Decarbonising industry – Working together is key to accelerating the energy transition
As the UK transitions towards a sustainable future, businesses are under increasing pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. Industrial companies are a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and decarbonising their operations is critical to achieving the UK’s target of Net Zero by 2050. Uniper, with its extensive experience in the energy industry and its ambitious target for its own European energy generation to be carbon-neutral by 2035, can play a significant role by partnering with other energy intensive industries to help them also achieve their net zero carbon targets.
Uniper understands that each company has unique needs and offers tailored solutions to help different industries reduce their carbon emissions while maintaining profitability and security of supply.
The future use of low carbon fuels, such as hydrogen, is one of the ways Uniper can help industry in the UK to decarbonise. An example of this is the Humber H2ub® project being developed at Uniper’s Killingholme power station site.
Killingholme Energy Transformation Hub
Situated in the heart of the industrial Humber, Uniper’s Killingholme power station site has a key role to play in the decarbonisation and economic growth of the region, supporting customers in this industrial cluster to transition to a net zero future. Uniper, in partnership with Shell, is developing the Humber H2ub® project: a 720 MW low carbon hydrogen production facility. It will use gas reformation technology to produce low carbon hydrogen and capture and store the resulting carbon-dioxide emissions. Uniper’s plans could see the Killingholme site producing low carbon hydrogen by the late 2020’s, which could then be used to decarbonise heavy industry, transport, heating and power in the Humber region.
Low carbon hydrogen and its derivatives are just one of the potential options available for decarbonisation. Uniper is also offering the following technologies and fuels or a combination of them to achieve net zero:
- biomass CHPs and boilers provide a sustainable source of energy by using a range of local and internationally sourced biomass fuels instead of fossil fuels.
- carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions that can capture and store carbon emissions from industrial operations, can help to achieve carbon neutrality.
- wind turbines and solar collectors generate renewable energy that can be used to power industrial operations.
Uniper’s Guy Phillips and Jeff Parr-May will talk about Uniper’s decarbonisation plans at the upcoming Foresight NetZero Live 2023 conference, exhibition, and networking event on 28-29 June 2023. Look out for their session “Reconfigure or Replace: The Asset Dilemma to Achieve Net Zero”.
The event, key for all businesses to successfully achieve net zero, will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Hull on 28-29 June 2023.
Uniper is an international energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. With around 7,000 employees, it makes an important contribution to security of supply in Europe. Uniper’s core businesses are power generation in Europe, global energy trading, and a broad gas portfolio. Uniper procures gas – including liquefied natural gas (LNG) – and other energy sources on global markets. The company owns and operates gas storage facilities with a capacity of more than 7 billion cubic meters. Uniper plans for its 22.5 GW of installed power-generating capacity in Europe to be carbon-neutral by 2035. In the UK, Uniper owns and operates a flexible generation portfolio of seven power stations with a total installed capacity of 6.4 GW, and a fast-cycle gas storage facility. The company already ranks among Europe’s largest operators of hydroelectric plants and intends to further expand solar and wind energy, which are essential for a more sustainable and autonomous future.
Uniper is a reliable partner for communities, municipal utilities, and industrial enterprises for planning and implementing innovative, lower-carbon solutions on their decarbonization journey. Uniper is a hydrogen pioneer, is active worldwide along the entire hydrogen value chain, and is conducting projects to make hydrogen a mainstay of the energy supply.