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.
Humber already produces up to 25% of the UK's energy.
Home to the world's largest wind farm, powering 1m homes.
Local businesses converting to biomass and other renewable sources for power generation.
Opening soon in the region: world's largest plant to recover energy from solid waste fuels using advanced gasification technology.
Developing carbon capture and conversion into useful products.
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.
- 60% of the world's population live close to an estuary, port or water.
- The Humber region is the second most flood-prone area in the UK.
There's a lot worth protecting...
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