A call for parliamentary candidates to back nuclear power’s role in tackling climate change has been welcomed by an industry body in Cumbria. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) has published a “Priorities for Government” document, setting out five key steps to support nuclear’s role in helping to achieve the legally-binding Net Zero 2050 target, while at the same time creating jobs and boosting long-term skills. It is demanding a clear energy policy that sets out goals for nuclear and establishes a financial regime that makes nuclear developments attractive to investors, along with commitment to maximise opportunities for UK businesses. The NIA also wants a “progressive” decommissioning programme, a boost to careers in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and greater support for innovation and new nuclear technologies and fuels. An influential group of academics, trade unions, professional bodies and non-governmental organisations involved in the energy industry have put their name to the document, which has been sent to all parliamentary candidates by the NIA. It has been welcomed by Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster (BECBC), which represents more than 300 businesses, the vast majority involved in the county’s nuclear sector.
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