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Roadmap for Decarbonising the Humber Takes Step Forward

Newly appointed Humber Cluster Plan Manager highlights the huge potential of the region’s industrial decarbonisation projects. 

Jonathan Oxley has been appointed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership  (LEP) as Manager of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan – a comprehensive roadmap for decarbonising industry in our region, which will show how the Humber cluster can achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, potentially making it the first in the world to do so. 

The Humber Cluster Industrial Plan is led by the Humber LEP and CATCH and is  being delivered in conjunction with eight private sector partner organisations – British  Steel, Centrica, Drax, Equinor, National Grid Ventures, Phillips 66, SSE Thermal and  VPI Immingham. It is funded by InnovateUK as part of the Government’s Industrial  Decarbonisation Challenge Fund scheme, part of the £350m green recovery  package. 

The project, totalling £2.6m, will move the Humber closer to achieving large-scale  decarbonisation, with businesses across the Humber working together to find  effective and lasting solutions for the region.  

Jonathan is a chemist by training, having worked for BP for over 20 years – including  a secondment to the Energy Technologies Institute – leading national and  international projects, followed by a period working with the World Energy Council. 

Speaking on his appointment, Jonathan said the project was a ‘lighthouse’ project,  which would not only show how the Humber and the UK can successfully  decarbonise industry, but also highlight how this could be achieved globally. 

Jonathan said: “With global attention on the potential for the Humber industry to decarbonise, now more than ever we have the incentive to work together on this ambitious programme to deliver for the businesses and people of the Humber area,  to shine a light on what can be done at a national and international level – and to play our part in tackling climate change. 

“We all recognise the huge potential there is for industrial decarbonisation here in  the Humber and there are lots of organisations working on their own strategies, but 

the Humber Cluster Plan brings all of this ambition together in one place – to show how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 

“This is not just the opportunity to meet our net-zero ambitions and help fight climate  change, but by creating a carbon-neutral cluster we can also support inward  investment opportunities for the Humber too – demonstrating that new businesses  that choose to locate here can more readily align their operations with the UK’s net-zero ambition.” 

While Jonathan has been the first appointed role at the Humber Cluster Plan, a  further three roles will follow to complete the joint LEP-CATCH project team. 

The Plan’s joint project directors have welcomed the appointment. 

Richard Kendall, Executive Director of Strategic Policy and Business Development at the Humber LEP, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Jonathan to the team as manager of this major project. Jonathan’s experience and expertise across the  energy sector will be invaluable as the teamwork with partners across the region on  the plan to make the Humber a net-zero industrial cluster by 2040.” 

David Talbot, CEO of CATCH, said: “There is a huge appetite for change in the  Humber and a great deal of collaboration already taking place. We are thrilled to see  Jonathan appointed as the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan Manager – his experience  leading internationally renowned energy projects will support the development of our  own roadmap and the team and I look forward to working with Jonathan to propel the  regions decarbonisation agenda.” 

The Hull and East Yorkshire LEP will take over from the Humber LEP as lead partner on the project from 1 April, supporting cross-Humber collaboration through the  Humber Leadership Board. 

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