Unite People’s Co-Founder, Ross Bayston, reflects on becoming a member of the new Sizewell C Consortium.
We are delighted to become a member of the new Sizewell C Consortium which launched in July. Sizewell C presents a unique opportunity to contribute to a swift and green recovery as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. It is a British project delivered by British suppliers, ready to create 25,000 new job opportunities and 1,000 new apprenticeships. The project will deliver a £14 billion stimulus for the whole national economy with 90% of the nuclear industry is based outside London.
Many of these jobs will be highly skilled and help deliver an expert domestic nuclear supply chain, capable of building low-carbon, secure nuclear power in the UK for generations to come. Our workers have already been developing their skills on the Hinkley Point C project. Sizewell C is the next step on this journey.
The project can also help to combat the other challenge of our time: climate change. By providing 7% of the UK’s energy needs through low-carbon electricity, Sizewell C can keep the UK in total control of our transition to net zero. Reliable, always-on nuclear generation can underpin and unleash renewables helping us make fundamental progress towards net-zero by reducing emissions and limiting our reliance on overseas imports.