Reacting to the BEIS Committee Report on the ‘Decarbonisation of the power sector’ inquiry (link), Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said,
“Nuclear is an essential part of the plan to decarbonise electricity and this report leaves no doubt that a clear nuclear pipeline is vital to ensure we continue to cut fossil fuels so clean energy targets are met.
“A programmatic approach to new nuclear projects, both large scale and small modular reactors, is vital, with financing and siting clearly defined so we can give confidence to investors and the supply chain.
“The UK is also uniquely placed to help our allies cut their use of Russian nuclear fuel by ramping up our own world-class fuel capabilities. That means huge export opportunities, jobs and energy security for Britain.”
Notes to editors
- As part of the inquiry, the Nuclear Industry Association gave evidence the BEIS Committee in January 2023
- The UK has five generating nuclear power stations, providing around 15% of the country’s electricity from 5.9 GW of capacity.
- Hartlepool and Heysham I stations will retire in March 2026, and Heysham II and Torness will retire in March 2028, leaving only Sizewell B, with 1.2 GW of generating capacity.
- The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe found nuclear to have the lowest land use, lowest ecosystem impact and lowest lifecycle carbon of all generating technologies.
- 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.
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