Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities

The Science and Technology Committee, under the Chairmanship of Lord Krebs, has launched a short inquiry to investigate whether the UK’s nuclear research and development (R&D) capabilities are sufficient to meet its future nuclear energy requirements to 2050.

You can find the Call for Evidence here

In recent months, a number of reports, including a report on nuclear fission by the Energy Research Partnership in September 2010, have highlighted the need for Government to look beyond current plans for nuclear new build and, looking ahead to 2050, to consider whether the UK satisfies the R&D requirements necessary to meet the country’s demand for nuclear energy in the future.The inquiry will focus on what the Government should be doing if they are to ensure that the UK’s research and development capabilities are sufficient to meet our nuclear energy requirements into the future. It will examine, amongst other things, the research and development implications of future scenarios up to 2050 and whether the UK has adequate R&D capabilities, including infrastructure, to meet its current and future needs for a safe and secure supply of nuclear energy.

The Committee decided to undertake this inquiry before the recent, tragic events in Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.