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Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has praised the Humber’s Industrial Strategy and the region’s role in offshore wind and the move to a net-zero carbon economy.

Addressing businesses at the Institute of Directors yesterday (Wednesday, January 29th), the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy set out her vision for how government and business can work together in the future – using the Humber as a prime example.

Discussing opportunities for growth in the renewables sector, Ms Leadsom said: “Just take offshore wind. Today, Hull makes turbine blades for what will soon be the largest offshore wind farm in the world off the Yorkshire Coast; Grimsby leads the world in offshore wind operations and maintenance, while our Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult recently tested the world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade.”

The Business Secretary added: “Local Industrial Strategies are already making a big difference – and I’m delighted that areas like Humber and the Heart of the South West are making good progress developing their local plans.”

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has developed an Industrial Strategy in conjunction with local partners and the Government, which has now been finalised and sign off on the document is expected shortly.

This strategy confirms the Humber’s ambition to reach net-zero by 2040 – ten years ahead of the UK’s target for 2050 – and sets out how the region can achieve this through clean growth.

The strategy focuses on a co-ordinated approach to decarbonisation across our economy and society; protecting the Humber’s vitally important energy-intensive industries like steel through initiatives such as carbon capture; and making the Humber Energy Estuary a global leader in clean energy.

Chair of the Humber LEP, Lord Chris Haskins, reacted these comments, stating: “It’s great to see the Business Secretary’s support for Local Industrial Strategies and what we are doing on the Humber. I am pleased to see the Government is focused on how local strategies can bring long-term benefits to the UK as a whole.

“The Humber’s strategy, an ambitious commitment to clean growth and accelerating the region’s progress towards net-zero, has had an excellent response from stakeholders and the wider business community, who were consulted with along every step of the process.

“This strategy will shape the direction of the Humber’s economy over the next few decades and we are very much looking forward to not just launching it in the near future – but putting our plans into action.”