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Decarbonising hydrogen at COP26

11 November 2021

On 9 November, Urenco and EDF hosted a reception in Glasgow for COP26 delegates to discuss how hydrogen production can help us to achieve net zero.

The event focused on a Urenco initiated and independent study by Aurora Energy Research, which provides important models on the cost and competitiveness of nuclear’s role in realising climate change goals.

Boris Schucht, Urenco’s CEO, Simone Rossi, EDF Energy CEO and Aurora’s Felix Chow-Kambitsch together revealed that decarbonisation and hydrogen production can be achieved more easily and more cost effectively with nuclear’s contribution. The findings support the UK Government’s Hydrogen Strategy and provide an important step in enabling policy makers to pave the way for the delivery of Net Zero by 2050.

The event was concluded by the Rt Hon Amber Rudd, who shared her reflections on nuclear at COP26 in her capacity as the Climate and Energy Policy Board member of Public Policy Projects. She emphasised that this year’s COP has been based more on delivery than pledges, and that effective policy and financing will be the driving force in achieving our green industrial revolution.

Boris Schucht said: “While the Aurora study was based on the UK energy industry, it is highly applicable to other countries, including developing nations. This could provide valuable insights for the attendees of COP26 on how nuclear can help to achieve collective goals as part of the energy mix.”

Read the Aurora Energy Research report ‘Decarbonising Hydrogen in a Net Zero Economy’

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About Urenco

Urenco is an international supplier of enrichment services and fuel cycle products with sustainability at the core of its business. Operating in a pivotal area of the nuclear fuel supply chain for 50 years, Urenco facilitates zero carbon electricity generation for consumers around the world.

With its head office near London, UK, Urenco’s global presence ensures diversity and security of supply for customers through enrichment facilities in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Using centrifuge technology designed and developed by Urenco, and through the expertise of our people, the Urenco Group provides safe, cost effective and reliable services; operating within a framework of high environmental, social and governance standards, complementing international safeguards.

Urenco is committed to continued investment in the responsible management of nuclear materials; innovation activities with clear sustainability benefits, such as nuclear medicine, industrial efficiency and research; and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.


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