An industrial cluster in the Humber region could capture 15% of the UK’s current annual CO2 emissions and support thousands of jobs.
On 5 November, the Zero Carbon Humber campaign – led by the likes of Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures – published, Capture For Growth: A roadmap for the world’s first zero carbon industrial cluster, in which it set out the extent of the contribution the cluster could make to the UK’s climate goals. The proposals, supported by analysis from Element Energy, found that the cluster could capture 53mn tonnes of CO2 every year, saving industrial businesses in the region up to £27.5bn in carbon taxes up to 2040. It also would be capable of protecting 55,000 industrial jobs.
The campaign called on all parties to adopt the roadmap in their manifestos for government ahead of the December election.
Will Gardiner, CEO Drax Group, said: “The race to cut carbon emissions is one we can win. 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.”