The Nuclear Industry Association is welcoming the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendations on the future infrastructure planning system (link), and a key amendment to the Energy Bill, to give the energy regulator Ofgem a statutory duty to assist in the delivery of net zero.
Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“We welcome the Commission’s emphasis on a more robust and streamlined planning system, in particular setting out clear tests for National Policy Statements, which is vital step if we are to meet ambitious clean energy targets.
“Nuclear projects generate huge local benefits, from a social and economic standpoint, and nuclear developers are already doing their part in funding local projects.
“The proposed change to the Net Zero duty is also an important step which would ensure proportional decisions are taken as we shift towards a clean energy future, ensuring the pace and scale of investment in new nuclear and other low carbon technologies is fully realised.”
Notes to editors
- The UK has fie generating (5.9 GW) nuclear power stations, providing around 16% of the country’s electricity, but all but one station will retire by 2028.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) confirms that nuclear has the lowest lifecycle carbon of all technologies and the lowest land use and lowest mineral and metal use of all low carbon technologies.
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