Nuclear part of low carbon mix

Nuclear power was the biggest contributer to low carbon power in the UK in 2017, bodign well for nuclear fuel workers in Lancashire.

Monday, 30th July 2018, 12:48 pm
Updated Monday, 30th July 2018, 12:53 pm
The Westinghouse Springfields oxide production plant at Salwick
The Westinghouse Springfields oxide production plant at Salwick

Statistics from the UK Government show low carbon sources of electricity accounted for a record 50.1 per cent of power generated in the UK in 2017, up from 45.6 per cent the previous year and marking significant progress in reducing carbon emissions.

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It was made up of 21 per cent from nuclear, 14.8 per cent wind, 3.4 per cent solar and 2.3 per cent hydro.

Tom Greatrex, chief executive of the UK Nuclear Industry Association, said: “The DUKEs report has highlighted the continued role nuclear plays as part of the UK low carbon generation mix, contributing 21 per cent of all electricity, and 41 per cent of overall low carbon power. While the UK has made great progress in meeting its decarbonisation targets, with the anticipated increase in electric vehicles and the electrification of heat, it is important the UK has a secure, reliable, solution to meet this increased demand. Investment in new nuclear infrastructure is recognised as an integral part of the future mix.”