HINKLEY POINT C WILL PROVIDE 7% OF THE UK’S LOW-CARBON ELECTRICITY
Countries like Sweden and France that currently use nuclear and renewables together have already successfully cut their carbon emissions from electricity generation. Countries relying on renewables alone like Germany have spent billions with little impact on emissions and they remain reliant on coal and gas when there is not enough wind and sun. EDF Energy is investing heavily in both renewables and nuclear in Britain and around the world.
It’s the world’s biggest low-carbon electricity company, operating more than 30 wind farms in the UK with plans to double its renewables capacity in the country.
Hinkley Point C is the first in a new generation of nuclear power stations to be built in the UK and the first to be built in a generation. Experience from around the world shows that repeating designs can cut construction and financing costs – that will make successive plants cheaper for consumers.
The electricity generated by Hinkley Point C’s two reactors will offset nine million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. That’s equivalent to taking nearly four million cars off the road annually.
These figures take into account any carbon emissions produced during construction of the power station. Its overall carbon impact is about the same as onshore wind.
When it comes online, Hinkley Point C will provide low-carbon electricity for around six million homes. That’s 7% of the UK’s electricity demand.