The UK has made a binding commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. That means our electricity system won’t be able to rely on polluting fossil fuels as it does today. At the same time, electricity demand is expected to rise as we move to battery-powered transport and adopt cleaner ways to heat our homes. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says that to get to net zero the supply of low-carbon electricity needs to quadruple between now and 2050.
While the growing demand for low-carbon electricity will mostly be met by renewables like wind and solar, nuclear electricity will also be a vital component of our future energy mix. The CCC reckons the UK needs around 40% of the low-carbon electricity to be reliable (or “firm”) rather than intermittent. Today, the only proven “firm” and large-scale, low-carbon technology is nuclear.
Sizewell C is the next new nuclear power station being proposed for the UK. Together with Hinkley Point C in Somerset, their 6.4GW of baseload electricity will help provide our homes and businesses with reliable energy for decades to come.