WITH less than a year to go until the United Nations 26th Climate Change summit, MPs Trudy Harrison and Virginia Crosbie held their inaugural Nuclear Development Group meeting with industry partners to discuss the role of atomic energy in achieving net zero and levelling up. They were joined by industry experts from NNL, the Centre of Nuclear Excellence, BEC Business Cluster, NWNARC, UKAAE, Cavendish Nuclear, Jacobs, UK Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board, Nuclear AMRC, and Next Generation NIC. The MPs’ decision to take the lead and bring partners together is in advance of the Treasury Spending Review and Government Energy White Paper. Discussions centred around the release of the Government’s Energy White Paper, COP-26, and timescales needed to achieve NET-ZERO by 2050. Co-chair of the NDG and MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison, said: “The UK’s nuclear industry can play a leading part in powering, heating and transporting our communities whilst reducing carbon emissions and setting a global standard. “As nuclear advocates, Virginia and I want to help achieve that mission. Developing a route to deliver for net zero, securing atomic energy prominence during COP26 and influencing Government’s Energy White Paper are our aims.”
NW Evening Mail 16th Nov 2020 read more »
Boris Johnson promised last night to make northern Conservative MPs his “Praetorian guard” as ministers moved to rewrite Treasury spending rules and allow billions of pounds of new infrastructure investment. In an attempt to rebuild relations with backbenchers after a tumultuous week in Downing Street, the prime minister promised the Northern Research Group (NRG) of Tories that their seats would benefit from “the largest financial commitment to infrastructure” in nearly a century. Mr Johnson’s promises of “massive investments” in transport, nuclear energy and broadband infrastructure came as the government planned to relax the strict rules that determine where such spending may or may not take place.
Times 17th Nov 2020 read more »