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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and membership organisation CATCH are working jointly to develop a Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmap (HIDR) to support the ambition for the Humber Industrial Cluster’s carbon emissions to be net zero by 2040.

As proposed in the LEP’s Clean Growth White Paper last year, a joint bid has been submitted to Innovate UK for funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Phase 1 of the work will include data gathering, feasibility and industrial engagement on the approach to developing a roadmap.  Subject to approval, the development of the roadmap would be funded in Phase 2.

The Humber is home to energy-intensive industries such as steelworks, oil refineries, chemical processing and cement production. As the UK’s highest emitting region, it is vital the Humber industrial cluster can reduce its carbon emissions.

The Humber LEP has set out its targets for decarbonisation in its Local Industrial Strategy proposals, set to be agreed with Government – but these won’t be achievable without industrial decarbonisation at a huge scale.

The aim of the roadmap will be to establish how the Humber can use measures such as Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage and hydrogen fuel switching to achieve decarbonisation.

The roadmap will also capture synergies with related work to decarbonise ports, transport, agriculture and homes amongst others, as set out in the Humber Local Industrial Strategy.

This collaborative approach to creating the Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmap will ensure full engagement from businesses and stakeholders, ensuring that it will be produced in a joined-up way.

To support this work, the Humber LEP is looking to commission a piece of work to acquire and analyse the evidential data required to understand the Humber Industrial Cluster’s CO2 emissions today and develop a range of scenarios for how they might change in the future.

Organisations interested in quoting to undertake this work should respond to the Request for Quotation: RfQ – ISCF Decarbonisation of industrial clusters

Submissions should be received no later than 5pm on Monday 17th February.


Further information

The Innovate UK bid:

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is seeking to invest up to £1 million, split across two competition strands, to support collaborative projects to plan their route to cluster decarbonisation as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation challenge of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

This is the first phase of a 2-phase competition.

In phase 1 projects must develop a plan setting out their proposed approach to phase 2.

In phase 2 up to £8 million will be awarded for the development of industrial cluster decarbonisation roadmaps for major UK industrial clusters. These must set out how a cluster could be decarbonised to net-zero levels, in line with the Industrial Clusters Mission.

About the Humber LEP:

We’re driving the growth of the Humber economy for the benefits of our communities in the four local authority areas of Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The Humber LEP is working with our partners on a new plan for our region – a Humber Industrial Strategy.  This will build on our established strengths and the momentum that our region has started, and also look to new opportunities we have open to us.

In November 2019, we launched our Humber Clean Growth Local White Paper – setting out our vision for clean economic growth across our region.

About CATCH:

Created in 1999 to support the development of the £6 billion Humber chemical and chemistry using sectors, CATCH now boasts members and partners drawn from across the process engineering, energy, engineering and renewable sectors, their associated supply chains, regional and national government agencies and local authorities, including all four Humber local authorities.