In a bid to hit the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050, the government is investing £18m into clean energy in the form of mini nuclear reactors up north. Rolls-Royce will be heading up the project for the small modular reactors (SMR), with the first one expected to be up and running within the next 15 years. “These new mini nuclear reactors would be concentrated across the North — and plans are in motion to place them in the Sheffield city region, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire,” said a government source. “Nuclear is clean and a way of reducing the UK’s carbon footprint on a large scale.” According to estimates by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a single SMR could provide enough energy for 750,000 homes, and the project as a whole is expected to create 40,000 jobs.
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