Ministers warned against clarifying nuclear plans or not achieving climate goals


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Its advisory body said the UK government is moving too slowly in introducing policy that matches its climate pledges, including building nuclear power plants. In a new report released today, the Committee on Climate Change warns that despite the rhetoric about cutting carbon emissions, much of the policy is shrouded in uncertainty. The report notes that progress is likely to depend on the commissioning of two new large-scale nuclear plants by the mid-1930s, but states that “further clarification is needed on contract models, and deployment of already contracted capacity is behind schedule.” . Construction of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear project was suspended in 2019 after Hitachi subsidiary Horizon offered a strike price – the guaranteed payment for the electricity generated – well below the agreed price for Hinkley Point C. From the initial costs of construction through their bills, it was proposed as a new financing scheme for nuclear buildings in early 2018. After consultation on the matter, the government said in December 2020 that it would “continue to explore a range of financing options with developers”. In response to the panel’s report, Nuclear Industry Association CEO Tom Gretrix called for “urgent action” to “introduce a new financing model for nuclear power large and small this year,” as well as support for the proposed Sizewell C project (pictured) and the latest large-scale project in the next two or three years. “Without new investment, the UK risks losing its only proven source of zero-emissions energy at a critical point for our climate goals,” he said. A government spokesman would not comment on nuclear power but said it was making “clear and tangible progress” on its climate goals, including achieving record investment in wind power. The committee also issued a series of recommendations for policies to be made. These include: helping to achieve a significant increase in the use of wood in construction; Develop and implement fully funded plans in order to make all public buildings carbon neutral; Develop a strategy to coordinate the development of links for offshore wind farms; Commitment to UK crude-based steel and cement production targets to reach near-zero emissions by 2035 and 2040 respectively. Working together to deliver a carbon-neutral industry, Decarbonising Construction is a virtual construction news event from July 21-22, 2021. The conference will provide an opportunity to see how your net-zero goals will impact your role in the short to long term. You will gain innovative ideas from across the industry, which can help you reduce carbon the way you design, build and maintain assets today. Take advantage of the super saving rate by booking your ticket for the event here. Andrew Shepherd, managing director of modular construction firm Top Hat Solutions, said construction’s role in getting to net zero was not surprised by the commission’s conclusions. “There is an urgent need for a greater focus on sustainable housing if the government is to reach its climate goals,” he said. “The housing construction sector can help the government achieve its ambitious goals by providing energy-efficient homes that do more good to the environment than harm.” TSSA President Manuel Cortes said : “We need massive investments in decarbonizing our economy – including rail and all forms of transportation, with a continued focus on the opportunities offered by the green economy.” […] There are hundreds of thousands of jobs that will be created to tackle climate change and put Britain ahead.” In response to the report, a government spokesperson said: “Any suggestion that we have been slow to implement climate action on a large scale is far from reality.” They said the UK It has cut emissions by 44 per cent in the past 30 years, faster than any other country in the G7.” “In recent months, we have made visible and tangible progress, with record investment in wind power, a new UK emissions trading scheme, and an investment of 5.2 billion Sterling in floods and marine defences, clear plans to decarbonize heavy industry and North Sea oil, and companies pledging to become net zero by 2050 or before. “Our upcoming strategies on heat, buildings, hydrogen and transport and this year’s overall net-zero strategy will put in place more of the same policies that the Climate Change Committee is calling for as we redouble our efforts to end the UK’s contribution to climate change,” they said.


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