NDA Signs Cooperation Arrangement With JAEA

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) joins forces with Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to share expertise in nuclear decommissioning and radioactive waste management

Dr Adrian Simper, NDA’s Strategy and Technology Director, and Hajime Ito, Executive Director Japan Atomic Energy Agency, signed the agreement

Dr Adrian Simper, NDA’s Strategy and Technology Director, and Hajime Ito, Executive Director Japan Atomic Energy Agency, signed the agreement

The NDA is responsible for cleaning up and decommissioning 17 nuclear sites across the UK, including the most complex UK nuclear site at Sellafield in west Cumbria.

JAEA is Japan’s research and development institute for nuclear energy, including radioactive waste management, decommissioning and remediation. JAEA’s work includes the decommissioning of the Monju fast breeder reactor and the Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP) as well as research and development to support the decommissioning and environmental restoration of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station (1F).

Implementation of the latest techniques and technologies from across the globe, and from other industries, is an essential part of the NDA carrying out is mission safely while delivering value for the UK taxpayer.

The new cooperation arrangement, which was signed in London on 18 September, builds on the collaborative relationship with JAEA to allow the exchange of skills, knowledge, research, information and technology between the NDA Group and JAEA. The arrangement will expand on previous arrangements, made in 2008, to include the decommissioning of Monju and TRP.

The NDA has developed an international reputation for its progress in tackling the radioactive hazards left as a legacy from the earliest days of the UK’s nuclear industry.

The NDA’s Strategy and Technology Director, Dr Adrian Simper, said:

The UK nuclear industry, its people, suppliers and its approach to decommissioning has a fantastic pedigree and the NDA is eager to share its expertise with other countries for mutual benefit in progressing our decommissioning and hazard reduction missions.

We have a long history of working closely alongside our Japanese counterparts – the continuation of this agreement is a natural progression of a long and productive relationship.

Qatar – Lord Mayor Of The City Of London’s Visit

Lord Mayor of London visits Qatar to boost financial and professional sector links

Lord Mayor Charles Bowman

Lord Mayor Charles Bowman

The Lord Mayor of London, an ambassador for the UK’s financial and professional services industry, is visiting Qatar at the head of a business delegation this week with the aim of strengthening trade links with the City of London.

Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor, will meet government and business leaders, regulators, and trade bodies in Doha in a visit focussed around deepening financial bonds between London and Qatar.

The Lord Mayor is keen to follow up during his visit on his meeting in London earlier this year with HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The Lord Mayor is expected to meet with the Minister of Finance, HE Ali Sherif Al Emandi, and the Governor of the Qatar Central Bank, HE Sheikh Abdulla bin Saoud Al Thani. The Lord Mayor’s visit will also include a tour of the Qatar Financial Centre.

Lord Mayor Bowman, the 690th incumbent of a role that dates back centuries, is the leader of London’s ‘Square Mile,’ or financial district, and has visited 27 countries over the course of his year in office. Charles Bowman is an accountant by profession and is a Senior Partner at PwC in London.

Accompanying the Lord Mayor on his visit to Qatar is a senior delegation of City of London figures, including Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen, and Paul Mason of QNB.

Commenting on his visit to Qatar, Charles Bowman, the Lord Mayor of London said:

When I was elected Lord Mayor I made clear that during my year in office representing the UK’s financial and professional services sector I wanted to visit the high-growth, dynamic countries of the GCC.

As a pro-business, open, and successful economy in the Gulf, Qatar represents a natural regional partner for British businesses looking to expand internationally.

I’m also looking forward to discussing with senior government and business representatives in Doha about how the UK and Qatar can partner to spur on mutual growth. Of particular interest are the fields of infrastructure and Islamic Finance, fintech, and asset management.

The UK and Qatar already have a strong trading relationship, but I’m sure our business relationships can still deepen and grow in the years to come.

Commenting on The Lord Mayor’s visit to Qatar, the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Mr Ajay Sharma said:

I am delighted that the Lord Mayor is visiting Qatar to discuss how we can deepen even further the UK/Qatar relationship in a number of important areas including financial and professional services. The Lord Mayor is keen to follow up on HH The Amir’s visit to the UK in July, where he met the Lord Mayor and senior business representatives. This visit will take forward the UK’s commitment to supporting Qatar deliver its 2030 National Vision and host a very successful 2022 World Cup.

The Lord Mayor’s visit will have a strong focus on innovation, and how financial and professional services can support the growth of start-ups in fields such as fintech.

The Lord Mayor is expected to speak at the Qatar British Business Forum to celebrate the success British and Qatari businesses have had in each other’s countries.


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Foreign Secretary Announces Additional UK Support For Victims Of Sexual Violence In Burma

Foreign Secretary begins two day visit for talks with Burmese leaders on the Rohingya crisis

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign Secretary begins two day visit for talks with Burmese leaders on the Rohingya crisis and announces additional UK support for victims of sexual violence in Burma.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today (19 September) arrive in Burma for a two day visit to the country, which will include talks with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday.

During his trip to Burma, Foreign Secretary Hunt will visit the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners to talk to human rights defenders and visit northern Rakhine, the area from which thousands of Rohingya have fled.

Speaking on the first day of his visit, Foreign Secretary Hunt announced additional support from the UK to gather evidence for the Rohingya victims who have suffered sexual violence from members of the Burmese military in Rakhine.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

“The United Nations fact-finding mission exposed terrible suffering in Burma, and in the face of such serious allegations, no country that considers itself humane can stand back and do nothing. We are determined to do all we can to provide security, dignity and justice to the victims. It will be a long journey, but it starts with their conditions right now.

“We have already provided counselling and psychological support to more than 10,000 women and deployed mid-wives to help provide care to over 53,000 women. Together with our international partners, we will increase our support for those who have been victim of these heinous acts. This will include additional deployment of the PSVI Team of Experts by the end of 2018, development of a code of conduct for gathering such evidence, support for an enhanced coordination mechanism, and more capacity building. We are also exploring options to increase psychosocial support.”

Before his visit to Burma Foreign Secretary Hunt held a meeting in London last week with representatives from the Rohingya community from Bradford where he heard stories of the persecution they had faced in Rakhine.

Shelter Response To Government Social Housing Announcement

Shelter UK

Shelter UK

  • Today the Prime Minister has announced £2bn for housing associations who enter strategic partnerships with Homes England from 2022 to 2028/9.
  • This is pre-announcing funding for the next Spending Review period. It is not extra homes or extra funding now.

Polly Neate, Shelter CEO, said: “There are over a million households on social housing waiting lists, and yet last year we built the lowest number of social homes at any point since the Second World War.

“This is why it’s good to see the Prime Minister today indicating the government is starting to get serious about correcting this historic failure.

“This must be the start and not the end. What we need now is more social homes actually being built as well as a big shift in attitude to start viewing social housing as a right for hard pressed families across the country.”



Swansea Receives £36 Million UK Government Funding For Its Clean Energy Tech Breakthrough

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is announcing new £36 million UK government funding for clean energy innovation in the construction sector

HM Treasury

HM Treasury

  • The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is announcing new £36 million UK government funding for clean energy innovation in the construction sector through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
  • The funding will go to a consortium led by Swansea University, which develops new building materials and coatings which generate electricity from light and heat.
  • This energy can be used to power homes, hospitals and schools, or be sold back to the national grid.

More than £36 million of UK government funding will be provided to Swansea to support cutting-edge building materials which generate electricity, the Chancellor has announced during a visit to Wales.

The green technology uses light and heat to make energy, and has the potential to power homes, workplaces, schools and hospitals. These materials could replace conventional walls, roofs and windows, generating electricity which is stored and released by a smart operating system. Excess electricity could also be sold back to the national grid.

Today’s announcement supports the government’s mission to at least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030: making buildings more energy efficient by embracing smart technologies will cut household energy bills, reduce the demand for energy, and boost the UK’s economic growth whilst meeting targets for carbon reduction.

On a visit to Swansea University, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said:

Swansea University and the innovative companies working with it are world-leaders in clean energy. The UK government is backing the industries of the future that will deliver jobs and opportunities across Wales. This £36 million new funding will support exciting green technology that could cut energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and create better homes and workspaces.

The funding, through the ‘Transforming Construction’ challenge of the government’s Industrial Strategy, will develop supply chains in the UK and give certainty to leading researchers and students, helping attract more investment and jobs to the local area.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark said:

This centre has the potential to transform how buildings use energy, turning them from energy consumers into power stations. This £36 million investment in clean energy innovation shows the UK continues to lead the way in cutting emissions while growing our economy.

We are putting our world-leading science and innovation sector at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and have set the ambitious target for investment in research and development to reach 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, said:

The UK government is committed to leading the world in delivering clean energy technology and this additional investment at Swansea University shows that we are prepared to support innovation in this critical area.

The cutting-edge research being developed at this institution is being translated into practical inventions and techniques that can improve our lives. It truly is science with a purpose.

Today’s funding announcement, on top of the £68 million commitment to Swansea University since 2010, will ensure that Wales and one of its most forward- thinking universities will play a key role in keeping the UK at the vanguard of innovation for years to come.

This new funding is part of the biggest increase in research and development (R&D) investment for 40 years, supporting high-value jobs in emerging industries. Since Autumn 2016, the government has invested an additional £7 billion in R&D – demonstrating clear progress towards the ambition to raise investment in R&D across the entire UK economy to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is delivering the funding for the new Centre. UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport said:

As we move towards a low-carbon economy, we need to explore more efficient ways of generating, conserving and using power and energy.

Active buildings, which integrate solar generation and storage technologies for electricity and heat within their construction, can help to achieve this. The Active Building Centre will work to remove barriers to the large-scale adoption of active buildings on new developments throughout the country.

The UK’s work in this field has been world-leading, and the Centre announced today is an important step towards realising the potential of low-carbon technologies.

Remaining at the forefront of next generation clean energy is a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, playing a key part in growing our national income while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Maximising the advantages for UK industry in clean growth, will increase our productivity, create good jobs, and help protect the climate and environment upon which we and future generations depend.

At the same time, the UK government continues its wider support for Wales. This includes:

  • As a result of the recent NHS announcement, the Welsh Government are expected to benefit from a £1.2 billion a year boost to their budget by 2023/24.
  • Autumn Budget 2017 provided a £1.2 million boost to the Welsh Government’s budget.
  • The UK government is investing £615 million for the Cardiff and Swansea City Deals and making progress on growth deals with North Wales and Mid-Wales.
  • The number of people in work in Wales is at a record high level and productivity growth in Wales is the 3rd strongest of all 12 UK regions and nations.

The final funding is subject to agreement of governance arrangements around the new centre.

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