The Nuclear Industry Association has welcomed the recommendations made in Chris Skidmore’s independent review of Net Zero (link).
The review makes clear that Net Zero needs nuclear and that investment in new nuclear is a ‘no-regrets’ option.
In response to the publication of the review, the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, Tom Greatrex said:
“The Net Zero Review underlines what every reputable and credible analysis has shown – nuclear is an integral part of a future secure, clean power mix.
“Rather than further procrastination, the government should respond with pace and urgency to establish the promised Great British Nuclear body to deliver the programme of new nuclear capacity we need – both large stations and small modular reactors.
“We support the call for nuclear deployment targets for 2035 rather than 2050, and the need for a fleet of stations to provide Britain with a backbone of clean, reliable and price predictable power to cut the UK’s reliance on burning dirty, volatile and insecure gas.
“If the UK does not act now, our future energy security and the future of our climate will be at stake.”
Notes to editors:
- The UK has five generating nuclear power stations, providing around 16% of the country’s electricity from 5.9 GW of capacity.
- Two stations will retire by March 2024, and all but one will retire by March 2028.
- Nuclear has saved the UK 2.3 billion tonnes of carbon emissions, far more than any other source. The saving is equivalent to all UK emissions from 2015 through 2020.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) found that nuclear has the lowest lifecycle carbon of all technologies, the lowest land use of all low-carbon technologies and the lowest lifecycle impact on ecosystems of any electricity technology. Read the full report here.
About the Nuclear Industry Association
As the trade association for the civil nuclear industry in the UK, the Nuclear Industry Association represents more than 250 companies across the UK’s nuclear supply chain.
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