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Hynet selected by government as track 1 industry cluster

LEP Cheshire Science Corridor 21/10/2021

Proceeding with decarbonising the North West from 2025.

Earlier this year, Government launched a process to determine the sequence in which it would support the decarbonisation of regional industry clusters across the UK.  This process has placed the clusters in the following two ‘tracks’:

  • Track 1: begin decarbonising industry from 2025
  • Track 2:  begin decarbonising industry from around 2030.

The HyNet partners are delighted to announce that HyNet has been chosen for Track 1 and will proceed with decarbonising the North West and North Wales from 2025.

David Parkin, HyNet Project Director said:

“We are delighted that HyNet has been selected to progress within Track 1 of the industrial decarbonisation Cluster Sequencing process.

“HyNet is led by the demand from organisations and stakeholders across the North West of England and North Wales, who all want to reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero. From as soon as 2025, the project will enable our manufacturing sector across the region to decarbonise, as well as providing the opportunity to transition the way we travel and how we heat our homes.

“HyNet brings huge economic benefits, safeguarding existing jobs across the region and creating around 6,000 new employment opportunities to support the levelling up of the UK.

“The project partners are ready to deliver and, as one of the first industrial decarbonisation clusters, we will play a big part in shaping the country’s hydrogen economy, positioning the UK as a global leader in the sector.

“We are looking forward to working closely with Government and the other clusters to deliver and grow the infrastructure as rapidly as possible, both in breadth and depth, over the coming years.”

Clare Hayward, chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP, said: “We are absolutely delighted by today’s announcement that HyNet North West low carbon and energy project will be one of the first two to be delivered in the UK.

"We have ambitious targets to reach net zero and make Cheshire and Warrington a world leader in low carbon technologies and innovation and this is a huge step forward for the decarbonisation of our region.

“The North West and North Wales is a region which has the largest number of people employed in manufacturing in the UK and has the skills base to drive the hydrogen economy and help us to create the green jobs for the future.

“HyNet is a result of a great partnership with all of the stakeholders involved from across the region. We look forward to working together to put our ambitions into action.”

You can find out more about the Cluster Sequencing process here.