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UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

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The 10-point Plan, which Johnson unveiled last November, is "a radical and ambitious response" to the economic impact of COVID-19 and is projected to reduce UK emissions by 180 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2023 and 2032, Kwarteng said. It is also expected to create and support up to 250,000 jobs, and mobilise GBP12 billion (USD17 billion) of government investment and up to three times as much from the private sector by 2030.

"We are investing in the UK’s most important asset - our workforce - to ensure that our people have the right skills to deliver the low-carbon transition and thrive in the high-value jobs this will create. This is the case for the engineers and construction workers who will build the new offshore wind farms and nuclear plants to provide clean power to our homes, to the retrofitters who will make homes more comfortable and efficient," Kwarteng said.
 

Nuclear a 'vital partner'


Charlotte Nichols, the Labour Party's MP for Warrington North, said that thousands of her constituents work in the nuclear sector, which only this week has seen students from Warrington University Technical College beginning prestigious degree apprenticeships at Sellafield in Warrington. This is proof, she said, that the sector is "a vital partner" in the skills and levelling-up agendas, meeting the UK's decarbonisation goals and creating high-quality green jobs.

"The government have rightly concluded that we need much more nuclear power in the mix to reach net zero. However, under their watch, three large-scale nuclear projects have been abandoned due to the lack of a financing mechanism, which the government claim to have been working on for four years. Why is nuclear financing more complicated than nuclear science?"

https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-energy-secretary-stresses-nuclears-role-in-deca

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Matt Chester on May 25, 2021

We are investing in the UK’s most important asset - our workforce - to ensure that our people have the right skills to deliver the low-carbon transition and thrive in the high-value jobs this will create. This is the case for the engineers and construction workers who will build the new offshore wind farms and nuclear plants to provide clean power to our homes, to the retrofitters who will make homes more comfortable and efficient

I'm always curious about the speed associated with these plans-- retraining and rejobbing people takes a lot of time and is a long-term commitment. How quickly do they expect to see potential results from this workforce engagement? 

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