Decarbonising Industry in the Humber

BMA, working collaboratively with CATCH, the Humber LEP and Humber stakeholders, have explored the modelling options available to develop the decarbonisation roadmap. Advanced analytics including systems modelling is recommended due to the complex nature of the Humber cluster.

Understanding the Humber

Over recent decades, the Humber Region has developed into a critical industrial cluster within the UK. The Humber industrial cluster:

  • Has two of the UK’s four oil refineries producing a third of the UK’s fuel output: operated by Phillips 66 and Total - both receive steam and power from VPI Immingham.
  • Has one of the UK’s two integrated steelworks: British Steel.
  • Has the second largest chemical cluster in the UK at Saltend - receiving power and steam from Triton Power.
  • Handles a third of UK coal and biomass imports, some of which go to Drax power station.
  • Receives a fifth of UK gas imports.
  • Produces a sixth of UK electricity.
  • Has three of the world’s largest wind farms, with the largest in the world currently under construction at Dogger Bank.
  • Has 20 operational onshore wind farms.
  • Is a hub for offshore wind turbine manufacture and servicing.
  • Has a key port and logistics hub, which contributes £2.5bn GVA to the UK economy.

Humber Emissions Heat Map

The Humber industrial cluster is on the east coast of the UK. There are six industries in scope for decarbonisation underthe Industry Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation programme: refineries, steel & iron, chemicals, glass, paper and cement. These industries and the associated power they require are currently producing over 20 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year, presenting a significant opportunity to reach net zero in the Humber and assist in the decarbonisation of UK industry by 2040.

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