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Torness workers beach cleaning

Torness workers carry out local beach clean

Posted March 01, 2024

A group of workers from Torness power station came together recently to carry out a beach clean.  

Staff from the Environmental Safety and Quality Management Groups spent the morning picking up litter at Thorntonloch beach.  

Joined by the station’s Wildlife Manager, the team collected a staggering 20 bags of rubbish from the beach in just 90 minutes.  

The rubbish collected included nets, plastic bottles, polystyrene foam, textiles, tyres, lobster traps, metal, and rope.  

Environmental Safety Engineers Heather Gore and Clare Galloway arranged the beach clean.   

Clare Galloway said: “It was great to see staff volunteer to help but disheartening to see the volume of rubbish collected on such a beautiful strip of coastline in such a short amount of time  

The litter we collected had the potential to cause harm to marine life. Hopefully by removing it we will help to improve the health of the local ecosystem and create a more pleasant local environment for all beach users.  

Thorntonloch, which is just a short walk from the power station, is a beautiful sandy beach popular for fishing, surfing and spotting wildlife.  

From the beach you can access the John Muir Link which runs from Dunbar to Cockburnspath and see many fascinating geological features such as the sandstone arches and waterfall at Bilsdean. 

The beach cleaning work was carried out through EDF Energy’s ‘Helping Hands’ scheme which allows staff to take two paid days off a year to help out in the local community or an environmental cause. 


About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission, electric future and tackling climate change. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity(1) and supplies millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from five nuclear power stations and more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and there are advanced plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes.

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with more than 1.5GW of renewable generation in operation and almost 14GW in planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity, selling energy back to the grid or installing a heat pump. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Dalkia, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 14,000 people at locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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