RECOGNISING the urgency to go further to tackle climate change, the Prime Minister has laid out an ‘ambitious’ further commitment to achieving Net-Zero.

The new plan aims for at least 68 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels, the first target set by the UK following its departure from the EU, demonstrating the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change.

The announcement comes ahead of the UK co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of the historic Paris Agreement. The summit calls on countries around the world to submit ambitious NDCs or other climate plans prior to the UN COP26 climate talks, which the UK government is hosting in Glasgow next year.

Trudy Harrison MP and Co-Chair of the Nuclear Delivery Group, a recently launched group aiming to highlight the use of atomic energy in achieving net zero and levelling up, joined colleagues for the NIA’s Nuclear 2020: Roadmap to Net Zero, this week.

Now in its 20th year, the conference, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, brought together speakers from across all parts of the nuclear industry to update and discuss key developments in decommissioning, nuclear new build, export opportunities, skills and the road to Net-Zero.

Mrs Harrison said: "Nuclear power is reaching parts of Government policy like never before thanks to a collaborative industry and connected support from organisations like the NIA.

"The penny has dropped, the urgency is understood and the policies being pumped out from Whitehall support the nuclear sector across board. Copeland is the centre of nuclear excellence, it really is our time to shine."