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UK can meet its future energy needs and reduce pollution emissions without building a nuclear power plant, a WWF report said Tuesday as the government considered the option.
The "Energy Balance", commissioned from an independent ILEX consultant by the WWF environmental group, shows that by reducing energy wastage and increasing renewable energy sources, the power sector can reduce emissions by 55% by 2025.
"This report shows that an updated focus on reducing electricity demand and increasing use of renewable energy and micro-plants will make new power plants redundant," said Keith Allott, head of WWF on climate change.
"We can not only meet energy demand without taking the road to new nuclear power, but with the right steps we can reduce emissions from power plants as well."
WWF has filed a report for a government review of Britain's future energy supply, planned out later this year and is widely expected to recommend a revival of Britain's nuclear power program.
Prime Minister Tony Blair, widely believed to favor the construction of a new nuclear power plant, ordered re-enforcement late last year.
The WWF report discusses future carbon dioxide emissions and power generation under the assumption that no new nuclear power plant is built.
The report says simple steps to prevent growth in electricity demand and renewable energy up to 25% of total production by 2025 could help the power sector reduce emissions by 55% from 1990 levels.
WWF urges the government to introduce year-on-year pollution restrictions from the energy sector.
Britain now has a dozen nuclear power plants, most of them built in the 1960s and 1970s, providing about 25% of the kingdom's electricity. Natural gas provides about 40%. (* / rit)