Low Carbon Future: ‘Somerset is Leading the Way’

Somerset is at the forefront of innovations to help the country deliver a low carbon future.

That’s the view of Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economy and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council, who gave the opening address at the prestigious Nuclear South West Conference held this year in Bridgwater.

The theme of the event was innovation. Delegates looked at how new and emerging technologies are creating economic growth and how the nuclear industry is helping deliver a low carbon future for the county and UK.

Presentations covered a wide range of topics including:

  • How businesses in the South West and Somerset can win contracts with EDF to help build the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station
  • The future of the energy market and the need for new technology in the battle against climate change
  • How Somerset and the South West are at the centre of this future, with advanced manufacturing, a strong and growing supply chain, and exciting research and development into new energy technologies.

Already over £1.2bn has been spent across the region creating skills, jobs and equipping businesses with the knowledge to compete in this high-tech market.

Councillor Hall said: “It was a pleasure to see businesses, government, educational institutions and local partners come together to discuss how to make a low carbon future a reality.

“Clean energy and economic growth go hand in hand and Somerset is very well placed to be at the forefront of new innovations and opportunities.

He continued: “Somerset is leading from the front because it is the home of the first of a new generation of nuclear power stations. Being first in line means that we are growing new skills and new technologies, and this will mean the businesses and workers of Somerset are going to be in high demand for many years to come.  We must anchor the Hinkley Point C legacy if we want our economy to be strong, sustainable and vibrant.”