McMaster’s Nuclear Net Zero Community Project

22 January 2024

Experts around the world recognize there is no path to bringing the world’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 without nuclear energy – and small modular reactors (SMRs) – as part of the solution.  Canada needs to make a critical step from construction of first-of-a-kind demonstrations at large nuclear sites, like Chalk River and Darlington- to SMR deployments that power smaller and remote communities.

A world-leader in nuclear research, innovation and education, McMaster University is working with industry partners to examine the feasibility of developing a livable community of the future powered by an energy network with an SMR at its heart. This Net Zero Community would demonstrate the transformative power of clean, reliable, abundant energy for small communities and provide a road map for communities in Canada, and around the world, to follow as they consider critical decisions about SMRs for their future.