The Connection Imperative

How to make the UK nuclear industry pivotal to net zero and beyond

Against a backdrop of ambitious Government decarbonisation goals, following the declaration at COP28 to triple nuclear capacity globally by 2050, now is the moment of opportunity for UK nuclear leaders to play a leading role in the path to Net Zero.

Achieving this will require the industry to demonstrate it can decommission at speed, collaborate more effectively and be more innovative. It also needs to overcome its perception of being compliance-minded, conservative and inward-looking. Because high compliance and high performance can be complementary – not competitive – forces.

The opportunity

UK Government’s targeted reduction in carbon emissions by 2035
People employed in the UK nuclear sector
Yearly gross value contribution to the economy

Now the sector is being challenged to prove its ability to contribute to Net Zero – and to demonstrate it can be fast-moving, ambitious and innovative. We believe there is an opportunity to reimagine the future of nuclear and redefine some of the cultural norms holding the sector back from realising its ambition. 

Based on our conversations with leaders across the nuclear fuel cycle, and produced in collaboration with the Nuclear Industry Association, we’ve set out how a culture of purpose-driven connectedness can create a sector that is more prominent and progressive.

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