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Discussion needed now to avoid disruption to nuclear markets

02 May 2017

 

Commenting on the BEIS Committee report, Leaving the EU: Negotiation priorities for Energy and Climate Change, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said:

“The UK nuclear industry has made it crystal clear to the Government that it needs to be working on replacement arrangements for Euratom and discussing a transitional period now, to prevent the cliff edge the Select Committee’s report warns against.

“The BEIS Committee, and today’s House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report, makes a number of sensible, pragmatic and realistic recommendations to prevent disruption, which the NIA welcomes.

“The Government needs to take those on board and get on with serious discussion to ensure robust alternative arrangements are set up, in a realistic timeframe, to minimise disruption to the UK’s nuclear industry both at home and in European markets. This extends to the funding the UK receives for its fusion projects and we welcome the Committees recommendation to maintain existing research co-operation with the EU.”

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Notes to editors

  1. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 260 companies including nuclear power station operators, new build developers and vendors, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, supply chain and consultancy companies. Find out more at www.niauk.org.uk or @niauk.
  2. The nuclear industry generates a fifth of all electricity used in the UK, directly employs around 65,000 professionals and has the support of 71% of the public who believe nuclear must be part of a low carbon energy mix. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 49 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking 78% of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.

Media Contacts:

Sara Crane: 020 7766 6646 / 07803 696 786 sara.crane@niauk.org

Rupert Lewis: 020 7766 6642 / 07894 595 717 rupert.lewis@niauk.org