No Need for Nuclear. The renewables are here – Conway Hall, London 17 June 2017

 

 

There is a very broad National consensus about what we want our energy policy to do, what the goal of British Energy Policy should be. It should be affordable, it should be secure and it should be low-carbon, in delivering the service that people want. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t agree that that trilemma is what we are trying to do. And there is no doubt at all that it can be delivered in the UK, in a way that does not involve nuclear power, and if we were to do that it would be cheaper and more secure than doing it in the way that we are currently trying to do it. We don’t have a problem with technology, we actually have more technology than we can begin to use, and we certainly don’t have a problem with the economics of using low-carbon technologies, or a variety of low-carbon technologies. All the problems we have with getting to the goal, are political problems. They are problems about getting the politics right, not about getting the technologies or the economics right.  As we look at that project in the context of what’s going on in the world, as we look around at what is happening in the world, it is very clear that all over the world we are now engaged in a transition, in the so-called energy transition, as we move to a low-carbon economy to make sure that climate change doesn’t destroy civilisation. And as we make that transition, we must make sure that it is a “just transition”. It’s not just as shift of technology it is also a shift of people’s livelihoods and communities, and we must take those communities and those livelihood with us as we make that transition.

 

 

About tomburke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.
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