First chance for communities to have their say on ground breaking net zero decarbonisation project
The North West and North Wales have ambitions to become cleaner, and greener. To achieve the
aim of becoming net zero emitters of carbon dioxide before 2050, big steps need to be taken, and
they need to happen quickly.
HyNet North West is the UK’s first hydrogen and carbon capture cluster, which will support a
reduction of emissions in the region whilst unlocking a clean energy economy.
From Wednesday the 9 June 2021, local communities have the opportunity to learn more about the
project and to have their say on a proposed carbon capture pipeline which will remove carbon
dioxide from regional industry. Information on the project and the consultation process can be found
The project is set to revolutionise the North West of England and North Wales’ journey to hitting
regional emissions targets, establishing the area as a world-leader in clean energy technology, and
strongly contributing to the UK’s national climate objectives.
David Parkin, Director of HyNet North West said: “This is the first step in our exciting
plans to develop a pipeline to safely transport carbon dioxide (CO2) away from industrial areas to be
permanently stored under the seabed. The project has the potential to help to decarbonise one of
the UK’s largest industrial clusters and, by helping local industry to reduce their carbon
emissions, will play its part in ensuring organisations remain viable as the UK moves to net zero
“This is the chance for those living and working within the North West and North Wales to support
the decarbonisation of their region. The first part of the infrastructure we will need is a pipeline
which will remove CO2 from regional industry. We are inviting local communities to give
their initial feedback at this early planning stage for the pipeline, and the overall project, from 9
From 2025, HyNet North West will decarbonise the North West of England and North Wales through
the creation of state of-the-art infrastructure. In addition to capturing the carbon from industry,
HyNet will produce, store and distribute low carbon hydrogen to power the regions’ industry,
electricity generation, transport and homes.
The mix of hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential to cut the
region’s carbon emissions by 25% in just five years – the same as taking over four million cars off the
road. In the longer term, HyNet North West will provide a genuine solution to the national climate
emergency: by 2030, it could already be delivering 80% of the government’s national target for low
carbon hydrogen for power, transport, industry, and homes by itself.
David Parkin continues: “The mix of local industrial experience, and cutting-edge science, provides
the perfect base from which to create a hotspot for clean growth and innovation, providing a wide
range of training and skills opportunities for local people, and creating over 6,000 local jobs. All this
while making the region – and eventually the entire country – cleaner, greener and safer for future
“We’re delighted to be taking this first public step in our plans to bring the region to the forefront of
clean energy innovation. By reaching out to and hearing what local people, business and industry
have to say about the project, and bringing them along for the journey, we can deliver something
that is not only truly innovative but a testament to the communities who will benefit from it for
years to come.”
Visit the HyNet Consultation Hub.