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The Carbon Capture and Storage Association is delighted to invite you to join us for our flagship conference on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December 2020.

CCUS 2020 is the meeting place for anyone involved in carbon capture, usage and storage. The development of CCUS is critical to reaching net zero goals and it is also increasingly recognised as an important contributor to the UK Government’s “levelling up” agenda and the goal of building back greener and stronger. With the UK hosting COP26 in 2021, the conference gives us an opportunity to build on the UK’s ambition of becoming a leader in this essential technology and a chance to hear international voices and experiences.

The conference will take place online on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December and is free to attend.

You can register to attend at https://whova.com/web/ccus_202012/.

We are very pleased to announce that The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, will be speaking at the event on 2nd December 2020.

CCUS 2020 is sponsored by SSE Thermal, Carbon Clean, Equinor, BP and ERM and promises two packed days of insight, ideas and debate. Further confirmed speakers include:

  • Darren Jones MP, Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
  • Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director, Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, IEA
  • Jenny Baxter, Chief Engineer, IMechE
  • Roz Bulleid, Head of Policy, Green Alliance
  • Jarad Daniels, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning, Analysis and Engagement, US Department of Energy
  • Sue Ferns, Deputy General Secretary, Prospect
  • Anthony Green, Project Director – Hydrogen, National Grid
  • Anthony Hobley, Executive Director – Mission Possible Platform, World Economic Forum
  • Bryony Livesey, Director – Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, UKRI
  • Sian Lloyd Rees, Head of UK and SVP Europe & Africa, Aker Solutions

You can register today and join more than 400 policymakers, industry representatives, CCUS developers, technology providers, local authorities and others to hear the latest developments in this crucial sector.


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New research by industry coalition Sustainable Aviation confirms that the UK could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facilities in areas across the country, making it a world leader in clean aviation technology – and the Humber is one of them.

The Humber area is one of the largest emitters and boasts a number of projects including the CATCH joint bid with the Humber LEP for a cluster plan to accelerate the green recovery, including identifying opportunities for inward investment and those looking to diversify to take advantage of low carbon infrastructure.   It will also support the UK leadership of decarbonisation technologies and the creation of local jobs and supply chain.  The project will also shine a light on other major regional initiatives such as  the cutting edge zero carbon energy park in North East Lincolnshire, the Zero Carbon Humber project, plus the new CATCH networks for Industrial Decarbonisation and Hydrogen.

To read more about the research please click here. 


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This month as part of our meet our tenants series – we interviewed Safety & Access – here is their story:

Safety & Access are one of the UK’s leading scaffolding and access training and H&S consultancy providers, offering a wide range of professional support services to a broad range of industry sectors since 1991

The company was formed as Scaffold Inspection Services to provide an independent scaffold inspection as a joint venture between International Scaffolding Company SGB and Hinton & Higgs Ltd, Europe’s largest Construction Health and Safety Consultancy. The range of services soon expanded to include Scaffold Inspection training, the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) range of skill training, scaffolding consultancy advice and PASMA lightweight aluminium tower scaffolding training. In late 1997 the directors undertook a management buyout of the company that was then re-named Safety & Access Ltd.

Safety and Access Ltd continued to grow and expand its services to all industries and in mid-2012 they opened an additional fully accredited training facility at the CATCH facility at Stallingborough offering CISRS and PASMA accreditation for work at height and scaffolding related training.

In 2013 the Company further expanded its international training portfolio by opening CISRS facilities for international accreditation in the Middle East, Asia and the Far East. Further international expansion plans are in place for other regions.

Today Safety & Access Ltd are regarded as one of the leading scaffolding and work at height training providers and consultancy services specialising in the UK and International markets. The company can include some of the largest UK and International businesses amongst its client base.

The business is very proud of the achievements that the company has made over the years and are confident that the business, with the drive and support of the highly competent and professional team will continue to expand and diversify

A range of fully accredited training courses available at CATCH include the following; please contact our sales team on 0115 979 4523 or at bookings@safetyaccess.co.uk for more details and to reserve your place.

  • CISRS Tube & Fitting Part 1, Part2 and Advanced
  • CISRS Supervisor & Manager
  • CISRS Operatives Training Scheme (COTS)
  • CISRS Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection
  • CISRS SSPTS System Scaffolding Training
  • CISRS / S&A Scaffolding Appreciation
  • Development of bespoke short duration training
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We are excited to announce that we have available a number of rooms to sponsor on site at CATCH.

Our room sponsorship provides an unrivalled opportunity to raise awareness of your brand to industry throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond.

Benefits include:

By sponsoring a room you will help CATCH to continue to support industry.
Permanent plaque featuring your Logo in reception for the duration of your sponsorship
Company posters on your designated room wall
Opportunity to display leaflets in your designated room
20% off room hire at CATCH
Exposure to members, stakeholders, apprentices and associates who will hire the space you sponsor
Exposure on our website, social media and newsletters Dedicated events support

For further information please contact Jasmine.


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ENGIE, a leading energy and services provider, has secured full planning approval from North East Lincolnshire Council for its renewable energy park development on land fronting the A180, close to Immingham.

Referred to as the North East Lincolnshire (NEL) Energy Park, the consented scheme would occupy some 47 hectares of medium grade farmland and comprise of 30MW of solar PV panels and 20MW of containerised battery storage.

Matthew Hayes, Senior Business Development Manager for ENGIE UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to secure full planning consent for the NEL Energy Park phase 1, another important milestone in the project. Never has there been a more imperative need to tackle climate change. We need to accelerate the transition towards a net zero economy. This energy park has capacity to significantly reduce carbon emissions and support the council’s climate emergency action plan.”

Cllr John Fenty, Cabinet member for business and regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council, commented: “North East Lincolnshire is at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution. We’re already an area already renowned for its fuels production and offshore wind industry, and to have this solar park here is another strand to the ever-growing bow.
“Projects like this choosing our patch just shows how we can work with the private sector to make locating here an easy choice.”

The zero carbon generation could displace around 165,500 tonnes in CO2 from other more polluting forms of power generation over its 30 year lifespan. The solar panels would generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent annual energy needs of 9000 homes.
NEL Energy Park will support the Humber in its ambitions as the ‘Energy Estuary’ whilst complementing the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP).

ENGIE has a decade long regeneration partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council, providing engineering and architectural design, highways and transport, facilities management, planning and building control and energy management services among others.
ENGIE’s renewables division operates separately to the local authority’s regeneration partnership and the Grimsby headquartered Engie Fabricom engineering business.


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Tomorrow sees the start of the second lockdown for the nation, and I wanted to send a personal message to reassure all our learners, delegates, customers and visitors that CATCH remains open for business. CATCH is a leading skills development establishment in the region and brings together the training of apprentices with delivering essential health and safety/regulatory skills in conjunction with our onsite partners.  Between us, we are committed to remaining open throughout this lockdown period and we are operating a COVID secure site and a learning environment that strictly adheres to government guidelines.  We look forward to welcoming you to site soon in the knowledge that you are in safe hands.

You can see our COVID secure site video here. https://youtu.be/RNvvKcXB3vc

Regards David Talbot, CEO CATCH


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WiME Careers Event

Discover the opportunities available to women in our area and why you should select manufacturing and engineering as a career choice.

You will be able to:

  •  Meet women from manufacturing and engineering jobs and talk to them about their work
  • Discover what training and qualifications you may need
  • Learn about apprenticeship opportunities

Who is it suitable for?

School and College students only

What will be included?

90 minute zoom webinar 5:00pm-6:30pm which will include a series of 4 on-line career events.

 

For more information on the event or to register, please click the link below:

https://greenporthull.co.uk/events/wime-careers-event


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In an open letter to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng prior to his speech at the Waterline Summit, the Zero Carbon Humber Partnership have called on the Government to back their major funding bid and provided compelling evidence of the strength and breadth of regional, national and international support for their ground-breaking project.

The letter is accompanied by forty-five formal letters of support from non-partner organisations who recognise the proposals’ unique offering and unrivalled benefits for the environment and the economy. These supporters include international trade bodies; business and investment groups; local authorities and LEPs; equality and diversity organisations; trade associations; academic institutions; training providers; and supply chain networks.

The open letter, signed by the twelve-partner coalition, which boasts major names such as Equinor, Drax, National Grid, SSE and British Steel, states that they “believe this illustrates the unified strength of Zero Carbon Humber Partnership’s ISCF bid” to make the Humber the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.

Amongst those providing letters of support are:
– Several international bodies such as the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute; the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce; and the European Alternative & Renewable Transport Fuels Forum; – National and regional organisations such as the Energy Institute; Women into Manufacturing and Engineering; the Northern Powerhouse Partnership; the NP11; the GMB Union; the CBI; Make UK; Offshore Renewable Catapult; the Federation for Small Business; the Humber Chamber of Commerce; CATCH; and Marketing Humber;- Educational, skills and training institutions including Women into Manufacturing & Engineering; Aura Innovation Centre; Hull University; Leeds University; Sheffield University; Grimsby Institute; DN Colleges Group; and Bishop Burton College;
– Three regional LEPs – Humber LEP; Greater Lincolnshire LEP; and York & North Yorkshire LEP;
– The four Humber councils – Hull City Council; East Riding of Yorkshire Council; North East Lincolnshire Council; and North Lincolnshire Council;
– Several other major national and international businesses including Siemens Energy, Engie, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Premier Oil; and Penspen.

Among the contributors, the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce commented that “this Partnership stands out as a beacon of how businesses take on their social and environmental responsibility”; the Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute added that it was “promising to see ambitious climate efforts being mirrored by UK industry leaders”; and the UK’s Energy Institute noted that the project “offers a great opportunity for industry to collaborate to advance towards 2050 targets, preserve and create jobs, and rebalance the economy”.

Also within the letter submissions, and referencing the need for a ‘just transition’ to a low carbon economy, Louise Smith, Director of Aura Innovation Centre wrote:
“CCUS and hydrogen have a central role to play in creating a resilient, inclusive and innovation driven regional economy that delivers clean growth for the Humber. With a third of the Humber’s economy based on high carbon jobs, an inclusive transition to low carbon is critical to the place and its people … The technologies developed on the back of a successful bid in the Humber will protect the region against flooding and lead the world in the fight against climate change.”

Noting the opportunity for this project to stimulate post-covid growth in the North, Beckie Hart, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Director at the Confederation of British Industry stated:
“At a time when economic considerations are higher up the agenda than ever, the potential for the Zero Carbon Humber Partnership to secure existing industries whilst also bringing new jobs, skills, growth and investment to the region is a considerable benefit for generations to come. Business and government share the priority to build back greener, and better from the pandemic, and support for the Zero Carbon Humber Partnership would deliver investment at this crucial juncture, both for our economic recovery, and pathway to net-zero emissions.”
In relation to the prospect of underpinning a future hydrogen economy in the Humber, Peter O’Sullivan, CEO of international engineering firm Penspen said:
“Zero Carbon Humber is an important first step [in establishing a viable hydrogen economy] and will decarbonise the UK’s largest industrial region. It is well positioned to do so because it builds on existing skills and infrastructure – it has existing sources of hydrogen production from the refineries in the region, it has a well-established skill-base and it is close to reservoirs in the Southern North Sea which will play an important role in both scaling up hydrogen production and providing CO2 storage.”

Earlier this month, the twelve-organisation partnership submitted a bid to phase two of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for a carbon capture, hydrogen and infrastructure project worth £75m. If successful the bid would unlock a potentially multi-billion pound project which could transform the region whilst also reducing the UK’s annual emissions by 15%.

The accompanying letter to Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng, who has visited Humber energy projects on a number of occasions, outlines the case for the project, its potential to help the UK meet its international legally binding climate targets, and its ability to future-proof existing industry whilst creating additional jobs. A decision is expected in early 2021.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to address the Humber’s Waterline Summit later today (23 October 2020), wrapping up a week of fascinating discussion and debate around energy, clean growth and tackling climate change in the region.


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On Wednesday 21st October, we hosted our 3rd Industrial Decarbonisation Network, with over 35 delegates in attendance, both in person and online.

The meeting provides a platform, each quarter, for companies to network and engage with subjects that are pertinent to the Decarbonisation agenda.  David Talbot, CEO CATCH, opened the meeting, and introduced the networks first speaker, Claire Thornhill, from Frontier Economics, who set the scene and shared details of the project they have been working on with BEIS – Business Models for Hydrogen Production.  With an objective of focusing on large scale hydrogen production in the near term (2020s) whilst considering the characteristics of the production technologies and the markets.  Claire explained that their research identified 4 key priorities for the sector – Technology Specific Support, Transfer demand risk away from investors, reduce the risk of policy change and allow reduction in support for successive investments. Claire went on to explain their recommended solutions and structures of producer’s subsidiary models, including premium payments and revenue stabilisation structures plus models with a fixed / variable split – with the conclusion that split models look promising at this stage.

Next David introduced Ian Livingston, from Equinor, who gave updates from the Zero Carbon Humber project – a bid of £75 Million has been submitted to the Industrial Clusters Mission, which is backed by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – to provide the infrastructure to develop a carbon Capture and storage pipe line across the Humber region. Next Ian explained the H2H Saltend project, which will be one of the first in the UK to utilize the infrastructure put in place by the Zero Carbon Project by switching the chemicals park to 100% hydrogen by 2030. Therefore, achieving Decarbonisation targets whilst helping Saltend Chemicals Park Companies to produce greener products.

Katie Hedges, who leads the CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Network, closed the meeting by providing an update of the Humber Industrial Cluster Plan – The plan will set out a route map to decarbonising the energy intensive industries such as steel, refining and chemicals within the Humber Cluster, whilst providing a platform and support for all the deployment projects in the region. The work is due to commence in January, once the project has been approved by the government.

Katie invited group members to sign up to the new CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation Mailing list, to receive invites to meetings and to be kept up to date with projects. You can sign up here.

Date of next meeting – 27th January 2021.


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The latest Manufacturing Barometer survey is now LIVE for SME Manufacturers across the country to have their say on their confidence levels within the industry, and this quarter – to call for the support they require the most to support their recovery and growth ambitions.

We’re asking those important SME manufacturers, who account for over 98% of UK manufacturing, to tell us how current economic conditions are continuing to impact their business, how they expect the end of the EU transition period to further affect operations, and which areas of support are critically needed to assist them over the coming months.

The survey closes on Friday 30th October with the results being analysed during the month of November with an aim to have all reports complete by Friday 27th November.

Survey link: https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/5Eh0pU


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