Plans to establish the Humber as a world-leading green industrial hub took a step forward today with the formal submission to government of a joint proposal to enable a Humber Cluster Plan that would deliver net zero emissions across the region by 2040. The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), membership organisation CATCH, and a coalition of eight businesses submitted the joint proposal to Innovate UK as part of the government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund scheme, which forms part of the £350m ‘green recovery’ package announced last month by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The initial bid is for £1.7m from government to support a £2.6m project that would see a comprehensive plan developed to deliver on the net zero emissions by 2040 goal. The bid is backed by British Steel, Centrica, Drax, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, SSE Thermal, and VPI Immingham, bringing together both leading carbon intensive businesses and emerging low carbon infrastructure providers. A wider group of businesses will also be involved in developing the plan, with all energy-intensive industries in the Humber invited to take part, the LEP said. Advocates of the plan maintain the Humber has a critical role to play in the UK’s net zero transition. The region is emits more CO2 than any other industrial cluster in the UK, boasting emissions that are 50 per cent higher than the next largest hub. Moreover, the region is both vulnerable to escalating flood risks, highly dependent on carbon intensive industries, and home to a growing cluster of clean tech specialists, including offshore wind and green fuel developers. The initial study found that the Humber is likely to need both fuel-switching and carbon capture capabilities if it is to achieve the scale of decarbonisation required to meet the UK’s climate goals, as around half of the area’s industrial emissions come from chemical reactions in industry processes and these cannot currently be abated by fuel switching. A decision on the bid is expected in the autumn, with the project set to begin in January. Separate bids for the first projects to deploy a new wave of low carbon infrastructure are due to be submitted in October.
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