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NIA reaction to government’s Clean Growth Strategy

12 October 2017

The government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which sets out how it will decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy, has been welcomed by the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA).

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“This report shows a clear low carbon growth strategy which, underpinned by the industrial strategy, will benefit both the UK’s low carbon economy and our ambitious decarbonisation targets.

“As we move to reducing UK emissions further through the phase out of fossil fuels, decarbonisation of heat and power and increasing the take up of electric vehicles, new nuclear, combined with renewables as part of a lower carbon mix, will be a vital component of the UK’s reliable and secure electricity generation future.

“We welcome the government’s recognition that to deliver its strategy, a mix of low carbon electricity sources will be needed, and that one technology alone cannot deliver the ambitions set.

“However, the Levy Control Framework is important for low carbon energy investment confidence. Any successor mechanism needs to provide clarity as soon as possible on the period beyond 2020-21.

“Spending on R&D is another welcome move and is rightly a key focus for the government’s industrial strategy. The nuclear sector would like clarity on the small modular reactor competition, to capitalise on the international interest and benefit from the supply chain and intellectual property opportunities.”

ENDS

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 250 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 64,000 professionals and has the support of 74% of the public. The power generated by existing power stations avoids the emissions of 27 million tonnes of CO₂ a year – the equivalent of taking around a third of Britain’s cars off the roads. Take a look at the Jobs Map.
  3. More information on the Clean Growth Strategy can be found on the BEIS website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-strategy.

Media Contact:

Sara Crane: 020 7766 6646 / 07803 696786 sara.crane@niauk.org