By Humber LEP
Energy is not a new concept to the Humber. In the 1960s many major businesses developed here to take advantage of the abundance of water for cooling purposes. Energy remains an important facet for our processing and manufacturing industries. However, the way it is produced is changing rapidly.
A key goal of the Humber area is to be net-zero carbon by 2040, ten years ahead of the UK’s wider ambition set out by government. In order to achieve this, a holistic approach to tackling energy production and conservation is proposed in the Humber’s Local Industrial Strategy. This challenge can’t be achieved in isolation and requires active participation by a wide range of public and private sector partners, complemented by the positive actions of its residents and institutions.
Work funded by central government has already started to bring together key players to produce an Energy Road Map, guiding the strategic actions required and create the necessary infrastructure to support the clean growth agenda. Given the large volume of heavy industry in the Humber, these actions will not only provide local and national environmental benefits but also a huge draw for investors that need large amounts of power and steam, or simply want to power their business in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way.
A number of these schemes represent an investment in the future, for example the opportunity to build a pipeline to capture the carbon emitted from industry and store it in existing caverns under the North Sea. A partnership between Drax and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will take a big step towards making carbon capture and storage a commercial reality in the Humber, ultimately benefiting not only existing operators but also providing an attractive operational incentive for new manufacturing investments to the region.