Creating a zero carbon future is the great challenge of our time.

A net zero carbon economy is a necessity if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Getting there will require much more low carbon power, especially as heat and transport will be electric.

Nuclear is a low carbon source of power, and has been essential in driving down emissions so far – nearly half of all low carbon energy comes from nuclear.

But to reach net zero, we need to produce much more low carbon power, and we need to do it now.

Nuclear, alongside renewables, must become the backbone of the energy system.

Net zero needs nuclear.

It’s time to Rediscover Nuclear.

Nuclear is low carbon

Nuclear is one of the lowest carbon sources of energy.

Nuclear releases no greenhouse gases from operation, and over their full l...

Nuclear is one of the lowest carbon sources of energy.

Nuclear releases no greenhouse gases from operation, and over their full l...

Nuclear is one of the lowest carbon sources of energy.

Nuclear releases no greenhouse gases from operation, and over their full lifetime have the same emissions as wind power, half the emissions of hydro power and a quarter of solar emissions.

Nuclear also requires less land space than other technologies. Hinkley Point C covers 430 acres to power six million homes, whereas wind power would need an area hundreds of times larger to create as much energy. Less land used means more land is available for other uses to combat climate change.

There is no other source of energy which creates as much energy, produces so few emissions and uses so little land.

 

Why net zero needs nuclear

Achieving a net zero carbon economy means we need to decarbonise all aspects of the economy⁠—including heating, transport and heavy...

Achieving a net zero carbon economy means we need to decarbonise all aspects of the economy⁠—including heating, transport and heavy...

Achieving a net zero carbon economy means we need to decarbonise all aspects of the economy⁠—including heating, transport and heavy industry.

Switching to electric cars and replacing gas boilers will require a lot more electricity.

According to the Committee on Climate Change, the UK will need to double its electricity generation by 2050.

That means much more generation from all low carbon sources, both renewables and nuclear.

We need to act now to make net zero a reality⁠—and as a proven, low carbon source of energy, nuclear must be part of the answer.

How nuclear has reduced emissions so far

Nuclear has played a major role in reducing emissions to date.

Emissions today are 38% smaller than in 1990 and a cleaner energy m...

Nuclear has played a major role in reducing emissions to date.

Emissions today are 38% smaller than in 1990 and a cleaner energy m...

Nuclear has played a major role in reducing emissions to date.

Emissions today are 38% smaller than in 1990 and a cleaner energy mix has been a huge reason for that fall.

Nuclear has been the biggest source of low carbon energy throughout this period.

To give an example of nuclear’s impact, in 2016, nuclear energy avoided 22.7 million tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to taking 1 in 3 cars off the road.

Rediscover more about why net zero needs nuclear.

 

Nuclear has led the way in cutting emissions

As of 2019, nuclear is 37% of all low carbon power, more than any other single sector.

If we are going to create a zero carbon future, then we will need much more low carbon power.

That means more nuclear power.

See more information about nuclear’s role in delivering decarbonisation opposite.

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