11 January 2024
Aldous calls for investment in skills and infrastructure to support region’s energy sector

Peter Aldous highlights the potential East Anglia, Suffolk and Lowestoft have to significantly contribute to UK energy security, affordability, and net zero goals through projects like Sizewell C, offshore wind, and hydrogen. He calls on the Government to invest in skills training at East Coast College and infrastructure upgrades in Lowestoft port to ensure that this huge potential is recognised.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)

I welcome the statement and the publication of the three documents. With Sizewell C, as well as offshore wind and hydrogen, East Anglia, Suffolk and Lowestoft will play a vital strategic role in enhancing our energy security, keeping bills low and driving forward the transition to net zero. To enable the local area to play this lead role to the maximum advantage of local people and local businesses, does my hon. Friend recognise the vital importance of investment in skills at East Coast College and investment in infrastructure, such as in the port of Lowestoft?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero (Andrew Bowie)

Absolutely. My hon. Friend is spot on. I was very happy to visit East Anglia last year and see for myself the investment Sizewell C is making in the local community and in local colleges, supporting young people who want to get into the new high-skilled jobs that will be produced through the development of projects such as Sizewell C. I am very happy to announce that I will be visiting East Anglia again on Monday to see the progress that has been made at Sizewell C. He is absolutely right that the benefits that accrue locally through investment in nuclear, at large scale and at small modular scale, are unprecedented. That is one of the things that I hope comes out of today: yes we are talking about our energy security and yes we are talking about reaching net zero, but the impact locally to communities through investment in new nuclear is unprecedented. I am very excited to see what it brings in the years ahead.