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Somerset is a green pioneer and is the UK’s first Transition Local Authority – ensuring that measures to save energy and cut global warming are at the heart of forward planning.

Energy / Environmental Technologies

Somerset is attracting both international investment and specialist SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises), with a number of major energy and environmental initiatives.

This is a diverse sector in which Somerset has developed clear strengths, particularly in renewable energy and nuclear power.

Somerset is a green pioneer and is the UK’s first Transition Local Authority – ensuring that measures to save energy and cut global warming are at the heart of forward planning.  Among its transition towns sharing similar goals, are Frome, Glastonbury, Langport and South Petherton.

Somerset County Council has been proactive in the development of wind power initiatives and other renewables, with a target of 15 % of its sub-regional energy to be renewable by 2010. There have also been pioneering schemes to promote the use of bioethanol.

These initiatives make Somerset a natural home for businesses working with renewable energy, and mean there is an established network of professional expertise on tap and a robust supply chain.

Sustainable construction companies, renewable energy specialists, waste disposal companies, water technology firms and biomass plants are all thriving in Somerset.

Hinkley Point B and the likely development of Hinkley Point C, plus a centre of excellence for decommissioning in Bridgwater College and a centre of excellence for energy, that makes Somerset a key location for further research centres and specialist companies to develop bases in the region.

In addition, the proposed Severn Barrage, which would come ashore in Somerset, opens up an excellent opportunity for inward investment from energy and environmental technology businesses.

The £2.5million Genesis Project, a pioneering sustainable construction scheme and learning centre, is just one example of how Somerset is leading the way in energy and environmental technology education and training. Richard Huish College, in Taunton, among others, runs Environmental Studies courses.