Wylfa decision a serious blow to hitting Net Zero

15 September 2020

Prospect have reacted to reports that Hitachi have withdrawn from plans to build a new build nuclear power station at Wylfa in North Wales.

Sue Ferns, senior deputy general secretary of Prospect said:

“This decision from Hitachi is a serious blow to the economy of North Wales and for our chances of hitting Net Zero.  It is another lost opportunity to provide good quality jobs for people who so desperately need them.

“If we are remotely serious about hitting our carbon reduction targets as a country then we need to invest now in proven low carbon technologies, including new nuclear.

“The stark reality is that without replacement nuclear capacity the country faces a potential energy gap of 9-21% at peak winter times.

“The TUC today reaffirmed its commitment to new nuclear as part of a low carbon energy future. It is time for the government to do the same by publishing the Energy White Paper and taking immediate practical steps to support nuclear development, including finding and supporting a new developer for the prime site at Wylfa, and getting properly behind Sizewell C.”