Companies formally agree to plan for Humber net-zero industrial cluster
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Combustion Industry News Editor
Eleven companies have signed a formal agreement to jointly plan a decarbonised industrial cluster in the Humber region, in the North-East of England, with the aim of it being the world’s first net-zero cluster. The initiative, of which Associated British Ports, Centrica Storage, Drax Group, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, px Group, SSE Thermal, Saltend Cogeneration Company, VPI-Immingham, and Uniper are part, has secured an initial award from the UK’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and aims to maintain the Humber region’s industrial economy throughout this century. Identifying foundational anchor projects is one of the first actions of the plan, which also includes focuses on “maturing options” for carbon capture and storage, using bioenergy with CCS to achieve ‘negative emissions’, and employing hydrogen as a fuel, in both its ‘blue’ and ‘green’ forms. The ambitious plan is an exciting prospect, and would be highly important strategically and environmentally for the UK, as the companies estimate that the project could capture and store as much as 10% of UK carbon dioxide emissions by 2040.