Government advisory firm Energy Technologies Institute chief executive David Clarke said nuclear was a key part of the UK’s roadmap to meeting carbon reduction targets.
Clarke said that constructing new nuclear must be deployed now in order for the UK to meet its carbon reduction targets of 80% based on 1990 levels by 2050.
“Nuclear technology is deployable now,” said Clarke, speaking at the annual Bridge lecture at City University.
Along with nuclear, Clarke said deployment of energy efficiency measures, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and offshore wind are vital to the UK meeting its energy targets.
But Clarke warned “it’s going to be tough to meet those carbon reduction targets”.