In reaction to the UK and French governments’ joint statement on Sizewell C (link), Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association, said:
“Sizewell C will be one of the UK’s most important green infrastructure projects ever, and critical to the government’s plan to strengthen energy security, cut gas use and bring down bills, so this joint statement is very welcome.
“The UK needs to urgently get on with building new nuclear capacity alongside renewables, and it’s now important that a Final Investment Decision on Sizewell is reached swiftly so construction can begin.”
Notes to editors:
- Sizewell C will generate 3.2 gigawatts (GW) of clean electricity, enough to power six million homes and displace around 5.4 billion cubic metres of gas use each year. It will have a a lifecycle carbon footprint of 5.5g CO2 equivalent per kWh of generation, and will sustain 70,000 jobs across the UK, thousands of local jobs, and billions of pounds of investment in the regional economy.
- 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.
- 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.
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