The Humber


Climate change is internationally recognised as the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. Estuary regions such as the Humber are most at risk from the growing threat of storm surges and tidal flooding.

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is carbon emissions. The energy intensive nature of the industries we have in the Humber means the region is the largest carbon-emitting cluster in the UK.

What if we could put that
carbon to good use?

The Humber holds the key to solving climate change and is the perfect place to show the world how to make a high carbon to low carbon transition. We’ll lead the way in demonstrating how to protect jobs in the traditional high carbon industries whilst creating new opportunities in the renewables sector, building on the work that’s already happening in the estuary.

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    Humber already produces up to 25% of the UK's energy.

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    Home to the world's largest wind farm, powering 1m homes.

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    Local businesses converting to biomass and other renewable sources for power generation.

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    Opening soon in the region: world's largest plant to recover energy from solid waste fuels using advanced gasification technology.

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    Developing carbon capture and conversion into useful products.

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    localised creation of hydrogen using renewable sources.

Importance of the Humber Estuary

Estuaries are natural corridors of trade and the Humber has become a magnet for investment from large scale global manufacturers. Estuaries such as the Humber are the most at risk from the challenges presented by climate change. As well as their high carbon output, estuaries will be the first to suffer from devastating effects of global warming.

It’s vital that we protect the industries that we have here against the growing threat of tidal surges from increased storms and rising sea levels. It’s not just the local economy that relies on the energy produced in the estuary – it’s most of the UK too.

Importance of the 
Humber Estuary Importance of the 
Humber Estuary
  • 60% of the world's population live close to an estuary, port or water. The Humber
  • The Humber region is the second most flood-prone area in the UK. The Humber

There's a lot worth protecting...

  • UK's busiest port complex.
    UK's busiest port complex.
  • UK's largest chemical cluster.
    UK's largest chemical cluster.
  • The largest concentration of energy intensive industry in the UK.
    The largest concentration of energy intensive industry in the UK.

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Yorkshire Water
Enterprise Partnership
Singleton Birch
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Citycare / SharedAgenda
Phillips 66
Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy
Northern Powergrid
North Lincolnshire Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
Marketing Humber
Jesmond Engineering
Hull University Teaching Hospitals
Humber Local Enterprise Partnership
Hull City Council
Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University
Humber Nature Partnership
Humber Learning Consortium
GWE Biogas
Groupe Atlantic
Engie Cofely
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Centrica Storage
British Steel
Ark - National Flood Resilience Centre
Associated British Ports
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University of Hull