Major funding secured for plan to decarbonise UK’s Humber region

Major funding has been secured for the Humber Cluster Plan – a decarbonisation plan for the UK’s Humber region.

A total of £1.7 million (€1.89 million) in government funding has been secured for the plan, which will show how the Humber cluster can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, potentially making it the first in the world to do so.

The joint bid by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and CATCH also involves eight private sector partner organisations - Drax, British Steel, Centrica, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, SSE Thermal, and VPI Immingham – and was submitted to Innovate UK as part of the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge Fund scheme, forming part of the £350 million (€389 million) green recovery package announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July 2020.

Stephen Parnaby OBE, chair of the Humber LEP, said: “We are thrilled our funding bid for the Humber Cluster Plan has been successful.

“This is a significant opportunity to achieve industrial decarbonisation at a large scale in our region, which has the potential to protect important jobs while helping us to achieve our net-zero ambitions by 2040.

“This successful outcome has only been possible with the support of our industry partners, who have illustrated there is a huge appetite in the Humber to innovate, collaborate, and strive for solutions to create a cleaner, greener future for our vital industries.”

“We are delighted that our collaboration with the Humber LEP and industrial partners to form the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan has been successful in securing funding to deliver a route to net-zero by 2040 for the region’s industrial decarbonisation activities,” said David Talbot, CEO of CATCH.

“CATCH membership represents some of the UK’s highest CO2 emitters and we look forward to developing the region’s ambitions to deliver a plan that is central to tackling the net-zero challenge.

“Our industry in the Humber region is strategically important and today’s announcement will ensure that existing industry is sustainable, while attracting new innovative green businesses to the region and upskilling, protecting, and creating jobs for the local community.”

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