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NIA responds to the special report published by the IPCC

08 October 2018

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The IPCC’s Special Report issues a strong warning that unless we limit global warming to less than 1.5°C, there will be severe consequences. The report is clear that limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require rapid and substantial changes across energy, transport, industry, and beyond.

“It’s therefore vital we act now, as decisions made today on new energy infrastructure will be seen in our power mix for generations into the future. That is why most 1.5°C pathways show nuclear power increasing its share of generation in the mix, as a constant, reliable, clean generation source.

“With the vast majority of UK nuclear power plant due to come offline before 2030, there is an urgent need for new nuclear to be built to make up the shortfall, or we run the risk of having to revert to burning fossil fuels to power homes, businesses, public services and vehicles – which would have a devastating cumulative impact on the planet.”