Zero Carbon Humber has announced an expansion to its partnership with the addition of two of the region’s leading industry names - Velocys and INEOS Acetyls.
This is helping its ambition to make the Humber the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.
The announcement takes the Zero Carbon Humber partnership from 12 to 14 leading energy, industrial and network operators.
It comes just months after the consortium was selected by Government, as part of the wider East Coast Cluster, to be one of the UK’s first two regions to decarbonise its industrial cluster. On 21 January several Zero Carbon Humber projects submitted bids into the second phase of that competition, further supporting its ultimate goal.
Velocys provides the technology to enable the production of sustainable aviation fuel from waste feedstock, including ordinary waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled.
By using carbon capture and storage it has the potential to produce net zero or even net negative emission fuel.
It has selected a site in Immingham, for the development of a waste-to-sustainable-aviation-fuels plant (Altalto), which could also create jobs for the region.
INEOS acquired bp’s operations at Saltend Chemicals Park on 1 January 2021, INEOS Acetyls has a long tradition of lower carbon production.
Saltend Chemicals Park is also home to Zero Carbon Humber partners px and Triton Power, and has been confirmed as the location of the Equinor-led H2H Saltend project which uses low carbon hydrogen to fuel switch the on-site power station and lower carbon emissions at the park by nearly one million tonnes per year.
Dr Neville Hargreaves, Velocys VP Waste to Fuels, said: “Velocys is delighted to be joining the impressive group of companies that make up Zero Carbon Humber. The Altalto project, in collaboration with British Airways, can deliver zero carbon flight this decade and is an example of the new industries enabled by carbon capture and storage, bringing skilled green jobs to the region.”
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