The publication of the IPCC report by the the world’s leading climate scientists has warned there is only 12 years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

This shift in temperature will have a devastating effect on low-lying areas because of the increased risk of floods and for coastal cities around the world could trigger the migration of millions of people away from areas that become uninhabitable. The Humber is one of those low-lying areas.

However, scientists are also clear that if we’re prepared to act fast it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions by nearly half from their 2010 levels. The Paris Treaty outlines how ‘regionalisation’ can be at the heart of this transition. Significant progress can be made by local areas acting, developing their own set of strategies, plans and interventions and finding novel ways to deliver.

The Challenges
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We have 12 years to keep global warming below 1.5C

Working together

We will work as collaborative force, from multi-national businesses to sole traders, to combat climate change through our clean growth strategies, build our resilience to water and create a collective ambition for the Humber in decarbonisation.

The Waterline campaign brings together the University of Hull with Marketing Humber Bondholders and leading regional, national and international businesses to support the region’s transition to a zero-carbon economy

The campaign shows how the University’s key strategic projects and academic expertise can be brought to the forefront of estuarial development and industrial renaissance developing long term collaborative partnerships with industry.

Become a Partner

giving the Humber a global edge

The Humber is already well established as the UK’s Energy Estuary. Our mission is to build on this and give the Humber a global relevance by working together to develop the region as a demonstrator of a zero carbon economy.

There will be a global market for how demonstrator coastal regions can assist others with the transition to a zero-carbon economy. In China – the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter rose by 4 per cent in the first three months of 2018. It has 78 million people alone living in vulnerable low-lying areas. India is on a similar emissions path.

While both countries have invested significantly in renewables, it’s the growing prosperity of its vast population that will increase demand for energy, food, transport and buildings. A global problem further personified by the emergence of further industrialisation to come in the next 50 years of African states.

The Internet of Things and the next generation of smart cities is set to be worth over £7trn.

Meanwhile, the environmental goods and services is already worth £3.2trn worldwide, and is set to grow.

Our aim is to capitalise on this and create a new knowledge economy with a common vision and a unique proposition to attract global investment to the Humber for years to come.

A centre of excellence

Areas that have specialist expertise and a track record in the fight against climate change will have valuable IP required by major developing countries. This is our vision for the Humber.

The Humber is a corridor of growth we are in a prime position to power a new industrial revolution.

Lord Prescott

From taking steps to reduce your organisations’ CO2 output to a strategic input into the Humber’s new zero carbon economy, you can help us make it happen.

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