Letters: Paul Dorfman and others argue it is dangerous to say nuclear power is necessary to prevent climate change, in part because we can’t build enough stations to achieve a carbon-neutral global energy system in time (Letters, 29 February). I am not convinced we should ignore the idea that nuclear power can help meet our need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The UK is projected to lose around 9 gigawatts of nuclear capacity by 2035. There are plans to build about the same amount of new capacity over this period. In addition, there is the chance – I put it no stronger than that – that the small modular reactor programme, led by Rolls Royce, is successful in providing small nuclear stations that generate up to 440 megawatts each. The modular design helps construction: it should take around 4 years to build each reactor. It is a bit early to discard the possibility of nuclear power as part of our generation mix.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has produced new guidance to countries planning to adopt nuclear power. In a document titled ‘Initiating Nuclear Power Programmes: Responsibilities and Capabilities of Owners and Operators’, the IAEA provides advice on establishing and developing a nuclear power plant’s owner/operator.
World Nuclear News 11th March 2020 read more »
Cumbria is helping to set the national agenda in the nuclear industry. Work by Women in Nuclear’s Cumbria branch will be included in a Government gender balance action plan as part of the Nuclear Sector Deal. Women in Nuclear Cumbria was set up in 2018. It aims to improve the representation of women in the sector and increase aspirations. It runs a number of programmes, including the Open the Door programme, which introduces people at the start of their career to major players in the industry.
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