The global energy revolution has begun. The Humber region can play a key role.

The Humber region is an important part of the UK economy, contributing £18 billion each year and providing 55,000 jobs across a range of industries including refineries, petrochemicals, steelmaking and power generation. 

As the UK’s largest industrial cluster, the Humber is responsible for producing 12.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. This means it can play a crucial part in helping the UK to transition to a low carbon economy and reach its ambitions around net-zero by 2050. The development of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and low carbon hydrogen technologies can help to decarbonise the UK's major industrial powerhouse. By accelerating the green transformation in the Humber, we can future proof our businesses, secure long-term jobs and attract inward investment.

Our Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project forms the backbone of the Zero Carbon Humber vision to become the UK’s first net-zero carbon cluster by 2040. Our proposed project aims to deliver a new onshore network of pipelines to transport captured carbon emissions from the region’s emitters for safe storage, and enable industries to fuel-switch from fossil fuels to low carbon hydrogen.

We want to hear your views.

The consultation

As we work to deliver this vision, we want to hear your views so we can shape and refine our plans and ensure the communities living and working around the Humber region have a chance to inform and potentially influence the development of our plans.

September 2021 marks our first stage of public consultation to share our draft plans and invite feedback on them. We intend to hold two further rounds of consultation in 2022. 

We are here to listen. All comments will be reviewed and considered. Please take part in the consultation by reading this website and visiting ‘Have Your Say’ to give your feedback and get involved.

Please provide all comments in writing by 22 October 2021.

The opportunity

The Humber and wider Yorkshire region has the opportunity to support the regional agenda to decarbonise and the UK ambition to reach net zero by 2050.

Our proposed network of pipelines will transport captured carbon dioxide emissions from the region’s emitters for safe storage and allow local industries to fuel-switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen.

The Humber region

The Yorkshire and Humber region is the UK’s largest and most carbon intensive industrial cluster. It is home to a high concentration of fossil fuel power stations and large industrial plants that release millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. This makes it an ideal and important location for clean growth projects using carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen.

By drawing on its existing skills and infrastructure, the Humber can become the base for the UK’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations while delivering thousands of jobs and export opportunities for businesses across the region

Net zero by 2050

The UK is at the forefront of global efforts to combat climate change. In 2019, the UK became the first major global economy to pass legally binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

To achieve this ambition, the Government is exploring wide-ranging plans to transform how energy is produced and used, how people travel, and how our natural environment can be restored. This includes advancing the deployment of offshore wind, solar energy generation and electric vehicles, hydrogen and CCUS.

Hydrogen could provide a clean source of fuel and heat for our homes, transport and industry. As set out in the UK Hydrogen Strategy, the Government is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) technology will play a critical role in helping to achieve net zero by capturing carbon dioxide emissions and storing them safely. The UK is planning for several CCUS clusters over the next decade, capturing up to 10 million tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide per year by 2030. The Government’s initial aim is to deploy CCUS in two industrial clusters by the mid-2020s.

Realising the potential

The Government is committed to supporting the development of CCUS and hydrogen technologies in the UK. Following consultation in February 2021, the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) set out its approach to determine the sequence for locations to deploy CCUS in order to achieve this ambition. You can read more about this here.

By the end of 2021, the Government will identify at least two proposed CCUS clusters in the UK to be ready for deployment by the mid-2020s. These chosen clusters will then receive financial support from the Government’s CCUS programme. The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project is already being developed in order to be ready for deployment by the mid-2020s. You can find more information about the Carbon Capture and Storage Infrastructure Fund here.

"We will generate new clean power with offshore wind farms, nuclear plants and by investing up to half a billion pounds in new hydrogen technologies. We will use this energy to carry on living our lives, running our cars, buses, trucks and trains, ships and planes, and heating our homes while keeping bills low. And to the extent that we still emit carbon, we will pioneer a new British industry dedicated to its capture and return to under the North Sea."

The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, HM Government, November 2020

East Coast Cluster

This project is part of the East Coast Cluster.

The East Coast Cluster brings together communities, businesses, industry and academia to deliver the carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure needed to decarbonise the Humber and Teesside regions. It was created by the Northern Endurance Partnership - a partnership between BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell, Total and National Grid - which aims to develop offshore carbon dioxide transportation and storage infrastructure in the North Sea and wider Humber region. The cluster will take part in the Government’s carbon capture and storage cluster sequencing process. The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project will play an important role in delivering this cluster.

The Government’s upcoming decision on which clusters will receive funding for early development will help to shape the Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project over the coming years and will influence the form of further consultation taking place in 2022.

About us

National Grid Ventures is part of the National Grid group. By developing, operating and investing in innovative projects and partnerships, it is helping to develop a cleaner future for the UK.

National Grid Ventures has a long track record of developing and operating energy infrastructure across the UK and United States, leveraging its experience and knowledge of gas and electricity networks, including direct experience in developing solutions for the transportation and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Its experience of working on previous carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects in the UK, such as the Yorkshire and Humber carbon capture and storage (CCS) Cross Country Pipeline, makes it a leading developer in the sector. National Grid Ventures aims to utilise the knowledge and capabilities acquired through this experience to accelerate the development of CCUS across the UK.  

You can find out more information about National Grid Ventures here.  

Contact

If you have any questions or queries about our plans for the Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

You can contact us via:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0800 860 6255
Freepost: FREEPOST HLCP NATIONAL GRID

We have recently begun our first round of consultation. If you would like to give feedback on the project, please visit Have your say for more information about how you can get involved and help shape our plans. The deadline for feedback is 22 October 2021

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The project

Find out more about our proposals for the Humber region

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Landowners

We'll work closely with landowners and occupiers to plan and deliver the project

Hydrogen & CCUS

Understanding hydrogen, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS)

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Have your say

An opportunity for you to give your views on the Zero Carbon Humber project

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What happens next?

A timeline of key milestones through the process

FAQ

Find out the answers to questions we get asked the most