INEOS Acetyls and Velocys have joined the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) partnership to help make the region the world’s first net zero industrial cluster.
It takes the partnership from 12 to 14 international energy, industrial and network operators to achieve the goal by 2040 through low carbon hydrogen, carbon capture and negative emissions, called carbon removal technology.
The announcement comes months after the consortium was selected by the government, as part of the wider East Coast Cluster, to become one of the UK’s first two regions to decarbonise its industrial cluster.
INEOS bought bp’s operations at Saltend Chemicals Park last January, where it employs more than 300 people and supplies a wide range of downstream industries, such as food, pharmaceuticals, paints, adhesives and packaging.
Saltend Chemicals Park is also home to ZCH partners px and Triton Power and has been confirmed as the location of the Equinor-led H2H Saltend project, which uses low carbon hydrogen to fuel the onsite power stations and lower carbon emissions at the park by nearly one million tones per year.
INEOS was recently been announced as one of six companies to sign co-operation agreements to explore the potential use of H2H Saltend’s hydrogen in their processes.
Velocys provides the technology to enable the production of sustainable aviation fuel SAF) rom waste feedstock, including ordinary waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled. By using carbon capture and storage (CCS), it has the potential to produce net zero or net negative emission fuel.
It has selected a site in Immingham, for the development of a waste-to-sustainable-aviation-fuels plant, which could also create jobs for the region.
The addition of the two partners increases the diversity of projects and technologies in the region to achieve the goal.
David Brooks, Chief Executive, INEOS Acetyls said: “The INEOS Acetyls site in Hull has a long tradition of developing lower carbon solutions, so we’re proud to become part of the Zero Carbon Humber consortium, helping the region to be competitive for generations to come. It reinforces INEOS’ commitment to producing essential products while reducing emissions to net zero by 2050.”
Dr Neville Hargreaves, Velocys VP Waste to Fuels added: “Velocys is delighted to be joining the impressive group of companies that make up Zero Carbon Humber. The Altalto project, in collaboration with British Airways, can deliver zero carbon flight this decade and is an example of the new industries enabled by carbon capture and storage, bringing skilled green jobs to the region.”