Nuclear power makes a major contribution to meeting the UK’s energy security and carbon reduction objectives. The power generated by the current nuclear fleet avoids the emission of 49 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – the equivalent of taking around 75% of Britain’s cars off the roads.
Fifth Carbon Budget
The Government has decided to implement the Committee on Climate Change’s advice that the fifth carbon budget, for the five year period 2028 to 2032, should be set at 1,765m metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. A draft statutory instrument has been laid and will need to be approved by both Houses of Parliament. This keeps the UK on track to meet its long term climate change objective of reducing carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.