• South Wales vying to be world’s first net-zero industrial area

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Zero Carbon Humber, the project which aims to become the world’s first net-zero industrial cluster, appears to have gained some competition within the UK, with the Port Talbot area in South Wales embracing the same ambition. Tata Steel has announced it will be part of efforts to make the South Wales Industrial Cluster the world’s first, with its integrated steel plant at Port Talbot a major facility within the cluster. Other members of the SWIC zero carbon project are Costain, CR Plus, RWE, Progressive Energy, University of South Wales, Celsa Manufacturing, Tarmac, Valero Energy, Progressive Energy, Capital Law, Flexible Process Consultants, the Port of Milford Haven, and Vale Europe. As with the Humber project, the members are to first work on a plan, and will also analyse the infrastructure required for the development of the hydrogen economy, for large scale carbon capture, utilisation and storage, and transport. For Tata Steel, the project is part of its wider strategy to make its European steelmaking business net-zero by 2050.