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Net Zero Champion Chris Skidmore To Address Key Humber Summit As It Turns Five

Chair of the Net Zero Review, Chris Skidmore, will address The Waterline Summit as a fifth year of spotlighting the Humber’s crucial role in helping fight climate change is marked.

The former Energy Minister, responsible for signing the UK’s net zero commitment into law, will speak live to the event that pulls together industry and academia in a united front for the vital challenge. It comes a year after he was commissioned to lead the independent analysis of the Government’s approach to its 2050 target.

The focal point of the launch event, this year held at Aura Innovation Centre, Mr Skidmore’s keynote will precede a panel discussion featuring Northern Powerhouse Partnership chief executive Henri Murison; RWE’s East Coast director Corrine Barry; co-chair of the COP 28 Future Leaders Network delegation for 2023, Arianna Abdul-Nour, and Professor of Environmental Humanities and interim director of the Energy and Environment Institute at University of Hull, Professor Briony McDonagh. Clare Hayward MBE, chair of the NP11, will host, with a refreshed Eyes on the Humber film to be screened. Delivered in partnership between the university and marketing organisation Future Humber, Waterline launches at 9am on Monday, November 13.

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Energy Minister on Humber’s great carbon capture future Humber Freeport invests almost £25m in seven key economy-boosting projects Diana Taylor, managing director of Future Humber, and Louise Smith, director of Aura, said: “This event will bring together international speakers, innovative thinkers, and industry experts as well as key government figures to discuss the crucial role the Humber region must play as the UK’s biggest carbon emitter with the greatest decarbonisation potential, positioning the Humber as central to the global climate challenge facing world leaders and connecting the Humber globally.

“As we launch our fifth consecutive Waterline Summit, our first event will explore the core themes such as adaptation and resilience, sustainable finance, built environment, offshore wind, carbon capture and the energy transition.

“Aligning with the aims of COP 28, we will take a look at our regional progress made so far, discussing the progress and impact of actions taken by our local businesses and communities, as well as identifying opportunities for action where there are Gaps. Businesses large and small will come together with academics, industry experts and young people, to learn, discuss and tackle the greatest challenge of our time, as we all work together to reach net zero.”

Following on from the launch, an impact event will be held, hearing from businesses playing a key role, while exploring the opportunities offered with knowledge transfer partnerships.

Launch line-up for The Waterline Summit. (Image: Future Humber)

Key closing event for The Waterline Summit. (Image: Future Humber) Sue Allan, chief financial officer for Willerby; Dr Sarah Shaw, reader in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at University of Hull; Lloyd Atkin, managing director of Hull’s green cleaning product company Bio-D; Lizzie Wilkinson, head of domestic product management at Ideal Heating’s parent company Groupe Atlantic and Maggie Short, procurement manager at Smith & Nephew will all contribute.

The day will conclude with the final of the STEM Sustainability Challenge, school pupils who may be the next generation to tackle issues, exhibiting their creative solutions. It has been launched by Phillips 66 and Hull KR Foundation.

Tuesday and Wednesday will see events hosted by different organisations playing a part. Arup and University of Hull will host Exploring Future Histories: Positive Visions for a Climate Resilient Future on the Tuesday morning, ahead of a deep dive into knowledge transfer partnerships in the afternoon. Humber Offshore Wind Cluster will update on progress after.

Innovation and Collaboration: Shaping a Sustainable Humber will see the Humber 2030 Vision and Humber Freeport initiatives explored on the Wednesday, and will be hosted by Richard Gwilliam, Humber Energy Board chair and UK BECCS programme director at Drax. He will be joined by panellists Katie Hedges, head of low carbon strategy at Catch; Chris Gilbert, Humber decarbonisation project manager at Phillips 66; Simon Green, interim chief executive of Humber Freeport; Jo Barnes, managing director of Sewell Estates and Harry Jones, freeports programme director at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

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