Julia Pyke, Finance and Economic Regulation Director, Sizewell C EDF: A fleet of replica power stations after Sizewell B would have brought huge benefits for the environment. The UK should not miss the opportunity for cost reductions, job creation and carbon savings that Sizewell C offers. In the 25 years since Sizewell B started generating electricity, it has prevented at least 75 million tonnes of carbon from being pumped into the atmosphere. That’s how much would have been emitted if gas had been used instead of Sizewell’s clean nuclear power. When Sizewell B was built, plans were in place for another power station, Sizewell C, to sit alongside it, this time with two of the reactors built at Sizewell B. If the Government at the time had followed through with its plans, there would have been a huge environmental benefit: the low-carbon power provided by a Sizewell C follow-on to Sizewell B would have reduced the UK’s carbon emissions throughout the 2000s, leading to a total reduction of a further 120 million tonnes – that’s about the same as taking all of today’s traffic off the entire road network for a year.
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