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Government “must step-up” to secure energy future at Sizewell C

26 Sep 2021
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Following reports that UK Government Ministers are ready to remove the 20 per cent stake held by China General Nuclear (CGN) in the Sizewell ‘C’ nuclear project, GMB National Officer Andy Prendergast said:

“There will be no net zero by 2050 without new nuclear, and there will be no “just transition” without the tens of thousands of jobs that would be supported by the delivery of vital low-carbon energy projects like Sizewell ‘C’.

“But the UK Government was well-warned before by GMB about the precariousness surrounding the Chinese state’s investment in the delivery of our future energy infrastructure, and now those chickens are coming home to roost.

“In the grip of a growing energy crisis, urgency is required - the last generation of work-horse nuclear power stations that have helped keep the lights on and delivered prosperity in working-class communities will soon start decommissioning.

“For the sake of a green jobs transition, security of supply, and net zero ambitions, the government must step-up with the necessary funding formula and legislation to help secure our energy future.”

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