Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firms' Blueprint for Low Carbon Strategy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Firms' Blueprint for Low Carbon Strategy

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Byline: MIKE HUGHES @MikeHughes

TEESSIDE businesses are to help draw up a new low carbon strategy for the region, to increase the chances of them landing major job opportunities.

Our MPs have taken the case to Westminster for Teesside to be awarded the UK's first scheme to capture carbon emissions - bringing with it a wave of 5,900 new jobs.

So getting a clear understanding of the economic and technological potential will help Tees Valley Combined Authority maintain the region's competitiveness, increasing business and economic activity at the same time as underlining our claim to the jobs. Now a new blueprint, in partnership with NEPIC and KPMG, will be developed over the next six months to build on our already established success in four key areas: |CCS Carbon Capture and Storage (to grab emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels, preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere); | | | District heating, where heat is generated locally and shared between homes, offices and factories; | The hydrogen economy (we already produce half of the UK's entire output) and, | Large scale energy storage (which allows it to be kept for when it is needed).

Over the last two years the Combined Authority has been looking at a wide range of opportunities to tackle climate change whilst securing current and future investment and jobs in the very important energy dependant industries. By developing a strategic action plan, the region can assess where growth will come from; what actions are required to meet the targets and ultimately develop an operational plan for implementation.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "The question of what is the best path for the Tees Valley in making its contribution to national objectives - currently an 80% reduction by 2050 in greenhouse gas emissions - now needs to be answered. …

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