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Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action

Our paper 'Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action' provides a roadmap detailing the eight key actions required to assess the role of nuclear energy in the UK’s net zero future objectively.

The UK’s target of net zero by 2050 is extremely ambitious and the scale of the effort required to achieve it must not be underestimated.

The paper

Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action.

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In this paper, we address aspects of the national discussion that are currently underdeveloped, considering nuclear energy in the context of the net zero challenge, in supporting the UK’s hydrogen ambitions and in delivering economic growth, through industrial development, jobs and in supporting the levelling up agenda.

The paper provides a series of recommendations for supporting the nuclear sector in achieving its best potential, setting out the steps needed to examine the possible roles for nuclear energy using an objective, well-developed economic assessment system.

New nuclear could have a vital role to play in achieving net zero but if this potential is to be realised, there is much for the sector to do in the next three decades and important decisions lay ahead for policymakers.

We have developed this paper because we felt a responsibility as an impartial academic community to support our colleagues in government and industry. Now is the time to take key actions which will determine the roles nuclear can play, recognising that they should only be adopted if they contribute to an optimised economic and environmental solution.

Professor Gregg Butler / Head of Strategic Assessment, Dalton Nuclear Institute

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The University of Manchester’s Dalton Nuclear Institute is a world-leading cross-disciplinary nuclear research institute, providing research across the whole fuel cycle, delivering impact to industry, governments and regulators, and supporting the UK’s long term nuclear ambition. Read more about the Dalton Nuclear Institute.