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Ad Hoc Nuclear Research and Development Advisory Board: Summary of Recommendations and Work

Summarises the Ad Hoc Nuclear Research and Development (R&D) Advisory Board work and its recommendations for future nuclear R&D in the UK.



The Ad Hoc Nuclear Research and Development (R&D) Advisory Board was established in March 2012 with the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, as chairman. It formed part of government’s response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology Inquiry into Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities in the UK.

This document summarises the work of the Board and, in particular, highlights its recommendations for the future of nuclear R&D in the UK.

The Board assisted the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) with a number of documents:

  • Long-term Nuclear Energy Strategy which explains government policy to facilitate market uptake so that nuclear energy can play an increasingly significant role in the UK up to 2050 and beyond

  • Nuclear R&D Landscape Review which assesses current civil nuclear R&D capability within the UK, and whether it is sufficient to meet government and private sector demands

  • Nuclear R&D Roadmap which sets out R&D activities required to deploy up to 75GW of nuclear energy in the UK and to ensure that the UK can make informed decisions about future technologies.

  • Nuclear Industrial Vision Statement explaining the UK nuclear industry’s own vision for its industry in domestic and global markets to 2050, and how to enable this

See also the Nuclear Industrial Strategy.

Published 26 March 2013