The UK has a long civil nuclear heritage dating back to the 1950’s and keeping low carbon, nuclear power at the centre of the UK’s energy mix is a key priority for the NIA, and for years the NIA has worked with its members to showcase the importance of the UK’s nuclear industry.
The industry has a long track record in delivering investment and creating jobs across the UK. The UK’s nuclear supply chain has capabilities across the supply chain and is regaining its place at the top table of the multibillion pound export market.
In this section of the website we set out the UK’s experience across the industry covering new build, operations, decommissioning and much more. In each of the areas of the industry displayed below you can also explore the work we are doing with our members to draw up policy proposals designed to maintain the UK’s nuclear industry position as a vital sector for the country.
Nuclear has provided the UK with electricity for more than 60 years. There are currently eight operating nuclear sites across the country providing 21% of the UK’s electricity.
There is an urgent need to invest in low-carbon infrastructure in the UK as much of the current electricity generation capacity will close by 2030, including a substantial amount of the UK’s nuclear sites.
The UK’s first generation of nuclear power stations and early research facilities have left a legacy which requires management and as a result the UK has a challenging portfolio to decommission.
Producing electricity with nuclear energy creates nuclear waste. However, most of our waste comes from the previous generation of nuclear power stations and early nuclear research.
With operations and decommissioning work ongoing as well as the new build programme there is potential for UK companies to secure tens of billions of pounds, creating jobs and revitalising skills.
Nuclear is a truly global industry with opportunities across experienced and emerging markets. The UK industry has the skills and capability to capture shares in these multi-billion pound markets.
With the average age of an engineer in the UK at 54, there is a looming skills gap and the nuclear sector needs to attract young people with the right skills.
The nuclear industry drives innovation. Small modular reactors are in development, other reactors that will run on plutonium as well as a drive towards nuclear fusion.
There are many ways you can get involved with the NIA and make the most of your membership to meet the right people across the industry
Attending a Business Group meeting will help you meet the right people and grow your business. Find out more about the groups.
Make sure your details are up to date in the NIA’s unique nuclear Trade Directory, which gives you access to the contact details for key decision makers across the industry.
Make sure we have the right contact details for people across the business to send a comprehensive round up of industry news.
As a member you can send press releases to promote latest developments in the NIA member news feed, through our social media platforms as well as to Industry Link, our quarterly membership magazine.