In response to news that the government is to delay its final decision on a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Dr David Clarke FREng, Chief Executive of the Energy Technologies Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

“It is important that Government moves quickly to ensure that the UK builds a balanced portfolio of low carbon energy sources across nuclear, renewables and fossil fuels with CCS, to ensure that consumers can have confidence in a secure future energy supply, and that we are able to meet our carbon reduction targets. The nuclear sector would undoubtedly benefit from a swift decision, which would give it the confidence and certainty to invest, and would in turn benefit the rest of the supply chain. 

“That said, a decision to build a new nuclear power plant is one that naturally demands careful and comprehensive deliberation – it is not a decision that can be taken lightly and consideration must be given to a broad range of impacts including security of supply, environmental sustainability, safety and cost to the public purse. It is understandable then that a new secretary of state, with a new brief as part of a new government, should want to give due thought to such a decision, but investors will not wait indefinitely when they have other opportunities.”

Notes for editors

  1. Dr Clarke led the group that produced A critical time for UK energy policy, a report for the Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology published in October 2015.
    A critical time for UK energy policy: what must be done now to deliver the UK’s future energy system (504.06 KB)

  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

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    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
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