOE focus on commercialisation of advanced nuclear tech

NIA report urges DOE focus on commercialisation of advanced nuclear tech

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance has set out its proposals for ways the US Department of Energy can do more to help to commercialise advanced nuclear technologies.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2023


Bulgaria energy strategy includes four new nuclear reactors

Bulgaria energy strategy includes four new nuclear reactors

Energy minister Rossen Hristov has set out an energy strategy for 2023 to 2053 for Bulgaria, which includes plans for two new reactors at Kozloduy and two at Belene.

New Nuclear 19 January 2023


French bill on accelerating nuclear new build progresses to Senate

French bill on accelerating nuclear new build progresses to Senate

The French Senate has begun discussing a bill aimed at accelerating procedures related to the construction of new nuclear facilities near existing nuclear sites and to the operation of existing facilities. In February last year, President Emmanuel Macron proposed the construction of six new EPR2 reactors, with an option for a further eight EPR2 reactors to follow.

Nuclear Policies 17 January 2023


UK must act on nuclear to meet net-zero aims, review finds

UK must act on nuclear to meet net-zero aims, review finds

Investment in new nuclear is "a no-regrets option", according to an independent review of the UK government's approach to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Its report makes a number of recommendations for the government to meet its Net Zero Strategy, released in October 2021, in which new nuclear plays a significant part.

Energy & Environment 13 January 2023


South Korea increases expected contribution of nuclear power

South Korea increases expected contribution of nuclear power

Nuclear energy will account for 34.6% of South Korea's electricity generation by 2036, compared with 27.4% in 2021, according to the latest plan finalised by the country's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

Nuclear Policies 12 January 2023


Changes to Swedish law proposed to enable nuclear new build

Changes to Swedish law proposed to enable nuclear new build

A proposal to amend Sweden's legislation on nuclear power has been presented by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson and Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari. The proposed changes would remove the current law limiting the number of reactors in operation to ten, as well as allowing reactors to be built on new plant sites, rather than just existing sites.

Nuclear Policies 12 January 2023


Accord reached on extending operation of Belgian units

Accord reached on extending operation of Belgian units

French utility Engie and the Belgian federal government have signed an agreement with a view to restarting the Doel 4 and Tihange 3 nuclear power reactors in 2026 and operating them for a further ten years. Both units are currently scheduled to be shut down in 2025.

Nuclear Policies 10 January 2023


Japan adopts plan to maximise use of nuclear energy

Japan adopts plan to maximise use of nuclear energy

The Japanese government has adopted a plan to extend the operation of existing nuclear power reactors and replace aging facilities with new advanced ones. The move is part of a policy that addresses global fuel shortages following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Nuclear Policies 23 December 2022