Workers’ leaders tonight urge ministers to speed-up publishing their plans for how to fund new nuclear power generation to help slash emissions. Prospect, Unite and the GMB issued a joint statement calling on the Government to “bring forward a long-promised funding solution for new nuclear”. They believe a plan is essential for hitting the UK’s net zero emissions by 2050 target, as world leaders prepare to descend on Glasgow in November for the COP26 climate summit. The unions say they will support “any funding plan that allows swift progress to be made”. Prospect’s senior deputy general secretary Sue Ferns said: “The Government, the Climate Change Committee and the unions all agree that new nuclear must form part of the energy mix for us to be able to meet our future decarbonisation goals. “The primary roadblock to getting new nuclear projects off the ground is the absence of a workable funding model. “That’s why the three biggest unions in nuclear have joined together to demand that the Government stop dithering and bring forward the legislation that will allow vital projects to move ahead. “There have been too many delays in recent years, and now we are in serious danger of losing essential jobs and skills that will be difficult and expensive to replace.
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