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Nuclear Industry Association responds to Committee on Climate Change report

02 May 2019

In response to the Committee on Climate Change’s report, “Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming”, Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:

“The Committee on Climate Change’s report rightly highlights just how far we still need to go for the UK to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In decarbonising power, it highlights that we will need more low carbon sources of electricity – confirming other academic and expert reports – with nuclear continuing to play an integral part alongside renewables.

“Nuclear has long provided the UK with clean, reliable, secure electricity, and it will be needed to help meet the increased demand from the electrification of heat and transport. Just as this report is a timely wake up call to government and society, it is also an important reminder that reducing our reliance on high emission fuels to generate power is the priority. Clean electricity sources need to work together, not pit themselves against each other, if we are to meet 2050 ambitions.”

Additional information

  • The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) published a report in September 2018 on “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World” which shows that as you head towards zero carbon emissions, it gets significantly more expensive if you exclude nuclear power.
  • The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) published a report in January 2019 on “The Costs of Decarbonisation: System Costs with High Shares of Nuclear and Renewables” which shows that a mix relying primarily on nuclear energy is the most cost-effective option to achieve a decarbonisation target of 50g CO2 per kWh.
  • BEIS’s latest Digest of UK Energy Statistics shows nuclear is the largest source of low carbon power in the UK, providing 41% of low carbon power generated in the UK in 2017.
  • In 2018, nuclear avoided 20.63 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of taking 9.31 million cars off the road.