As the North West bids to become the UK’s first low carbon industrial cluster by 2030, Imtex Controls attended the EIC / Peel Environmental Seminar which considered the range of projects currently underway to decarbonise the region. HyNet featured as one of the country’s leading hydrogen and carbon capture utilisation and storage projects, as did Peel Environmental’s Protos site, where a UK first plastics waste to hydrogen facility is proposed.

A number of projects are up and running already in the North West but central to the strategy in the area are the public / private / academia co-operations that exist to support Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (UK Wide Law) and local initiatives (e.g. Liverpool is committed to Net Zero by 2040, Low Carbon Industry Cluster initiative, Hydrogen Alliance). Hydrogen is predicted to the key thrust for the Government’s Net Zero delivery mechanism as it can produce much larger outputs than other renewable sources e.g. Wind and Solar and it can be used very much like gas is at present. H2 could account for up to 60% of energy generation in a low carbon economy.

The seminar also provided supply chain opportunities involved in decarbonisation as the region drives towards clean growth.