A Green MEP for the south west region, including Burnham-On-Sea, has this week called for the UK to abandon its nuclear power programme in the wake of a new report on the status of the global nuclear industry. Molly Scott Cato says the World Nuclear Industry Status Report states that genuinely renewable non-nuclear options would save more carbon per pound and can out-compete nuclear economically. She says that the report found 165 GW of renewables were added to the world’s power grids in 2018 compared to just 9 GW of nuclear operating capacity and that the cost of new nuclear power has increased by 23% over the last decade, while the costs of solar and wind have fallen by 88% and 69% respectively. Molly, a long-term critic of Hinkley Point C, said: “This is evidence, if more were needed, that the future both in terms of tackling the climate emergency and keeping energy bills down is renewable energy, not nuclear.”
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All this talk of new infrastructure rather forgets our three current grands projets: Heathrow, HS2 and Hinkley Point. They are either late, over-budget or late and over-budget. Not that British ministers are pointing the finger, having signally failed to publicly call out EDF over the national disgrace that Hinkley Point threatens to become. No such problem in France, where over the weekend ministers queued up to harangue EDF for its operational failings and lack of accountability. The sell-off of Britain’s civil nuclear capability was an act of industrial vandalism by the Blair government. To allow a key part of our economic infrastructure to be in the hands of a foreign state remains as perverse as the lack of a Plan B for the nuclear industry.
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The nuclear industry is pointing to Hinkley C as a major opportunity to refresh and diversify the ageing nuclear workforce in the UK. According to Nuclear South West, which promotes the industry in the region, 50 per cent of future recruits across the sector will need to be women in order to meet the target of 40 per cent female representation by 2030. The industry body claims that people from more diverse backgrounds must be encouraged into the sector and that Hinkley Point is the ideal platform with which to do so.
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A new plan to help drive a more diverse workforce into the nuclear sector is being put into place with the hope of attracting younger people and more women into the industry. Fifty percent of recruits to the nuclear sector need to be female if the UK is to reach the target set by the Government in its Nuclear Sector Deal of women making up 40% of the workforce by 2030. An ageing workforce also means skills need to be replaced with a more diverse workforce of people from all backgrounds and sectors to fully represent the population. The current supply chain and opportunities available at such a major project as Hinkley Point C in Somerset are the perfect platform to do this, according to skills experts and will help put the South West at the forefront of the industry worldwide.
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