6 Jun 13

Statement on the sentencing of the West Burton protestors

Protestors who broke into the West Burton gas power station last October were arrested by Nottinghamshire Police and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service. Today’s sentencing was solely a matter for the Magistrates’ Court.

EDF Energy’s civil case against the protestors was settled in March after they agreed to accept a permanent injunction preventing them from entering multiple EDF Energy sites. Following this agreement, the company dropped its claim for civil damages against the protestors.

EDF Energy has invited a range of groups and individuals – including No Dash For Gas - to discuss the company’s response to such demonstrations in future. This is being led by Will Hutton, Chairman of EDF Energy’s independent Stakeholder Advisory Panel, alongside panel member, Tamara Ingram. They will also be supported by an independent legal adviser. An advisory report will be presented to the Panel and the findings will be published in due course.

We share the protestors’ commitment to tackling climate change. That’s why we have committed to reducing the intensity of CO2 emissions from our electricity production by 60% by 2020, and cutting the proportion of CO2 arising from our customers' energy consumption by 15% by 2020. We are Britain’s largest generator of low carbon electricity and our plans to build four new nuclear reactors could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes.