From high to low: making the case for Humber to transition into a low carbon economy

Decarbonisation and climate change adaptation have rapidly ascended the research and innovation agenda globally. Hatch’s Urban Solutions team in Manchester have been commissioned by the University of Hull to help them secure funding for an ambitious demonstrator project that will enable local areas to capitalise on their contribution to what is an international issue.

Energy Estuary 2.0 plans to develop a circular energy economy around the Humber Estuary in the United Kingdom. Working with private, public and research sector partners, the project will help the region to transition from high-carbon industries through nascent markets and early stage technologies such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen fuel cells and local energy networks. It will also focus on upskilling the current workforce to maximise local benefits and ensure a just transition into a lower carbon economy.

The Urban Solutions team is using its research, innovation and energy sector experience to provide advice on the market potential for the new technologies that will be developed as part of the project. This will inform an economic impact assessment that will allow the University to evidence the benefits of the project to its funders. We are also helping the University to develop a set of baseline indicators to monitor the impact of the project over the next 10 years.

For more information contact Gemal Mekki and Neil Evans

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