Net Zero North West launched to drive green recovery

Net Zero North West launched to drive green recovery

Hydrogen is a key focus of a new powerful collaboration of industry leaders who have joined forces to drive investment into the net zero economy and post Covid-19 green recovery in the North West of England.

CF Fertilisers, Encirc, Essar Oil UK, INOVYN, the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), Peel L&P Environmental, Siemens, Storengy and Tata Chemicals Europe have formed Net Zero North West which is aiming to develop the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030.

Home to the industrial revolution, and hydrogen and carbon capture project HyNet, the North West still has the highest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK, producing 40 million tonnes of CO2 every year.

HyNet has been identified by the Hydrogen All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) as “the leading hydrogen and CCUS project in the UK”.

The project plans to capture carbon from industry and create a pipeline to store it in depleted gas reservoirs in the Irish sea alongside hydrogen production, distribution and storage.

The North West is the only region which already has all the elements required to deliver a low carbon industrial cluster by 2030 – including renewables, hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage, nuclear and smart grids – with a number of projects prime for investment.

Together these projects could save over 10 million tonnes of carbon per year, more than the annual carbon emissions of all the homes in the North West region.

This would make a significant contribution to the UK’s legally binding target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and help to reduce energy costs.

Leading the heavyweight team of industry leaders is Carl Ennis, CEO of Siemens GB & Ireland, who has been announced as the Chair of Net Zero North West.

“Decarbonising the economy in the North West is critical to the success of the UK achieving its net zero target,” Ennis said.

“We were the cradle of the first industrial revolution and The North West has the ingenuity, the skills and the passion to deliver on this vital transformation at the scale and speed needed to succeed.”

“This is not a technology challenge but a policy one and it’s time now for government, national and local, to make good on their policies to lead on decarbonisation.”

“With the support of regional leaders, academia and business, Net Zero North West is providing a strong voice and holistic vision for industrial decarbonisation in the North West.”

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