Building New Nuclear: the challenges ahead
There is growing pressure on the UK government to deliver both its plans for nuclear new build, and also meet its climate change targets that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050. This comes as the parliamentary committee for energy and climate change release their Building New Nuclear: the challenges ahead report, in which new build is described as ‘crucial’ to support the UK’s energy demand as well as meeting climate change targets.
The New Civil Engineer reports that the pressure is mounting on MPs to be able to offer viable alternatives to nuclear new build in the event that the new build projects are delayed.
The industry has outlined plans to build 16GW new nuclear power stations by 2025, however two other European projects in Olkiluoto in Finland and Flamanville in France have experienced serious delays and cost overruns, say MPs.