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Urenco supports NICE Future flexible nuclear report

30 September 2020

Urenco supports the view of the latest Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future report that nuclear innovation has the potential to revolutionise clean energy systems.

The NICE Future initiative is under the Clean Energy Ministerial, which seeks to accelerate global clean energy transitions and involves the US Department of Energy; Natural Resources Canada; Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry of Japan; and the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom.

The report stresses the increasingly flexible roles that nuclear energy technologies can play in future integrated clean energy systems, working in tandem with renewables. Nuclear can economically provide energy services when they are needed, including both electric and nonelectric applications and utilising both traditional and advanced nuclear power plants.

Alongside nuclear energy’s traditional supply of electricity, existing and advanced reactors could provide heat for homes, businesses and industrial processes; produce hydrogen and synthetic fuels for cleaner transport; desalinate and purify seawater in water scarce regions; and offer remote and developing regions a modern energy supply.

Emilie Isaacs, Urenco Head of Government Affairs, said: “Urenco sees this reinvention of future energy supplies to be of critical importance in meeting climate change goals and to support economic recovery post COVID-19.

“We believe that nuclear has a valuable role to play, alongside renewables, and we are ready and willing to meet the challenge, from continuing to provide a reliable supply of enrichment services and fuel cycle products to existing reactors, to supporting the development of the next generation of nuclear technologies and fuels.”

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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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