The UK, perhaps more than any other country in the world, was built on coal. But this year, the UK government pledged to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Committee on Climate Change said 40% of electricity would always need to be firm. Hinkley from about 9.30
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Nuclear and combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) are the only viable options to provide firm low-carbon power in the UK, according to a report by Atkins. For the UK to achieve Net Zero nuclear power requires significant public and private sector investment and support, says a new report by a UK-based engineering firm. Achieving the target also requires substantial changes to the UK’s energy mix, the report says. To achieve the net-zero goal the UK needs a four-fold increase in low carbon generation. This would see low-carbon generation rise from 155 TWh in 2017 to 645 TWh in 2050. The report, Engineering Net Zero, highlights the major challenges of creating significant system capacity in nuclear, carbon capture and storage and wind energy generation. Atkins has called for urgent action and investment to begin work on engineering net-zero immediately.
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