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A Question of Carbon


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Monday 18th October - Sponsored by Marketing Humber

This is the headline event of the government backed and COP26 affiliated Zero Carbon Tour in collaboration with Planet Mark

Launching the Waterline Summit 2021: Connecting the Humber to COP26, this event brought together a range of international speakers, innovative thinkers, and industry experts to discuss the crucial role the Humber region must play as the UK’s biggest carbon emitter with the greatest decarbonisation potential.

Speakers included:

  • Liz Barber, CEO, Yorkshire Water & Kelda Group
  • Professor Dan Parsons, Director of Energy & Environment Institute, University of Hull
  • Patrick Harnett, Senior Programme Director, Ørsted UK
  • Andrew Reynolds, Project Director, Yorkshire Energy Park
  • Dominic Martin, Vice President for Government & Regulatory Affairs, Equinor
  • Amy Meek, Co-Founder, Kids Against Plastic & EEI Youth Advisory board

The regional COP26 film was also launched launched in preparation for the Glasgow conference, where it has many platforms.

This was followed by a lively 'Question Time' style panel event hosted by Louise Minchin, who explored important themes such as technology, innovation, the energy transition, skills, location and how the Humber is a critical estuarial cluster, needed to respond to the global climate challenge facing our world leaders.

The Waterline Launch was also the headline event for the Planet Mark Zero Carbon of the UK, held at the Hull City Hall throughout the day. 

We are the silicon valley of low carbon and renewable energy.” – University of Hull Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea

“We will move fast, with full vigour, and we will bet big on decarbonising for future generations.” – Tony Danker, Director-General, CBI

“The Humber is using this moment in history to step. It is the UK’s biggest polluter, but this presents the greatest opportunity to decarbonise.” – Louise Minchin

“The most pressing issue to deliver on our commitment is skills. The technologies are mostly in place but we need the people to deliver it, we are underestimating the gap in talent we need to deliver it and we need those initiatives to uncover it.” – Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University of Hull

“The Humber produces 12.4m tonnes of co2 every year, if we want to achieve net zero, we need to address that goal as quickly is possible.” – Dominic Martin, Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs, Equinor

“Communication is key. If we’re not bringing people on board and up to speed with this, we won’t decarbonise quickly.” – Amy Meek

“I would be disappointed if within the next five years the entire thing hasn’t been built out.” – Andrew Reynolds updates on the latest progress of Yorkshire Energy Park

As the demands for plastics grows, the demand for oil – polluting fossil fuels – will also grow by 6m barrels a day. It is important we use those fossil fuels only where it is absolutely necessary.” – Amy Meek

"In the 5 years from 2015-2020 the effects of climate change have already cost us in total of £100 million." - Liz Barber, CEO of Yorkshire Water

“We’ll be building the world’s first offshore CCS facility, onshore there will be hydrogen production at an industrial scale, replacing carbon intensive fuels and allowing industry to rapidly decarbonise. There is already a huge buzz internationally about the Humber as that silicon valley of decarbonised technologies.” – Dominic Martin

“We all have a joint stake in each other’s success. Orsted’s mission is for the entire world to use decarbonised energy, and we can’t do that alone.” – Patrick Harnett, Senior Programme Director for Hornsea 2, Orsted

“The big questions in terms of research are in areas that are hard to decarbonise, and the deployment of existing technologies into those areas.”

“Across the world large states still have vested interests in fossil fuels – retaining coal, and continued investment in petrochemicals. All this is doing is delaying the action on climate change, which is why we need laser focus to drive systemic change. – Prof Dan Parsons


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