Clean Energy Pioneers

A single Rolls-Royce SMR unit can power approximately one million homes.

A different approach

Climate change is affecting every aspect of our lives. It is a global issue and one that must be tackled in a united way. The energy we use, whether through electricity or heat and the way that we travel, contributes to our global carbon footprint.

The European Union has committed to cutting carbon emissions by 55% by 2030. The United Kingdom has set a target of a 78% reduction by 2035. These significant reduction targets will only be met if we think differently about the way we invest in, build and run our energy infrastructure.

Electricity supply has achieved the most significant decarbonisation success in the UK and some European countries - particularly those with nuclear in the mix. But predicted global emissions have still not peaked, making it even more important that countries seeking to identify a route to Net-Zero consider the significant benefits of deploying nuclear, particularly lower cost, small modular nuclear solutions.

Globally, the sources of energy we consume have hardly changed since the 1960s – oil, coal and gas. What has changed has been the amount we use. In 1965 we used 40,000 terawatt-hours of fossil fuels, but by 2019 that had climbed to 136,000 terawatt-hours. in 2019, just 16% of global primary energy came from low-carbon sources including nuclear and renewables. This further emphasises the huge shift that will be required if we are to tackle the decarbonisation challenge in a united way.

At the heart of investment to enable the energy transition is growth – through employment, through GDP growth and through supply chain transition, to enable the roll-out of low carbon energy sources for electricity, for hydrogen production and for the manufacture of synthetic aviation fuel.

Inaction is not a solution and it is right that low cost nuclear continues to be developed as a core component of the Net Zero challenge.

We therefore believe that Rolls-Royce SMRs have a vital role to play in ensuring a global fleet of reactors can provide low cost, deliverable, global and scalable and investable solutions to this challenge as soon as possible.

What they are saying

"Energy security, decarbonisation and electrification are fundamental to the growth and success of modern economies and the health of the planet, and have led to a significant and inevitable growth in the demand for new nuclear power. I am honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to Rolls-Royce SMR and the deployment of the UK's vital and deliverable solution to the global energy security challenge."

Sir Stephen Lovegrove GCMG KCB, Rolls-Royce SMR Chair

Next generation technologies such as Small and Advanced Modular Reactors, new nuclear will both produce low carbon power and create jobs and growth across the UK.

The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, HM Government

Rolls-Royce is a great British company, which is why we previously made up to £210 million available from the advanced nuclear fund to Rolls-Royce SMR Ltd to support the development of its small modular reactor design.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Nuclear and Networks), Andrew Bowie MP

SMRs are one of the most advanced nuclear power technologies in the world. Rather than having to be built on site, they're smaller and can be made in factories, transforming how power stations are built by making construction faster and less expensive. This tech could result in billions of pounds of public and private sector investment.

Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP