Nuclear has a 'major role' in decarbonising power sector

Published on Thursday, 12 May 2011 14:41
Posted by Scott Buckler

Nuclear and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) have a major role to play in decarbonising the power sector by 2030, the Committee on Climate Change has concluded (12th May)

It has published a review into the renewable energy industry and found that nuclear is the most cost-effective low carbon solutions over the next decade before other technologies are cheaper.

The review suggests that while 40 per cent of electricity should come from renewable energy by 2030, 40 per cent would also come from nuclear and 15 per cent from coal and gas with CCS.

However, it also made positive conclusions about the renewables sector, suggesting that around 30 per cent of UK energy should come from renewables by 2030 and this could increase to 45 per cent if the technology comes down in cost.

Lord Adair Turner, chair of the Committee, commented: "The focus now should be creating a stable investment climate for renewables, making longer-term commitments to support less mature technologies, and putting in place incentives to deliver significantly increased investment in renewable power and heat generation required over the next decade."

 

Source: EST

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