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Looking towards a sustainable future with clean growth

08 October 2020

Looking towards a sustainable future with clean growth

A sustainable future based on environmentally friendly economic growth will be explored at an innovative digital summit this month.

The Waterline Summit, organised by Marketing Humber alongside event partners the University of Hull and Yorkshire Water, is taking place online from October 19 to 23 this year and will urge the region to embrace pioneering technologies, attract major investment and create jobs in the growing green economy.

The week will include themed days centred around specific topics, including Clean Growth Day on Tuesday, October 20th.

Sponsored by Phillips 66, the UK leader in low carbon fuel production, the day will feature online networking, a virtual exhibition and live chat.

The first session, entitled ‘Leading the UK to net zero through technological innovation’ will be hosted by RenewableUK Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn and involve Darren Cunningham, Lead Executive UK and General Manager of Phillips 66’s Humber Refinery.

He will be accompanied by speakers and panellists Dan Sadler, UK Low Carbon Strategy Director at Equinor, Emma Toulson, Lead Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted UK, and Martin Haworth, Managing Director of Birch Energy.

A student session hosted by Ørsted UK, entitled ‘What is the future of sustainable energy?’ will follow, with a strong focus on careers and projects taking place across the Humber.

The day will end with a webinar – ‘How can Hull become carbon neutral and increase prosperity’ – delivered by Martin Budd, Climate Change Manager at Hull City Council. It will explore the 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy for Hull, outcomes of the UK Climate Assembly and include a discussion about how this applies to the city.

Phillips 66’s 480-acre Humber Refinery in South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, is one of the most complex in the company’s global portfolio and the most sophisticated in Europe.

The refinery produces 20 per cent of all UK petroleum products and Phillips 66 is committed to opportunities to create a low-carbon economy and clean growth.

Mr Cunningham said: “We have a proud and successful heritage, but it is of absolute importance that we are forward-looking.

“The government has recently put into law achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and we believe the Humber Refinery has a key role in helping society achieve that goal.

“We are part of the solution, not part of the problem. We make products society will need and continue to need for 2050 and beyond. We recognise we have a role in making those products, achieving a carbon balance, and we will help reduce the carbon intensity.

“We continue to look at our business model and we are adapting, as we have seen for lithium-ion for electric vehicle batteries and consumer electricals. We are the first refinery in the UK to reprocess waste oil and biofuels, with our capacity to do so expanded this summer.”

The Waterline Summit 2020 takes place from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 23:

  • Monday, October 19, 9am-5pm: Adaptation and Resilience Day, Sponsored by Yorkshire Energy Park.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 9am-5pm: Clean Growth Day, sponsored by Phillips 66.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 9am-5pm: Nature-Based Solutions Day, sponsored by Bishop Burton College.
  • Thursday, October 22, 9am-5pm: International Business Day, including a national business leaders panel discussion, sponsored by SSE Thermal.
  • Friday, October 23, 9am-12pm: Sustainable Financing Day, sponsored by HSBC UK.

All sessions are free to attend. To register, go to

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