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NIA responds to projections that zero-carbon electricity is to outstrip fossil fuels in Britain for the first time

21 June 2019

The Nuclear Industry Association responds to National Grid’s press release on its projections that more of Britain’s electricity in 2019 will be generated from zero carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the industrial revolution.

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

“This will be a landmark moment and a huge step on the road to tackling the climate change challenge.

“But hitting the Government’s new ambitious target of reaching net zero by 2050, means we’ve got to go even further. To achieve this, every form of low carbon electricity generation needs to pull its weight, especially if we are to power our heating and transport needs with more electricity.

“In the UK’s first ever week without coal-fired power in May of this year, nuclear supplied over 50% of the UK’s domestically generated clean electricity.

“There is a clear and urgent need to replace our aging fleet – which will be all but gone by 2030. With the right commitment in place, our industry can deliver a pipeline of affordable clean power, develop new technologies and create thousands of highly skilled jobs in the process.”

 

 

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