Chamber signs up to help reach ‘carbon neutral’ challenge

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Dr Kelly, left, with Will Gardiner, the CEO of Drax Group.

Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Dr Ian Kelly has signed a pledge to be part of a partnership seeking to make the Humber one of the world’s first carbon neutral economies.

The Chamber commitment will make it part of a group involving Drax Group plc, the National Grid, and specialist carbon capture experts Equinor, to an ambition

Dr Kelly said: “The Humber’s economy was still a heavy polluter because of its current role as the UK’s Energy Estuary focused on keeping the wheels of northern industry turning and the UK’s lights on at night.

“But we are also at the cutting edge of a carbon reducing transformation thanks to the new offshore renewables industry led by Orsted, Siemens, ABP and others.

“These are exciting times for our part of the world and we are keen for all businesses in the Humber to play their parts in creating a more environmentally-friendly future.”

The Chamber, which created the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership in 2012 to unlock business-friendly Enterprise Zones to support the renewables sector, is delighted that a refreshed carbon capture offer from Drax and its national partners will now pioneer a new ambition for a Zero Carbon Humber which could lead the world.

The Humber economy generates £18bn each year for the UK economy, driven largely by its expertise in industrial processes. The Humber’s industrial economy is the biggest in the UK, employing 55,000 people and by 2030 the UK would need to be storing 10-million tonnes of CO2 per year to stay on track to achieve a net zero economy.