Appointed by newly anointed PM Liz Truss to lead a review of Net Zero, Skidmore – Chair of the Environment All-Party Parliamentary Group – began his Net Zero tour of the UK yesterday, 8th September, with HyNet as the first stop.
Through production and storage of low carbon hydrogen, HyNet plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across UK industry by ten million tonnes every year by 2030, the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road.
The tour included a visit to HyNet partner INOVYN, which is developing the project’s hydrogen storage, and Encirc, which will be using HyNet’s low carbon hydrogen to decarbonise container glass manufacturing.
Chris Skidmore MP on HyNet visit at Encirc
Commenting on the visit, David Parkin, Project Director, HyNet, said, “We are delighted to host Chris as he begins his Net Zero UK tour.”
“Industry contributes to approximately a fifth of all the UK’s carbon emissions and, in roder to hit Net Zero, we must take rapid action.”
HyNet is currently working with over 30 major companies across the North West industrial heartland to slash carbon emissions, safeguard jobs and catalyse economic growth.
Set to make ‘substantial impact’ on the UK’s drive to reach Net Zero, Skidmore believes the project is an example of how the UK can both generate jobs and attract investment through Net Zero growth.
“Government must engage with hard-to-decarbonise sectors, supporting them to operate sustainably, both protecting the UK’s vital manufacturing base whilst, at the same time, enabling them to produce the low carbon products consumers are demanding.”
Last November the HyNet cluster was selected by the UK government as one if its Track 1 clusterse for deployment by the mid-2020s.