Delivering for the New Nuclear Landscape

The nuclear landscape has changed.

With a legally binding commitment in the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, and more than 120 other countries moving towards the same target, existing and emerging nuclear technologies offer financially and environmentally affordable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Our strategy has evolved to meet the needs and opportunities of the new landscape, unleashing innovation across the whole of the UK’s nuclear sector.

This programme of work will deliver on the government’s agenda of making the UK a science superpower whilst bringing high-skilled jobs to the North West and helping the country’s economy recover from the economic impact of the global pandemic.

Focus Areas

We are building on the world-class solutions and successes we have already delivered to create a new agenda with four Focus Areas.


Clean Energy

Securing the UK’s place as a global leader in the clean energies of the future by developing advanced nuclear technologies and leading their deployment


Environmental Restoration

Driving a step change in the way legacy and future wastes are processed by applying innovative science and breakthrough technologies


Health and Nuclear Medicine

Establishing an indigenous UK supply of vital medical radioisotopes


Security and Non-Proliferation

Facilitating the global deployment of new nuclear technologies by ensuring security and non-proliferation

This work is vital to the lives of people in the UK and around the world.

Whether it is contributing to the achievement of net zero or advancing nuclear science in the delivery of effective healthcare, the outcomes we achieve directly benefit us all.

Over the next few years, our work in these areas will continue to grow in significance.

2.2.1 Clean Energy