Weekly News Roundup – Tuesday 11th January

We round up the recent news and updates from the world of Nuclear.

EU plans to mobilize EUR 500 billion for nuclear energy by 2050, by Balkan Green Energy News: “Existing nuclear power plants in the EU will require EUR 50 billion in investment by 2030 and EUR 500 billion is needed by 2050 for the new generation of such facilities, according to European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton. It translates to EUR 20 billion per year.”

Ian Funnell appointed as new Chair of the National Nuclear Laboratory, from “The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that Ian Funnell has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chair, succeeding Sir Andrew Mathews, whose second term as Chair ends on 25 January 2022.”

Czech Republic to end coal use by 2033, boost nuclear power, by ABC News: “The new Czech government aims to phase out coal in energy production by 2033 while increasing the country’s reliance on nuclear and renewable sources, its policy program published on Friday said. Coal-fired power plants currently generate almost 50% of total Czech electricity output.”

IAEA Releases First Guide Level Publication on Stakeholder Engagement in Nuclear Programmes, by IAEA: “To succeed, nuclear power and other nuclear projects need to engage with all relevant stakeholders, including the public. The IAEA has now released its first guide-level publication to support national efforts to engage with stakeholders throughout the life cycle of all nuclear facilities—from uranium mining and new and operating reactors to non-electric applications, radioactive waste management and decommissioning.”

Ukraine pushes for domestic uranium supply, by World Nuclear News: “A programme to make Ukraine self-sufficient in uranium by 2027 has been approved by the country’s cabinet. Nuclear power is planned for significant expansion beyond the 54% of electricity it already provides in Ukraine.”