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The idea for this project was developed by the Sizewell Community Working Group – local residents and employers in the Suffolk Coastal area thinking optimistically about “what next?” for the region. The emphasis is on innovation and imagination. The project commenced in early 2020 but added poignancy and urgency is provided by the COVID-19 crisis.

This page hosts articles from members of the Working Group, along with access to Further Reading on relevant subjects. An anthology of essays and interviews will be published in early autumn 2020. The project is supported by Sizewell but retains editorial independence and welcomes a broad range of constructive views.

Matthew Gwyther, Editor

Articles

Our Heritage 2040: Slow in Suffolk

By
on 18th September 2020

Amazing to think the Slow Movement is now 34 years old. It’s crawled at a tortoise rather than a...

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Our Heritage 2040: Suffolk: The All Energy Coast?

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on 11th September 2020

The challenge of decarbonisation is immense. While the case for Sizewell C is compelling, it cannot pass without scrutiny...

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East Anglia and the hydrogen vanguard

By
on 11th September 2020

Significant momentum is building around hydrogen as a keystone technology for the transition to a Net Zero economy. While...

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Suffolk’s “energy coast “– a meaningful economic legacy?

By
on 11th September 2020

The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its rural hinterland has stealthily and unthinkingly been...

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A Coming Cultural Suffolk High Tide

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on 11th September 2020

“But that day, as I sat on the tranquil shore, it was possible to believe one was gazing into...

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Our Heritage 2040: A 21st Century Crystal Palace Across East Anglia

By
on 18th August 2020

Covid has cruelly taken tens of thousands before their time, changed the lives of millions forever and brought our...

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Our Heritage 2040: The Future is Slow

By
on 11th August 2020

Slow food, tourism, agriculture, fishing. But maybe faster buses and the odd train.

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Our Heritage 2040: East Anglia – leading the way for Clean Growth

By
on 28th July 2020

What we can expect to have happened to power generation in UK by 2040. What it will take to...

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Our Heritage 2040: Right here, right now

By
on 14th July 2020

Eden Project East? The flora and fauna – and what we could achieve.

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Our Heritage 2040: Sizewell Island – Stewardship and Grandchildren

By
on 23rd June 2020

Our heritage/ your legacy – the importance of stewardship, localism and devolved authority.

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Our Heritage 2040: Joe Chamberlain 6.0

By
on 17th June 2020

What a 21st century, digital coastal Suffolk could learn from 19th century Birmingham.

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Our Heritage 2040: The China Syndrome

By
on 16th June 2020

Why nuclear is here to stay and shouldn’t lead to an emotional or atomic meltdown.

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Our Heritage 2040: Together, We Can Build Back Better

By
on 10th June 2020

A moment of reflection in 2020; pivot towards innovation and a Net Zero future.

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Our Heritage 2040: The Publication

By
on 9th June 2020

This is the current synopsis for Our Heritage 2040, scheduled for publication in September 2020.

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Further Reading

Hinkley Point C Socio-economic Impacts Report 2021

By
on 28th May 2021

‘In the year that Glasgow hosts the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, all eyes are on Britain’s commitment to...

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Sizewell C can deliver social good for Suffolk

By
on 3rd December 2020

“How do we begin to level up the county and prioritise the hidden needs that exist in Suffolk?” In...

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Powering Up for the Future: From Consumption to Optimisation

By
on 30th November 2020

Laura Sandys, CEO Challenging Ideas, this week launches the first episode and headline findings of her latest report ReCosting Energy....

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Jobs Not Snobs: How Workers are the True Climate Heroes

By
on 25th November 2020

“Politicians and celebrities can debate climate policies until the cows come home, but the reality is that working-class labourers...

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Reforming Offshore Wind

By
on 17th November 2020

The following document, shared here by James Cartlidge MP, Member of Parliament for South Suffolk, is a joint MP...

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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Manifesto

By
on 2nd November 2020

Since its foundation in 1884, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has been the leading voice of business and commercial civic...

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Pride in place: unlocking every area’s potential

By
on 2nd November 2020

“Every area has potential. Every place has something to take pride in.” This article by Hannah Webster, Senior Researcher,...

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Engineering Net Zero

By
on 27th October 2020

Discussing what is achievable in engineering terms on the journey to Net Zero, we share here the Atkins ‘Engineering...

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WildEast: The Mission

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on 15th September 2020

Looking to the future, the 50-year long WildEast project aims to make East Anglia one of “the world’s great nature reserves”...

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‘An escape route into another world’: canoeing in Suffolk

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on 15th September 2020

This article by Patrick Barkham discusses the captivating experience of canoeing along the clear waters of the Waveney. Read...

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‘Unexplored England’ Campaign backed by UK Government

By
on 2nd September 2020

Tourism, Visitor Attractions and Hospitality sectors need all the help they can get to ensure that they can navigate...

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H2 Go! The hydrogen revolution

By
on 1st September 2020

This article from the Eureka, by Paul Fanning, discusses some of the ways in which the mainstream use of hydrogen...

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The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

By
on 1st September 2020

This article from the WIRED, by Daniel Oberhaus, discusses the potential necessity of Microreactors in order to meet sustainability...

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Californians face dark, hot summer as green energy is sapped

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on 19th August 2020

This article from the FT argues that ill-preparedness in the switch to renewable energy may leave millions in California...

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Hydrogen East

By
on 11th August 2020

Tuesday 28th July saw the launch of Hydrogen East whose goal is to bring together interested parties and key...

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Net Zero Leiston

By
on 11th August 2020

Troy Fielder is currently undertaking an industrial placement in the Sizewell C Financing and Economic Regulation team. He is...

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Holding back the sea

By
on 28th July 2020

This article from the BBC covers the commencement of the dismantling of Orfordness Lighthouse as the sea edges ever...

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The WildEast Project

By
on 2nd July 2020

Looking to the future, the 50-year long WildEast project aims to make East Anglia one of “the world’s great...

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How can cities govern and benefit from digital technologies in the global urban age?

By
on 1st July 2020

This publication, a result of a collaboration between Demos Helsinki and the four biggest cities of Finland: Espoo, Helsinki,...

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Seven lessons from seven cities

By
on 1st July 2020

Sizewell Community Working Group member, Derek Wyatt was an interviewee for The Future of Scotland series. These ‘Seven lessons...

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“I love renewables but I’m also pro-arithmetic”

By
on 30th June 2020

This TEDx talk from physicist David Mackay is also well worth a watch. How do we wean Britain off...

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Time for Change?

By
on 29th June 2020

How realistic is the ambition of delivering a Net Zero carbon economy by 2050, 2040 or 2035? How reliable...

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“We’re not in a clean energy revolution; we’re in a clean energy crisis”

By
on 23rd June 2020

Michael Shellenberger explains why it's time to overcome longstanding fears of the technology, and why he and other environmentalists...

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