The Nuclear New Build 2019 conference took place in London on 11-12 June, bringing together the nuclear industry from the UK and elsewhere, including delegations from China and the US. The conference opened with a speech by Nuclear Industry Association chairman Dr Tim Stone. Dr Stone highlighted the benefits of nuclear when compared to renewable sources like wind and solar, as it is not intermittent and has a similar if not lower carbon footprint than the others. Dr Stone cited the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report that warned that a decrease in nuclear power would lead to increasing emissions. In his view, nuclear should form a major part of the UK government’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but due to the “constrained bandwidth” at Whitehall due to Brexit, the nuclear industry was in a difficult stage. Dr Stone was also the first of many to mention Germany’s folly in easing out its nuclear industry, with even the head of Volkswagen calling for the return of nuclear in the country.
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