UK must use plutonium stockpile to meet carbon targets, top scientist warns
It will be impossible for the UK to meet its long-term carbon reduction target without reusing the nation's stockpile of plutonium, the former government chief scientist has warned.
He predicts that global supplies of uranium will begin to run out in 2023 so the UK will need to rely on a domestic supply of nuclear fuel.
Sir David King told the Guardian: "You have to look at our stretching long-term targets, and we will need to generate more electricity while reducing emissions - you will need to look at plutonium in order to do that. I don't see any other way."
Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 80% by mid-century, according to the UK's long-term goals.
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"UK must use plutonium stockpile to meet carbon targets, top scientist warns", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 06/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/uk-must-use-plutonium-stockpile-to-meet-carbon-targets-top-scientist-warns