The UK’s nuclear supply chain needs to speak to a wider audience about its achievements and be ready to welcome professionals from other sectors into the new build fold, writes Tom Greatrex. My experience as a member of the UK Parliament taught me that people will come to you with what they consider to be the single answer to the energy and climate change challenges the world faces. I think without exception this silver bullet approach is very limited in its application and scope. The reality is, we need a range of different energy sources as each brings strong advantages. Nuclear is no different from any other in that regard. The task is how best to optimise the range of different technologies, to understand how energy is used, how it’s stored, how it’s conserved; and technological developments will move that debate along. But without nuclear as the main low-carbon baseload source of electricity, I don’t think there’s anybody who seriously thinks we are in a position to achieve those wider aims.
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