1. The heads of state of China and Russia jointly witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the China-Russia nuclear energy cooperation project

On May 19, President Xi Jinping witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant Unit 7 and 8 and the Xu Dabao Nuclear Power Plant through a video link in Beijing with Russian President Putin. Xi Jinping pointed out that the start of construction of the four nuclear power units is another major landmark achievement of China-Russia nuclear energy cooperation. (Source and reference: CCTV News,Xinhua News Agency micro-blog)


2. Mr. Wang Dazhong and Mr. Peng Shilu respectively won the title of National Highest Science and Technology Award and Model of the Times

On November 3, the 2020 National Science and Technology Awards Conference was grandly held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chairman Xi Jinping awarded the National Highest Science and Technology Award to Academician Wang Dazhong of Tsinghua University. Academician Wang Dazhong is an internationally renowned nuclear energy scientist, strategic scientist, and educator. On May 26, the Central Propaganda Department posthumously awarded Academician Peng Shilu as a "model of the times." Academician Peng Shilu not only made outstanding contributions to the successful development of my country's first nuclear submarine, but also led the development of my country's nuclear industry to achieve a historic leap. (Source and reference: Xinhua net, CCTV News)


3. The policy of active, safe and orderly development of nuclear power is included in the national medium and long-term development plan

On March 5, Premier Li Keqiang proposed in the government work report that nuclear power should be actively and orderly developed under the premise of ensuring safety. Since then, the policy of active, safe and orderly development of nuclear power has been included in the "Opinions on Complete, Accurate and Comprehensive Implementation of New Development Concepts and Carbon Neutrality" issued by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council, and the State Council issued the "Carbon Peaking Action by 2030 Plan" and other documents. This policy will become the guiding principle for my country's development of nuclear power for a period of time in the future. (Source and reference: Xinhua News Agency)


4. The two first reactors of "Hualong No. 1" were put into commercial operation respectively

Following the commercial operation of Hualong No. 1 first domestic reactor of Fuqing Nuclear Power Unit 5 on January 30, the first overseas reactor of “Hualong No. 1” Karachi Unit 2 was put into commercial operation on May 20. It marks that my country has ranked among the top in the world in the field of third-generation nuclear power technology and has become a country that truly masters independent third-generation nuclear power technology after the United States, France, Russia and other countries. (Source and reference: Xinhua News Agency, China News Net)


5. After 30 years of safe operation of the first nuclear power unit built by China, it was approved to operate for another 20 years

On December 15th, the first nuclear power plant built independently by China, the Qinshan 300 MW nuclear power unit, operated safely for 30 years. After approved by the National Nuclear Safety Administration and the National Energy Administration, the unit's operating license was approved to be renewed, and the validity period was extended to 2041, allowing safe power generation for another 20 years. The approval of the renewal of the operating license of this unit has a far-reaching impact on the promotion and improvement of the standard system for the renewal of operating licenses for nuclear power plants in China. (Source and reference: Guangming Net, China Energy Net)


6. National Science and Technology Major Project Shidao Bay High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Station Grid-connected Power Generation

On December 20, the first reactor of the Huaneng Shidao Bay High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration Project, a national science and technology major project, completed the initial load operation test evaluation of the generator and was successfully connected to the grid for the first time. Its success marks that the world's first pebble-bed modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactor with the characteristics of the fourth-generation advanced nuclear energy system has achieved a qualitative leap from "laboratory" to "engineering application" in China. This project is of great significance for promoting China's nuclear energy innovation and development and helping high-level technological self-reliance and self-improvement. (Source and reference: Xinhua net, China Huaneng)


7. Eight national departments jointly issued the "Medium and Long-term Development Plan for Medical Isotopes (2021-2035)"

On June 24, the National Atomic Energy Agency, together with seven departments including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, and the National Health Commission, issued the "Medium and Long-Term Development Plan for Medical Isotopes (2021-2035)". This is the first programmatic document issued by China for nuclear technology in the medical and health field, which is of great significance to improving the capability level of medical isotope-related industries and ensuring the implementation of the Healthy China Strategy. (Source and reference: CCTV Net)


8. Nuclear Heating at Haiyang NPP Demonstrates New Prospects for Comprehensive Utilization of Nuclear Energy

On November 9, the 4.5 million-square-meter project of the second phase of the National Energy Nuclear Heating Commercial Demonstration Project "Nuanhe No. 1" of State Power Investment Group Co., Ltd. was put into operation in Haiyang, Shandong ahead of schedule. The heating area covers the entire urban area of Haiyang, benefiting 200,000 residents. The heating cost of residential buildings in Haiyang City has been reduced by RMB 1 yuan per square meter compared with previous years. Therefore, Haiyang City, Shandong Province has become the first city with zero-carbon heating in China, which fully demonstrates the innovative achievements and new prospects of comprehensive utilization of nuclear energy in China. (Source: People's Daily Online, Dragon TV)


9.China General Nuclear Power Corporation Biodiversity Conservation Report grand release

On October 11, when the first phase of the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) opened in Kunming, China, the first domestic biodiversity conservation report based on natural capital accounting – “China General Nuclear Power Corporation Biodiversity Conservation Report” was officially released. The report shows that the total value of natural capital of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Base during the operation period from 1994 to 2019 was about 424.487 billion RMB yuan. (Source: China General Nuclear Power Corporation)


10.  China Nuclear Energy Association once again passed the national 5A-level social organization review

On March 4th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs announced the results of the 2019 national social organization evaluate grade results. With its standardized internal governance, excellent work performance and good social evaluation, the China Nuclear Energy Association passed the national 5A-level social organization evaluation, and the evaluation results ranked among top of the list. At the same time, after a strict review by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, CNEA entered the fourth batch of candidate units to be awarded the title of "National Advanced Social Organization" announced by the Ministry of Civil Affairs on December 20, 2021. (Source: China Nuclear Energy Association)