Protecting the Environment
Hinkley Point C will provide reliable low-carbon electricity to 6 million homes for 60 years, playing a critical role in reaching net-zero and the latest carbon reduction targets set out by the government.
Whilst the new power station will make a substantial contribution to the fight against climate change throughout operation, the construction process has also been designed to minimise impact as far as possible. The project is focussed on reducing emissions, reducing the volumes of materials used, managing water resources effectively, reducing and reusing waste, and protecting and increasing biodiversity.
The number of diesel generators we use has dropped considerably so that around 80% of the site is now on mains electricity – heavily reducing emissions and improving air quality. The use of electric vehicles continues to expand as the charging infrastructure grows; Bylor, the main civil engineering contractor, is operating electric vans and Somerset Passenger Solutions is using electric vehicles for the project’s fly-parking inspection team.
A total of 40,000 trees and shrubs have also been planted around the site and plans are in place for a final restoration of the southern landscaping area, which will further improve the biodiversity value of the area.