Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, is among the high-profile speakers participating in a digital event next month focussed on driving towards a zero carbon future in the Humber.
The Waterline Summit 2020 will build on the growing momentum across the estuary to embrace pioneering technologies, attract significant investment and create jobs in a green growth economy.
Leading names from the national media, government and finance as well as sustainability experts will come together at the event to position the region at the forefront of the global transition to a zero-carbon economic model.
The event will showcase the Humber’s innovative expertise and focus on how to develop and finance transformational projects.
It will take place next month, following a highly-successful inaugural The Waterline Summit last year which brought together businesses, community groups, colleges and schools to show how the world’s biggest threat is also the region’s biggest opportunity.
With COVID-19 restrictions preventing large public gatherings, Marketing Humber is this year staging the event online, together with event partners the University of Hull and Yorkshire Water.
The virtual summit will be fully interactive, using the vFairs exhibition platform to give attendees an immersive experience where they can browse exhibition stands and attend talks from home, the office or classroom. Participants will also be able to submit questions and comments to join the debate.
Andy Parkinson, Chair of Marketing Humber, the organisation that promotes the Humber on the national and international stage, said: “The first event last year was a tremendous success that really brought the region together and rallied support for the commitment to achieve a zero-carbon economy.
“It provided an opportunity for organisations across the Humber to share ideas, which led to a number of tangible and deliverable projects. We’ll be sharing the results of these during this year’s summit.
“The pandemic means we won’t be able to physically bring everyone together in the same way we did last year but, working with our partners, we’ve organised a truly interactive digital experience that will enable participants to immerse themselves in the event.
“Climate change is the world’s biggest threat, but it also presents a once in a generation opportunity for our region. It has never been more important for us to work together for this common purpose and seize it.”
The flagship event for decarbonisation will take place from 19 – 23 October.