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NIA Responds to Prime Minister’s Comments at the Launch of the UN Climate Summit, COP26

04 February 2020

Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association says,

“Ahead of COP26 the Prime Minister has rightly put climate change even more firmly in the spotlight.

“As Boris Johnson said this morning, we were the first to industrialise and have a responsibility to lead the way—in his words, those who say it’s too expensive are wrong.

“We have an opportunity as hosts of COP26, to set an example and this has to start with a clear and credible plan of action for the UK.

“To reach Net Zero emissions by 2050, and power a boom in electric vehicles and heating, we need to quadruple our production of clean power. Nuclear currently provides almost half of all our zero carbon electricity,  and to make progress we need to replace our retiring fleet, and then do more.

“The good news is we have nuclear projects waiting in the wings, ready to deliver clean power, jobs and investment and we have the means to do this at a dramatically reduced cost. With updated energy policy coming this spring, the time for action is now.”