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Urenco talks net zero at Young Generation Forum conference

23 May 2023

Urenco discussed the importance of reaching net zero and the steps it was taking itself to reach its targets – at a European conference for young people in the industry.   

Colleagues from Urenco’s Netherlands’ site travelled to the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF) in Krakow, Poland. 

The European congress is held once every two years and alternates with an international congress.

Chairman of the NetZero Working Group at Urenco Nederland, Christiaan Prenger, was a speaker on a panel session concerning the role of nuclear in the energy transition. 

He stressed the importance of decarbonising the supply chain in addition to companies looking at their own direct emissions.  

He also talked about some of the specific actions Urenco was taking on-site to reduce emissions, such as commissioning a project in which the natural gas consumption of a recycling centre was reduced to zero. 

Natural gas was used to generate steam to condition the incoming air of the ventilation system. This system was replaced with one which uses waste heat from the enrichment plant, saving an estimated 90,000 m3 of gas per year, a saving equivalent to powering around 73 UK homes with gas per year.

After the panel session, the wider team delivered a workshop based around a card game on reaching net zero. 

Colleagues also took part in the ENYGF’s career day, where they spoke to young people about jobs at Urenco and the career paths it offers.  You can find out more here.  


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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