13th August 2020, 11am

If you missed this webinar, now is your chance to participate again.

The BEIS has set out a mission to establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least one low-carbon cluster by 2030. As part of this mission, Innovate has set up a funding competition called the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) which should see up to £431million invested in at least one of the six industrial clusters to deliver roadmaps, and detailed designs and demonstration projects, known as Deployment projects. Running alongside these two ISCF cluster strands is a third knowledge creation and sharing strand led by Heriot Watt University known as the IDRIC project.

The Humber region, as the largest emitting industrial cluster, has been very active developing plans for an ISCF Roadmap project and several Deployment projects. Innovate has funded CATCH and the Humber LEP to develop its methodology for a Roadmap – this is known as Phase 1 funding. If successful in Phase 1, Catch and the Humber LEP can go onto apply for Phase 2 funding to deliver their Roadmap from January 2021 through to March 2023. There is a similar Phase1/Phase2 process for the Deployment projects.

In this presentation, CATCH Technical Consultant, Geraint Evans will describe the challenge including where the region is now with regards to industrial emissions; the important technologies that we need to deploy and the initiatives and projects already underway. Geraint will present an outline of our approach to date to delivering a roadmap which will identify the optimal route to a secure, low cost, zero carbon industrial energy system by 2040 and some of the outputs from our Phase 1 work to date.

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David Talbot – CEO – ” First of all I would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of the whole CATCH Team to Brendan Conlan who held the position of Chair for some 4 years.  Brendan’s legacy as Chair has been to drive forward the STEM agenda for young people looking for a career in industry, and to raise the profile of CATCH to ensure it   represents the needs of industry at the highest level on a regional and national stage.  As a team we would like to welcome Richard as the incoming Chair.  He brings with him a deep understanding of the region’s economic landscape, coupled with a long standing relationship with CATCH, which means that he is the ideal person to continue to steer CATCH on its growth strategy, supporting CATCH members, wider stakeholders and our regions”.

We asked Richard a few questions about his background and taking on the role of steering CATCH  –

Please tell us about your background:
I have been the CEO of Singleton Birch Limited for almost 10 years. The Company has been based at Melton Ross in North Lincolnshire since the 1850s and was established over 200 years ago. It’s largest shareholder in the early 1900s was Lionel Martin, the founder of Aston Martin, and his ‘hobby’ was funded by his dividends from Singleton Birch. His wife inherited his shares when he died and she subsequently left the shares in her will for the benefit of three charities, Barnardos, The NSPCC and the RSPCA. The Katherine Martin trust which represents these charities still owns 50% of the shares in the company.
I joined Singleton Birch Limited as a Trainee Quarry Manager when I was 21 having received sponsorship and work experience with the company during my student years studying engineering. The company’s sole focus at the time was producing lime, a generic term for calcium carbonate, calcium oxide and calcium hydroxide. Around 90% of the output was going to British Steel at Scunthorpe and as a consequence the Company’s fortunes rose and fell with the cyclic nature of the steel sector. Over the next 30 years the business diversified its product base across many different sectors, lime being a ubiquitous chemical found in most everyday items. In particular the business focussed on developing calcium hydroxide products for water treatment and environmental protection. Today the business supplies around 25% of its products into steel and has developed businesses in renewable energy, waste, chemicals and logistics.
Lime production is energy and carbon intensive and the biggest challenge for the Company is to remain competitive and relevant in an increasingly low-carbon economy. Our diversification drive dovetailed with our need to reduce our environmental impact and the development of an aerobic digestion (AD) plant at our Melton Ross site not only provided the site with low carbon energy but also led to the construction of two more plants for other customers and the establishment of a national servicing business for other AD facilities. We are also involved in several carbon capture projects for our kilns with the ultimate aim of becoming carbon negative as many of the lime products we produce also capture carbon from the atmosphere in use.

Talking about your new role, what excites you the most about your position as chairman of CATCH?

Having been involved with the Humber Chemical Focus in its early days its very satisfying to see how the organisation has developed and grown in recent times both in terms of the facilities and the services provided, throughout the Yorkshire and Humber regions. Notwithstanding the Covid crisis the organisation is on an upward trajectory and these are extremely interesting times to be involved with the leadership of Catch.

How can cluster organisation like CATCH ensure we are responsible and continue to contribute to the success of the industry we represent?

The board is made up of senior leaders from member companies representing some of the biggest businesses across the Humber region. This provides a powerful voice for industry which can help influence and shape industrial strategy for the area and attract much needed investment, particularly in relation to the decarbonisation of the economy.

What would you like to achieve with CATCH in the next few years?

As well as see the development of a nationally recognised centre of excellence for our industry I think the current involvement of CATCH at the heart of the Industrial Decarbonisation Network represents an important development for the organisation. It would be fantastic if in a few years time we are seeing significant decarbonisation of energy intensive industry in the Humber region and CATCH has been a significant contributor to that transformation and a forerunner for the UK.


Work started at the CATCH site in March, using a portion of the £195,000 grant from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

We quickly realised that due to the pandemic, unfortunately this area of the project was to be delayed.  However, we are now proud to have made improvements to the site that enhance the customer experience when on site here at catch. Starting with the improved signage, which include signposts to our on site tenants and providers, plus a visual map for ease of navigation across the site.  We are also making improvements to those arriving by car, with a new number plate recognition barrier and new road markings.

Once inside our buildings, we have made further progress to improve the look and feel of the site, such as redecorating the training and meeting rooms and installing new carpets.  To improve delegate comfort we have installed air conditioning throughout.  Catering is always a key requirement, therefore to reduce waiting times we have extended the dinning toom to accommodate extra diners. Adding to the above, we have installed a state of the art CCTV system to secure the site further.

If you have any questions about the CATCH site improvements please contact Paul –


CATCH is offering a unique opportunity for 13-16 year old students to gain a 2-day insight into engineering practices.

This course will provide “hands-on” work experience with many types of mechanical equipment in an authentic industrial environment.

Over the 2 days you will learn what it is like to work in the large Humber Bank industries, you will be finding out about:

  • Process Operations
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Process Plant Equipment
  • Interview Tips
  • Slinging and Lifting
  • Mechanical Joint Integrity
  • Bench Fitting
  • Control Room/ Simulator Familiarisation

Registration Fee: £30






This week we sat down with CATCH Technical partner Paulo Oliveira to discuss our partnership and the CT service.

Paulo, please tell us a little about yourself and ESC?
ESC Limited is a global technical safety, functional safety management consultancy and safety systems design provider. Its primary function is supporting clients in the technical safety aspects of the processes, systems and equipment deployed in the oil and gas, petrochemical, biohazard, utilities (including green technologies), military and manufacturing industries.
I’m one of Associate Directors for ESC Ltd , based in Humberside at CATCH. Chartered Engineer (CEng) with more than 10 years’ experience in asset management and safety applications focusing on IEC61508/61511 compliance, competence and certification. Member of BSI GEL 065/01 committee (British committee for the implementation of IEC61508 and IEC 61511) and of Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) System Safety Technical Professional Network (TPN).

Why did ESC become a CATCH Technical partner?
The opportunity to work closely with the region’s number one technical competency focused provider and deploy our capability to support the industry needs, in knowledge based technical solutions.

 What do you think CATCH Technical and ESC can achieve together?
Ultimately the partnership is about delivering solutions to problems with excellent client satisfaction. The synergy between CATCH TS and ESC provides an excellent opportunity to achieve this.

What are the benefits of having a full CATCH Technical Service delivery?
Having the ability to engage multiple skillsets with one focal point is definitely an advantage , especially for more complex projects, which allow a level of independence between each area of delivery.

Why should a Client use Catch Technical for their next project or business improvement?
Local, industry focused service with recognised diverse capability in delivering technical solutions.

If you would like further information on CATCH Technical Services, please contact Jill –


In this webinar, Geraint provided an overview of the work Catch and the Humber LEP have been doing recently in preparation for delivering the Humber Cluster Plan (HCP). The HCP will set out a route map to decarbonising the energy intensive industries such as steel, refining and chemicals within the Humber cluster. The HCP will be funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) which is also funding several large scale deployment projects in the region alongside the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre at Heriot Watt University which, in collaboration with other Universities, is tasked with developing and sharing new knowledge.

Decarbonisation will lead to profound changes in the way industry uses energy  – using outputs from energy system models, Geraint showed how the UK energy system is anticipated to change over the next 30 years. He explained that the industrial sector is one of the most difficult to decarbonise and that this will drive investments into a set of technologies covering demand optimisation, energy efficiency, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), Direct Air Capture with CCS (DACCS), bioenergy and hydrogen. Of these, two of the most crucial are CCS and hydrogen, especially given the need to address process feedstock emissions and emissions from internal industrial fuels.

Finally, Geraint provided an overview of the deployment initiatives underway in the Humber region including H2H Saltend, Humber Zero (Immingham), Keadby Clean power hub, British Steel Scunthorpe, Zero Carbon Humber and Green Hydrogen for Humber, followed by an overview of the next steps for the HCP project.

Due to popular demand the webinar will be re run live on the 13th August at 11am  – to register email


CATCH, the multi million pound industry led-centre has been supported with £195,000 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse to further cement its status as a National Centre for the Process, Energy Intensive and Renewable Industries.

The world class facilities continue to be developed to ensure that the provisions meet the needs of the local and national industrial community. The £195,000 grant, along with significant matched funds from partnering organisations has enabled the site to accelerate an improved customer journey, such as clear site signage, new road markings, air conditioning, redecorating of classrooms, a new extended dining room and improved security with the installation of ANPR barrier and state of the art CCTV.

A key deliverable from funding was to provide a boost to project partner Reynolds Training Services, who have invested over £220,000 and co-managed the installation of a UK first fully modernised Tank Farm training facility. The additional components and wider upgrade bring ‘real world’ experience to the provision, providing the ability to train and practice core control room operations and process operations in a realistic fully emulated work environment whilst removing hazards. The state-of-the-art equipment and associated control align directly with the industries not just within the Humber region, but UK wide and internationally.

Additionally, Maersk Training has invested in exciting improvements to the Working at Height facilities through a complete refurbishment of the area and the fabrication of two dummy Nacelle units for training purposes this will allow Advance Rescue and Enhanced First Aid training along with other courses to be delivered.  Maersk Training also has plans to invest in the workshop space on site to further increase the offshore winds skills capability by constructing a Wind Turbine Blade Repair Workshop.

In total, over the last two years, total investment at the site amounts to over £400,000. With the addition of 4 jobs created and 7 new apprenticeships and 30 other learners supported. Looking forward over the next 5 years we are anticipating to put through and additional 160 apprenticeships and up to 600 other learners supported through level 3,4 and 5 qualifications and advanced apprenticeships directly as a result of this investment.

David Talbot, CEO CATCH, Said, “The continued investment in the CATCH facilities means that we are one step closer to cementing our vision to be a national skills centre, membership and technical services hub for energy intensive and energy producing industries in the clean growth era. The fact that the investment has not only been matched by CATCH, but also by significant funding from our onsite partners such as Reynolds Training Services and Maersk Training shows the commitment to the site.  The CATCH site and community is seen as a fantastic asset for the region and our industrial sectors; supporting the protection and creation of jobs, driving inward investment and allowing key industries to boost their skill set to meet the needs of the ever-changing landscape. I am excited for our future development plans and encourage industry professionals to engage with CATCH to be a part of a collective voice and work together to ensure the industry is sustainable and strong for the future”

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CATCH Skills are running a Mental Health First Aid England course in August!

Course Date: 24th- 25th August 2020

Course Price: £299+VAT per delegate

Course Content:

  • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing
  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
  • Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
  • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s self-help resources, through their employer, the NHS, or a mix



To book your place or to find out more information please contact Holly Goodwin on 01469 552828 or email


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in collaboration with Innovate UK, has today officially opened the Phase 1 competition of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

The Phase 1 funding for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which is worth up to £30 million, is available in the form of a grant scheme and will be available for:

  • Deployment of mature energy efficiency technologies that improve industrial process energy efficiency and reduce energy demand.
  • Feasibility and engineering studies for projects deploying mature energy efficiency technologies or deep decarbonisation technologies. These technical and economic assessments of potential projects reduce risks and provide more accurate cost estimates, enabling decision-makers to make informed investment choices.

The Phase 1 competition, which opens today, will run until Wednesday 28 October 2020. The competition closing date will be kept under review due to the Covid-19 situation.

The Phase 1 applicant guidance, which was published on Monday 29 June 2020, contains all the information necessary for applying for IETF Phase 1 funding.

Innovate UK also operates a customer support service. If you need more information about the application process, please email Innovate UK at or call the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Background information

The UK Government announced £315 million of funding in the 2018 Autumn Budget. The funding is available over the period to 2024. It will support businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future, and to cut their bills and emissions through increased energy efficiency.

The IETF is a crucial part of the Government’s strategy for tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero by 2050. It will complement other government programmes that offer innovation and early demonstration support, such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and the Energy Innovation Programme (EIP), and will help to transform an important part of the UK economy. The IETF also provides vital support for businesses in key policy areas at a time when the country is tackling the Covid-19 crisis.


The second Industrial Decarbonisation network brought together 24 participants from around the region.  The network was the first blended meeting, of speakers and participants at the CATCH site, socially distanced and many dialing into the meeting via MS Teams.  The meeting commenced with David Talbot introducing the speakers and commenting on the Humber regions status as the largest cluster for C02 emission in the UK, and that the region has the potential to be a world leader in terms of decarbonisation.

David Theakston, project development engineer at VPI Immingham, started the presentations with an overview of the Humber Zero project between a number of partners including, lead partner VPI, Uniper, Philipps 66 and Total LOR.  David explained that the project goal is to reduce CO2 by 8MT per year.  He explained the pathways and project components such as green Hydrogen, post combustion at refineries and the land available and concept layouts at Uniper and Phillips 66.  David then explained in more detail the project plan including feeds and costs, plus how to link into a new proposed CO2 transport and storage system.

Next, Martin Hopkins from Velocys presented how to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  Martin advised that the International Civil Aviation organization has an aim to reduce CO2 production by 50% – many of the larger airlines have signed up.  Then he covered other drivers such as the UK excess waste and the government priorities such as net zero, local air quality and inward investment.  SAF is key to decarbonizing the aviation industry.  Next Martin gave an overview of the Grimsby Altalto project to build the UKs first commercial household waste to fuels plant, using household waste as the sustainable feedstock.  The process saves 600,000 Tons a year of non-recyclable waste going to landfill.  Martin outlined the benefit of this is CO2 ready to be captured for use or storage.  The main advantages of these plants are that there is a 70% reduction in greenhouse gasses, reduction in pollutant emissions as it is a clean burning fuel, and a reduction in waste to landfill.  Martin also covered using wood chips as a feedstock.

Katie then gave a short update on the project that CATCH is working on – Innovate UK has funded CATCH and the Humber LEP to develop its methodology for a Roadmap to decarbonise Humber industries.  CATCH and the Humber LEP are applying for Phase 2 funding to deliver their Roadmap from January 2021 through to March 2023.

There is a webinar taking place on the 30th July – Targeting Industrial net zero in the Humber region – which explains the project in more detail. You can find details of the webinar here.

The next Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Network will take place on 21 October.

If you would like further information on HIDN please contact Katie –


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