LEPs from across the North are uniting behind future energy and clean growth opportunities for the region at a major conference in Hull next week.
The North of England is already home to innovative projects and solutions for achieving Net Zero and the NP11 Energy & Clean Growth conference and exhibition will bring leading businesses and local authorities together to showcase this.
The NP11, a collaboration of the eleven Northern LEPs, which cover 76 local authorities, is holding this conference to showcase the innovation, leadership and opportunities across the North of England in energy, decarbonisation, transition and clean growth.
With the UK set to host COP26, a major, international summit on climate change next year, the north of England is looking to cement its place at the heart of this debate.
A northern-wide NP11 Energy & Clean Growth Strategy will also be unveiled at the conference which will set out opportunities for the North to collaborate and work together going forward.
The ambition is to attract Government and international business investment in the area and demonstrate that the North of England must be at the heart of the UK’s strategy to achieving its Net Zero carbon emission targets.
Confirmed speakers include MP Emma Hardy, UK Government Special Representative for Climate Change Nick Bridge, Incoming CEO, Siemens UK & Ireland Carl Ennis, Director of The Northern Powerhouse Partnership Henri Murison and CEO of the Energy Institute Louise Kingham OBE.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, who are hosting the conference, said: “We are proud to be hosting this first-of-its-kind event, which is a fantastic opportunity to show the wider world what we have on offer across the North of England.
“I am delighted that eleven Northern LEPs are coming together to organise this event. This demonstrates that, through collaboration, we can become a world leading region in energy and clean growth.”
Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, said: “It’s great to see business leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse coming together to discuss how best to seize all the opportunities of clean growth.”
Carl Ennis, Incoming CEO of Siemens, said: “The Northern Powerhouse with its industrial heritage and potential is uniquely placed to lead the next digital industrial revolution. Siemens is sponsoring the Northern Power House Energy Conference in Hull as we want to be a partner of choice to help local authorities achieve this transformation. I am looking forward to taking part at the Conference and am particularly passionate about the potential for business and government working together to achieve carbon neutrality in the region which would have a dramatic, positive affect locally in terms of jobs and sustainable growth and also to the UK meeting its overall decarbonisation targets.”
Duncan Clark, Programme Director for Orsted’s Hornsea One and Two, said: “Orsted is committed to promoting the North of England in the clean energy sector, having recently opened the world’s largest offshore wind operations and maintenance facility in Grimsby. It is our vision to create a world that runs entirely on green energy and we hope that this conference will make waves in turning this vision into a reality.”
Karl Smyth, Group Head of Policy and Government Relations at Drax, said: “This energy conference will be a fantastic opportunity for the North of England to showcase its strength and capabilities in energy and outline a vision for decarbonising the region to support a net zero carbon economy by 2050.”
The conference takes place at Hull’s Bonus Arena on November 5 and 6. The event includes a full exhibition, as well as speakers in the main hall and several breakout rooms. Tuesday will see delegates attend a welcome drinks reception hosted by Marketing Humber, while on Wednesday a grand gala dinner will be taking place at Hull Minster.
To book your free place at the conference and to find out more about the speakers and the full agenda, visit npenergyconference.com