Humber has 'unique opportunity' to be global leader in clean energy

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Mar 2019

The Humber region will today set out an exciting new vision to be a global leader in decarbonisation.

Marketing Humber has teamed up with the University of Hull and the Humber LEP in a bid to tackle the greatest challenge facing the planet.

A new long-term campaign, called “The Waterline” will be unveiled at a special event at Hull Minster on Thursday evening, as the region looks to build on its strengths in green energy.

The Humber area is one of the coastal regions around the world officially listed as being at high risk due to rising sea levels and increased flood threat.

Andy Parkinson, chair at Marketing Humber, said: “There is no bigger challenge facing the planet than climate change and, here in the Humber, we have a unique opportunity to address it. In fact, we have a pressing need to do so, as a coastal region threatened by rising sea levels.

The new strategy will be unveiled at Hull Minster (Richard Howlett)

“The Humber is making significant progress against carbon targets, particularly how energy is generated. However, we must now focus on the wider impacts of climate change and all businesses should support this campaign and the development of the Industrial Strategy being led by the LEP.

“This is about Marketing Humber working as a collaborative force, bringing together business, the University, the LEP, local authorities and other public sector organisations, because you cannot achieve such significant change without everyone working together.”

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The three organisations behind “The Waterline” will combine to develop a long-term plan on how the Humber can become a truly carbon-neutral economy.

Marketing Humber is also expected to launch a London Humber Ambassadors Club, made of senior politicians, civil servants and industry leaders with significant links or affinity to the Humber.

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Prescott will speak at the event

The group will support the Humber’s Industrial Strategy, currently being prepared by the LEP.

Kishor Tailor, chief executive at the Humber LEP, said: “This campaign being launched by Marketing Humber supports the vision being developed for the Humber region as a national leader on clean energy.

“It is fantastic that we are getting support from Marketing Humber to drive this forward.”

Read more: Green energy boss Mark O'Reilly returns as head judge for 2019 Renewables Awards

As the UK hub for offshore wind, the Humber is already making a significant contribution to a sustainable green energy future.

The University of Hull is working with key players from industry, academia, government and other key stakeholders to make the region a hotbed of research, talent and innovation through the Aura partnership.

Aura was recently hailed as an exemplar in the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

Dr David Richards, pro vice-chancellor of research and enterprise at the University of Hull, said: “The Waterline is of critical importance – it’s up to us to take action to make the transition to a zero-carbon future, whilst at the same time growing our economy.

“I look forward to working with partners to make this happen."

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