The first ever Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference and exhibition attracted over 800 delegates across the two days – making it the biggest event of its kind to take place in the UK.
Over 130 speakers from across all aspects of the energy sector travelled to Hull for the two day conference on November 5th and 6th – attracting people from all corners of the UK and beyond.
The conference was hailed as a “huge success” by both delegates and the other NP11 LEP chairs – the Local Enterprise Partnerships making up the Northern Powerhouse – who thanked the Humber LEP for hosting the event on their behalf.
The conference also saw the publication of the NP11’s report into clean growth for the Northern Powerhouse, which set out the potential economic opportunities available if a clean growth strategy is implemented across the north– including adding more than £2bn per year to the energy economy in the region by 2050 and creating around 100,000 new green jobs by 2050.
Zero Carbon Humber – a consortium made up of Drax, Equinor and National Grid Ventures also chose the conference to launch its own strategy – the Capture for Growth Report – which outlined exactly how the Humber could become the world’s first zero carbon industrial cluster. Zero Carbon Humber’s plans could help protect 55,000 industrial jobs by helping firms decarbonise, saving £27.5bn in carbon taxes by 2040.
The Humber LEP also set out its own clean growth White Paper before the conference – setting out its plans for clean growth development across the Humber.
At the conference, representatives from all 11 LEPs spoke about topics specific to their areas –from nuclear power and geothermal heat to tidal power and offshore wind, discussing exactly how we can collaborate to make sustainable changes and reduce our carbon emissions while protecting valuable jobs and industries.
While there was much consensus built up across the two days on different aspects of energy generation and clean growth, the key point all delegates and speakers were agreed on was that now is the time to join together and act.
Chair of the Humber LEP, Lord Chris Haskins, said: “The Humber LEP is very pleased to host this conference on behalf of the other Northern Powerhouse LEPs. We hope everyone who attended this event found our sessions both enlightening and inspiring and we also hope the event has given people the drive to make the changes they need to make in their organisations, industries and daily lives to help the UK reach its net zero targets.
“Not only this, but we were thrilled to see this many people come to Hull – this conference has put the Humber on the map and has been a brilliant opportunity for people to see first-hand the gains that have been made in clean growth in our region and the fantastic opportunities we have here on our doorstep.”
Organiser Richard Royal, Energy Lead at the Humber LEP, said: “It’s been a real privilege to host such a major event in the Humber, showcasing our region’s expertise in energy and clean growth, as well as our ability to put on successful events of this scale.
“We’ve had two days of superb debate and discussion on a wide range of topics, which we hope will act as a catalyst for greater action, investment and productivity in the sector across the Humber and the North.”