A new report published by the Zero Carbon Humber campaign has laid out a detail assessment of how the UK can develop the world’s first zero carbon cluster.
Led by energy companies Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures, Zero Carbon Humber said the proposals could help protect 55,000 jobs and deliver the biggest contribution to the UK’s climate goals of any industrial region.
‘Capture For Growth: A roadmap for the world’s first zero carbon industrial cluster’ sets out how the region could deliver the government’s world-leading ambition to establish the first ‘net zero’ carbon industrial cluster in the UK by 2040, helping the Humber to compete on the world stage by attracting new investment, industries and employment.
The proposals are supported by new analysis by Element Energy which finds that if the world’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster is developed in the Humber region, 53 million tonnes of CO2 a year could be captured – that’s around 15% of the UK’s current annual CO2 emissions.
They would also help save industrial businesses in the region carbon taxes of up to £27.5 billion by 2040 helping to protect jobs and competitiveness.
“The Humber is uniquely well placed to deliver clean growth, and I hope the next Government will get behind the exciting proposals coming forward from the region,” said Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, said: “This plan sets out a clear blueprint of how to get the Humber to net zero – the impact of decarbonising the most carbon intensive region in the country will make a major contribution to the UK reaching its world-leading climate goals. We need to seize this opportunity. Zero starts here.”
Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Midstream & Processing at Equinor, said: “This report sets out how a hydrogen economy can be kick-started from the Humber region and grow across the North of England.
“Hydrogen has a key role to play in the UK reaching net zero by cleaning up industry, heating, transport and power, as well as delivering improved air quality.”
Jon Butterworth, COO of Global Transmission at National Grid Ventures, added: “The government has set out ambitious plans to develop the world’s first zero carbon industry cluster by 2040. We believe this is a challenge that can and should be met.
“By working together across industry sectors, we can protect UK jobs, drive further economic growth and help the country achieve critically important climate goals that will significantly benefit current and future generations.”