Nuclear decision could rip up carbon targets

Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on the Wylfa nuclear power project could lead to a major revision of the Government’s carbon targets.

Commentating on the decision, RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive Emma Pinchbeck said: “Today’s announcement risks blowing a hole in the Government’s plans to meet our carbon targets. We have the technologies, like renewables and nuclear, that can deliver a low carbon energy system and Government is rightly backing our world-leading offshore wind sector, which can meet a third of our power needs by 2030. But Government has to review how it’s using low carbon policies or we risk relying on more heavily on polluting gas and coal. We have a pipeline of shovel-ready onshore wind projects that can provide cheap power to consumers and help close the gap on our carbon targets and it’s time Government allowed onshore wind compete on a level playing field, including letting projects compete for Contracts for Difference”.

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