Plans for the Humber cluster to potentially become the first in the world to reach net zero by 2040 have taken a step forward.
On 10 August, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Catch and partner organisations from the private sector, submitted a joint bid for funding to Innovate UK under the government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund. They are seeking £1.658mn to develop the Humber Cluster Plan (HCP), which will move the Humber closer to achieving large-scale decarbonisation, with businesses across the region working to find effective and lasting solutions.
The HCP follows initial funding from Innovate UK in April, which enabled the first phase of feasibility work on the plan to decarbonise the cluster. This found it is likely to need both fuel-switching, such as to hydrogen, and carbon capture to achieve the level of decarbonisation required. The HCP will be informed by ongoing work on proposed industry-led decarbonisation investments, while also having access to industrial expertise which demonstrates how decarbonisation can be achieved while ensuring the local economy continues to thrive.
The Humber LEP explained that a phased approach will see near-term deliverable investments that see quick results prioritised, meaning the Humber’s emissions are significantly reduced by 2030. It will map out how CCS and hydrogen infrastructure can be scaled up over time and identify the full range of interventions needed to achieve net zero by 2040. The HCP will further identify actions the region can take to accelerate the green recovery – including opportunities for inward investment and those looking to diversify to take advantage of low carbon infrastructure.
A decision on the bid is expected in the autumn with the project set to begin in January.