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Nuclear Power Policy Activist, Independent

I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"The Dalton Nuclear Institute at the UK’s University of Manchester on 15 July released a position paper: Nuclear energy for net zero: a strategy for action, which identifies the actions required to assess the role of nuclear in the UK's net-zero future.

The paper’s authors include Francis Livens, director; Gregg Butler, head of strategic assessment; William Bodel, research associate in nuclear systems choice; and Juan Matthews, visiting professor in nuclear energy technology.In the Foreword to the 41-paper paper, Livens says, given encouraging steps to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, the ageing of the current nuclear fleet and the need to decarbonise other sectors, 'it makes sense that the government has announced that new nuclear could have a vital role to play in achieving net zero'. However, to achieve this potential, much needs to be done and many questions need answers. 'We must also acknowledge that time is short. The nuclear sector has historically been unable to move quickly. To make a difference to the 2050 target, any new reactor technology must be developed, demonstrated, licensed and built by the 2040s. This means that technology development must begin now and that the more exotic technology options will not be feasible on the timescale required.' The report 'seeks to address aspects of the national discussion on nuclear energy which are currently underdeveloped, and provides a series of recommendations which we believe will support the nuclear sector in achieving its best potential'.

The paper sets out to examine 'the possible roles for nuclear energy in a ‘level playing field’ approach to net zero by 2050, making use of the various mechanisms on an overall best economics basis, with an objective, well-developed economic assessment system'. It says the potential roles for nuclear must be set out and assessed clearly, 'recognising that they will not be adopted unless they are part of an optimum solution'. Similarly objective assessment mechanisms should also be applied to alternative decarbonisation options."


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