In a short video posted on his Twitter account, Mr Shapps highlighted Korea’s goal of using nuclear power to meet over a third of their energy needs by 2030 and said that the UK could learn from their Asian partners.
Shapps said: “When you hear South Korea, you probably think of K-Pop, kimchi and cosmetics more than you think of nuclear power. But this week, I am not just here for the barbecue, I’m here because South Korea has one of the world’s leading nuclear industries.
“Our current ambition is for nuclear to generate a quarter of all power by 2050, but here in Korea, they have already flown past that. In fact, they have now set their sights on nuclear meeting over a third of their energy needs by 2030. So we can clearly learn a thing or two from our Asian partners.
“But I’m also here flying the flag for UK PLC, the land of nuclear opportunity.”
Mr Shapps ended the video by asking his team if they would be getting some Korean barbecue.
I visited South Korea this week to share the news about opportunities in British nuclear and build on our 140 year relationship.
Scaling up nuclear is a key part of how we power up Britain: slashing bills, supporting British jobs, and ensuring our energy security. pic.twitter.com/bvsjk5FP5C
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) April 12, 2023