The UK engineering community, represented by the Engineering the Future alliance, has welcomed today’s interim report of the UK review of nuclear safety being conducted by Dr Michael Weightman FREng, HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations.

Dame Sue Ion FREng, a spokesperson for the Engineering the Future Alliance, said:

“Nuclear power is an important part of the UK’s energy mix and is likely to remain so in the foreseeable future as we strive to achieve a low-carbon economy.

“We must ensure that lessons are learned and implemented following the incident at Fukushima and the Engineering the Future group is actively supporting the work of the UK review of nuclear safety.”

Notes for editors

  1. Engineering the Future is an alliance of professional engineering organisations with a combined membership of 450,000 engineers. Our vision is of a thriving UK economy, based on innovative high-value businesses and industries that build on our national strengths and address the grand challenges of the 21st century. The membership of the alliance includes the following organisations and others:
    Engineering Council
    The Institution of Civil Engineers
    The Institution of Chemical Engineers
    The Institution of Engineering and Technology
    The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    The Institute of Physics
    The Royal Academy of Engineering
    The Institution of Structural Engineers
    The Nuclear Institute
  2. The Engineering the Future alliance published a report Nuclear lessons learned in October 2010 looking at the engineering challenges of new nuclear build in the UK, see (883.79 KB)

    The Office for Nuclear Regulation interim report on the implications and lessons learnt for the UK nuclear industry of the nuclear crisis in Japan is available at

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