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This page is about the aircraft engine and power systems company, the car company is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Rolls-Royce Group plc is a British multinational power systems company headquartered in the City of Westminster, London.[1] It is the world’s third-largest maker of aircraft engines,[2] and also has major businesses in the marine propulsion and energy sectors including nuclear energy.

Through its defence-related activities, it is the world's 16th-largest defence contractor measured by 2011 defence revenues.[3]





Executive Leadership Team



In February 2013, Spinwatch's NuclearSpin site revealed that Rolls-Royce had seconded an employee to the Department for Energy and Climate Change. As the head of ‘new nuclear capabilities and removing barriers’ at DECC, Sophie Macfarlane-Smith is responsible for 'enhancing the capability' of the UK's 'new nuclear supply chain and skills'. DECC says it meets her salary cost and makes sure there could be no conflict of interest.[7]

EU lobbying

Rolls-Royce were among the top spending British based companies on EU lobbying in Brussels in 2014, spending between €1,500,000 and €1,750,000.[8]

Nuclear collaboration

In September 2013 Rolls-Royce joined forces with Russian atomic energy operator Rosatom and Finnish utility Fortum to explore building and operating VVER nuclear power plants in the UK. Rosatom has worked closely with Rolls-Royce since the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in 2011. The three companies will work together on preparation for a VVER reactor generic design assessment (GDA) and assessing opportunities for licensing of a nuclear power plant construction site in the UK.

To facilitate this work, on 5 September 2013 Rosatom and the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change signed a Memorandum of cooperation in Moscow at a meeting between Rosatom’s Director General, Sergey Kirienko and UK Minister of State for Energy of the Department for Energy and Climate Change, Michael Fallon. At the same time, Rolls-Royce signed a contract with Rosatom which will see Rolls Royce carry out engineering and safety assessment work on Rosatom’s VVER technology ahead of its potential entry in the GDA process.[9]


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  1. Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce headquarters
  2. Pratt stays in market for biggest jet engines Bloomberg
  3. Defense News Top 100 for 2012 Defense News
  4. Data from Internet Archive holdings of the Science Media Centre website, 2002-2013.
  5. UK Public Affairs Council, Period 1 September 2011 to 30 November 2011
  6. PRCA Public Affairs Register – Agencies - September to November 2011
  7. Richard Cookson, Nuclear industry secondments to Government departments responsible for policy and regulation, Spinwatch, 22 February 2013
  8. Finance industry is UK's biggest lobbyist in Brussels Lobby Facts, 26 January 2015, accessed 3 February 2015
  9. Rosatom announces collaboration in UK nuclear new-build, Modern Power Systems, 8 September 2013, acc 11 Sept 2013