Another boost for Tees green sector will aid levelling up

In another boost for the North East region’s green energy sector, the East Coast Cluster (ECC), which includes Teesside Net Zero, has been named by the government as one of the UK’s first two carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects.

The decision by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is said by the ECC to be an important step towards the UK’s ambition of delivering the first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.

The ECC is a collaboration between Northern Endurance Partnership, Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber and aims to remove nearly 50% of all UK Industrial cluster CO2 emissions. It unites the Humber and Teesside with infrastructure to decarbonise industry and establish a platform for economic growth.

Net Zero Teesside and Zero Carbon Humber are two of the country’s leading industrial decarbonisation proposals.

The CCUS project announced yesterday is expected to create and support an average of 25,000 jobs per year between 2023 and 2050, peaking at 41,000 jobs in 2026.

According to the ECC, these skilled jobs in exciting new industries, including industrial carbon capture, low-carbon hydrogen production, negative emissions power, and power with carbon capture, can play an important part of levelling up in the UK.

It says the project will demonstrate world leadership by establishing Teesside and the Humber as a globally competitive low carbon hub for industry and innovation, creating international momentum towards net zero.