I’m Emma Hardy and I’m the Member of Parliament for Kingston Upon Hull West and Hessle.
With the COP26 summit later this year, it’s time for the UK to match its ambitions with policies and projects to tackle climate change.
Here in the Humber we have a strong industrial base, and we are the UK’s largest industrial region in terms of carbon emissions. Many of my constituents are proud to work for the world-leading companies on both sides of the Estuary that are vital to our local economy and society.
We can’t tackle climate change without addressing industrial emissions, and we won’t have public support unless we can also transition these highly skilled workers to low carbon alternatives, whilst also creating new opportunities for our young people.
I’m delighted that the Humber and Teesside regions are working together to create an East Coast Cluster. By sharing storage 2 miles under the North Sea for their carbon emissions we can cut emissions cost-effectively, from an unparalleled range of projects across both regions.
From carbon capture for industry and power projects, low-carbon hydrogen for industry and power, and negative emissions power from biomass, we can future-proof existing industries like steelmaking, chemicals and refining, preserving jobs and skills, and create new opportunities for the regional economies and the UK as a whole.
That’s why I’m backing the East Coast Cluster bid. You should too.