The UK Government is too complacent about nuclear research and development (R&D) according to a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report out today.
The select committee’s report − Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities − warns the UK will be unprepared for a nuclear energy future unless there is a fundamental change in the Government’s approach.
With many of the UK’s experts in R&D on nuclear energy nearing retirement, according to the report, the country is danger of losing this expertise because of the lack of investment over the last two decades.
The committee report recommends a development of a long-term strategy for nuclear beyond 2025, with an R&D Roadmap, and the establishment of Nuclear R&D Board.
“Without action now, in our view, the Government’s nuclear energy policy simply lacks credibility,” said Committee chairman Lord Krebs.