Businesses invited to first Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Conference

18:31, Wednesday, 25th May 2022

Key organisations involved in decarbonisation projects across the Humber region are coming together for the first time to promote opportunities for students and businesses.

Phillips 66, SSE, Drax, Centrica, Equinor, National Grid Ventures and VPI-Immingham will be among those exhibiting at the first Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Conference, being held as part of Humber Business Week.

The free event will take place at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on Tuesday 7 June and is an opportunity for SME and supply chain businesses to understand the impact of these huge, multi-billion-pound infrastructure projects, which will capture carbon dioxide before it goes into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.

The Humber emits 40 per cent of the nation’s total carbon emissions and holds a key to the Government hitting its 2050 net zero ambition.

It also an important focus of North Lincolnshire Council’s pledge to go Net Zero by 2030, part of the ambitious Green Future policy pledge.

This includes local support for the development of public/private partnerships to develop and best environmental practice across the region and ensuring a greater use of renewable energy across all sectors.

The conference is being organised by the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan (HICP), supported by Phillips 66 and VPI combined heat and power plant.

Katie Hedges, Director of Low Carbon Strategy at CATCH in Stallingborough and engaged by the HICP, is delighted by the interest generated by the conference.

“This event will bring together key stakeholders who are actively involved with decarbonisation activities and projects in the Humber region,” she said.

The Humber: A 2030 Vision for Industrial Decarbonisation Map, created in collaboration with Marketing Humber, is being brought to life, with companies featured on the map taking exhibition space and hosting breakout sessions.

“The Humber Industrial Cluster plan, led by the HEY LEP and CATCH, alongside industrial partners, will showcase what is happening in the region, the opportunities available and provide visitors with access to key people from prominent companies across the decarbonisation space.”

The map brings together the breath of infrastructure, carbon sequestration capacity, hydrogen storage and production plus highlights the vast potential for skills, job creation and huge investment bolstering the local and UK economy.

In the morning, hundreds of students from schools and colleges across the region will have a chance to discuss careers in decarbonisation.

Businesses who wish to attend the afternoon session, between 12.30 and 4pm, can book via Eventbrite and searching for Baths Hall.

Picture: Katie Hedges, from the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan, with the map being brought to life at the conference.