Climate Change Committee says nuclear ramp up will strengthen energy security

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Responding to the Climate Change Committee’s 2022 report to Parliament on progress in reducing emissions, the UK Nuclear Industry Association’s Chief Executive, Tom Greatrex, said:  

“The CCC is clear that delivering new nuclear projects, both large and small, alongside renewables is the best way to strengthen energy security and reduce Britain’s reliance on gas.

“The recent rise in emissions from electricity generation, coupled with increased imported power, shows the urgency needed to ramp up capacity and deliver the government’s 24GW target of nuclear by 2050.”



  • The UK has six generating (6.9 GW) nuclear power stations, providing around 16% of the country’s electricity.
  • Nuclear power has saved the UK 2.32 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, far more than any other source. The saving is equivalent to all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
  • Three stations will retire by March 2024, and all but one will retire by 2030.
  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) confirms that nuclear has the lowest lifecycle carbon of all technologies and the lowest land use and lowest mining and metal use of all low carbon technologies.

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