NIA reaction to CCC Progress Report to Parliament
24 June 2021
In reaction to the Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) Progress Report to Parliament 2021, Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“The CCC has made it clear that to stay on track for net zero the UK needs at least two new large-scale nuclear stations, in addition to Hinkley Point C, to be operational by the mid-2030s.
“That requires urgent action from Government to introduce a new financing model for large and small nuclear this year, and to support Sizewell C to a Final Investment Decision next year and another large-scale project to FID in 2024.
“Without new investment, the UK risks losing its only proven source of firm, emissions-free power at a critical point for our climate goals.”
Notes to Editors
- The Balanced Pathway produced for the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget assumed that two new nuclear power stations would be in operation by 2035, in addition to Hinkley Point C for a total of 10 GW of capacity.
- The Government has committed to a Final Investment Decision on at least one new nuclear power plant by the end of this Parliament.
- Nuclear is the second most important source of clean power in the UK currently, after wind.
- Nuclear power has saved the UK more than 2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions in total, the equivalent of all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
- The UK’s seven nuclear power stations have a combined land footprint of less than 1 square mile.