Supporting the environment

Hinkley Point C is playing a vital role in the road to Net Zero even before it starts producing zero-carbon electricity for six million homes. With impact on the environment being minimised during construction, the project is committed to increasing biodiversity and leaving nature in a better state than before for wildlife and, of course, people.

Whether it’s creating new habitats for wildlife across the main and associated development sites, funding projects which protect the environment or hiring passionate people who care, Hinkley Point C is working to deliver on its commitment to the environment.

Crane simulator takes training to new levels

To enjoy a career as a crane operative takes extensive training and logging hundreds of hours of hands-on practice. But training on such expensive equipment and in a safety-critical environment like the Hinkley Point C project can be challenging. 

Latest construction activity

Find out about some of the exciting progress that is being made in the construction of Hinkley Point C's twin reactors.

From solo start-up to booming business

When Plugged in last spoke to businesswoman Holly Buckingham back in 2018, she was dishing up food and coffees at two cafés. Now, with support from Hinkley Point C, she has four local venues, with a fifth on the way.

Funding brings park project to life

There’s now something for everyone to enjoy at the beautifully reimagined and refurbished North Petherton Memorial Playing Field. Following an £80,000 grant from the HPC Community Fund, the site has become a real draw for the local community.

A safer way to help a local hospice

A children’s hospice in Somerset is the latest charity to benefit from a scheme at Hinkley Point C that encourages team members to look after the safety of themselves and others.

Efficiencies in the making

Lessons learnt during the construction of the project’s first nuclear reactor are helping the team on site to build the second one quicker while improving quality.

Low-carbon energy on the agenda

The need for reliable, low-carbon energy will be thrown into the spotlight in November as the eyes of the world turn to Glasgow, host city for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Explore Exmoor

The project supports local tourism through the Hinkley Tourism Action Partnership. £22,000 from the partnership’s £2.45 million pot has been awarded to help Exmoor National Park create a suite of new self-guided walks, and an interactive website to promote them.

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Rob's welcome

It’s continued to be a testing year in terms of Covid-19 and the impact it has upon us all, but I feel proud about what we have achieved so far at Hinkley Point C. 

This includes our environmental works – and you can read more about this in our special feature. Our team of specialists are committed to protecting local wildlife and ecology while meeting our commitments to long-term sustainability.

Hinkley Point C has recently passed an important milestone, by welcoming our 750th apprentice onto our project. It’s helping us to create a positive legacy by equipping a generation with the skills to excel. You can read more about the positive impacts of Hinkley Point C here.

Please get in touch with the Plugged in team if you have any stories or feedback you'd like to share.

Rob Jordan
Hinkley Point C Site Construction and Civils Director

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