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Low-Carbon Industries welcome introduction of Energy Bill

29 November 2012

  • CCSA, NIA and RenewableUK welcome introduction of Bill
  • Associations represent over 1000 members and thousands of sector employees
  • Potential for nearly 100,000 more direct jobs in the next 15 years

The Carbon Capture and Storage Association, the Nuclear Industry Association and RenewableUK welcomed the introduction of the Energy Bill by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt Hon Edward Davey MP this morning.

The three Associations, representing over 1,000 corporate members said the government’s proposals for reforming the electricity market would help to unlock billions in investment in low carbon generation, enable the UK to meet its energy security and climate change targets , and create thousands of jobs.

Over the next 10-15 years around 95,000 jobs could be created across all three sectors.

The Associations today urged politicians across all parties to work together to ensure the UK delivers its energy and industrial potential to the full.

Keith Parker, Chief Executive of the Nuclear Industry Association said: “The Bill provides much needed investment certainty. A major nuclear new build programme will lead to substantial industrial and employment benefits – including considerable opportunities for the UK nuclear supply chain and a boost for UK manufacturing and construction.”

Jeff Chapman, Chief Executive of the Carbon Capture and Storage Associations said: “The publication of this Bill will give a good deal more confidence to those businesses that are developing the UK’s first CCS projects and laying the foundation of a world leading industry.”

Maf Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of RenewableUK said: “This Bill is crucial in setting the investment framework for the next 20 years and ensuring that we can build on our current world lead in offshore wind and marine technologies, and guarantee clean domestic power and tens of thousands of green jobs”.

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. The Carbon Capture and Storage Association exists to represent the interests of its members in promoting the Business of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The Association works to raise awareness, both in the UK and internationally, of the benefits of CCS as a viable climate change mitigation option, and the role of CCS in moving towards a low-carbon global economy. It currently has just under 60 members.
  2. The Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) is the trade association and representative voice of Britain’s civil nuclear industry. It represents more than 270 companies including the operators of the nuclear power stations, those engaged in decommissioning, waste management, nuclear liabilities management and all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear equipment suppliers, engineering and construction firms, nuclear research organisations, and legal, financial and consultancy companies.
  3. Breakdown of figures for jobs creation are as follows: 20,000 jobs could be created in Carbon Capture and Storage (by 2020), 30,000 jobs in the nuclear industry (by 2025) and nearly 45,000 additional direct employees in wind wave and tidal (by 2021 compared to 2010 figures).
  4. Source: Jobs figures are taken from:
    www.ccsassociation.org/press-centre/reports-and-publications/,
    www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/nuclear/new/supply_skills/supply_skills.aspx,
    www.renewableuk.com/en/publications/reports.cfm/Working-for-a-Green-Britain-Volume-2.

 

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RenewableUK is the UK’s leading renewable energy trade association, specialising in onshore wind, offshore wind and wave & tidal energy. Formed in 1978, we have an established, large corporate membership ranging from small independent companies, to large international corporations and manufacturers. Acting as a central point of information and a united, representative voice for our membership, we conduct research; find solutions; organise events, facilitate business development, and promote wind and marine renewables to government, industry, the media and the public. Our vision is for renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK.