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North of England to make “huge contribution” to UK Net Zero targets

A major study has set out the essential role the North of England will play over the coming years in meeting the UK’s decarbonisation targets. 

A report for the NP11, a collaboration of the eleven Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships that cover 76 local authorities, has identified the north’s strategically important role in offshore wind, new nuclear, CCUS and hydrogen. It states that “co- ordinated action from the NP11 can deliver significant low carbon energy growth” which can achieve: 

  • Reducing the region’s carbon emissions from 50% by 2032 against 2005 levels 
  • Adding more than £2bn per year to the energy economy in the region by 2050 
  • Adding around 100,000 new green jobs by 2050. 

The report, produced by KPMG, will be launched at the first ever Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference and exhibition, which starts in Hull today (Tuesday 5 November). The sessions at the conference will build on the report’s analysis and agree on next steps to realise the region’s clean growth potential. 

The two-day conference will see nearly a thousand delegates attend from across north of England, and the rest of the world. Leading organisations, such as Ørsted, Siemens, Drax, Equinor, Phillips 66 will be exhibiting and leading sessions to set out the innovative work they are already doing to deliver carbon reduction technology in the north of England today. 

The event will also feature a special presentation from Nick Bridge, Special Representative for Climate Change at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as 

well as representations from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and the Environment Agency. 

Speaking ahead of the event, Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, who are the leads organisers of the Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference and exhibition, said: 

“We are incredibly proud to be hosting this first-of-its-kind event, at which we will show the wider world the great innovation, drive and enthusiasm we have in the North of England to deliver decarbonisation solutions. 

“We are particularly pleased to be working alongside other Northern LEPs, illustrating that by co-operating rather than competing with each other, we can become a world leading region in energy and clean growth. 

“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.” 

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of NP11 said: 

“The North is at the forefront of the UK’s response to the growing climate emergency; transforming our significant energy assets to drive a clean growth revolution for the benefit of the environment, our people and the UK economy. Our industry, our capabilities, our energy infrastructure and our location makes the North ideally placed to lead the UK’s journey to becoming Net Zero carbon. 

“Fuelling this are strong partnerships between local government, academic institutions, local communities and industry, driven through our Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships as NP11. 

“Our report outlines the possibilities and strengths in low carbon energy, processes, and business the North can deliver – as it has before – the changes needed to build an economy that balances environmental sustainability with increased opportunity for the North and beyond.” 

Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, 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.” 

Matthew Wright, Managing Director, Ørsted UK said: 

“Ørsted is ambitious about the role the North of England can play in lowering national carbon emissions, and demonstrating leadership to other countries. We have a highly-skilled workforce in the region, strong political leadership and its great to see the northern LEPs collaborating to provide a strategy and positive policy environment to stimulate investment in clean growth technology.” 

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