The Humber LEP published its Humber Clean Growth Local White Paper in November 2019 to set out its vision for clean growth in the region.
This ambitious plan aims to put the Energy Estuary at the forefront of what LEP Chair Lord Haskins called “the biggest global question today” – addressing climate change while maintaining economic growth.
The Humber Clean Growth Local White Paper confirms the region’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, which had been proposed in the consultation the LEP launched at its annual business summit in June. Currently the Humber has the highest carbon emissions of any UK industrial cluster.
To achieve this, commitments include:
- The Humber LEP and industry body CATCH will lead the development of a roadmap for reducing industrial emissions, with an initial funding bid to be submitted to Government next month.
- A group of leading academic and business experts will be recruited to advise on the region’s plans, with a “Net Zero Commission” due to get under way early next year.
- SMEs will be offered additional decarbonisation and energy efficiency support through the LEP’s Business Growth Hub, subject to final funding approval.
- The LEP will work with industry, transport firms and other potential users to develop the demand for hydrogen fuel – with a view to also attracting clean production to the region, adding to the area’s existing chemicals cluster.
- The Humber LEP will work with neighbouring LEPs in North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to support the area’s large food and agriculture sector to decarbonise.
- The LEP will continue existing work with the offshore wind industry to develop the local supply chain, and with businesses seeking to develop carbon capture and storage in the region.
The White Paper also calls for support from the Government, including:
- Working with the area to explore the financing models and business and community incentives required to support decarbonisation.
- Supporting international marketing of the Humber’s proposition for clean growth in order to attract more new investment to the area.
- Backing the University of Hull-led bid to the Strength in Places Fund as a first step towards increasing local energy innovation capacity.
Further actions will be set out in the Humber Local Industrial Strategy, alongside commitments on key sectors including engineering and assembly, logistics and tech, as well as cross-cutting issues like infrastructure and skills.