Somerset is at the forefront of innovations to help the country deliver a low carbon future.

That’s the view of Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economy and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council, who gave the opening address at the prestigious Nuclear South West Conference held this year in Bridgwater.

The theme of the event was innovation. Delegates looked at how ‘new and emerging technologies are creating economic growth’ and ‘how nuclear is helping deliver a low carbon future for the county and UK’.

Presentations covered a wide range of topics including how businesses in Somerset can win contracts with EDF to help build the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station; and the future of the energy market and the need for new technology in the battle against climate change.

Cllr Hall said: “It was a pleasure to see businesses, government, educational institutions and local partners come together to discuss how to make a low carbon future a reality.

“Clean energy and economic growth go hand in hand and Somerset is very well placed to be at the forefront of new innovations and opportunities.

He continued: “Somerset is leading from the front.

"We must anchor the Hinkley Point C legacy if we want our economy to be strong, sustainable and vibrant.”