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The region’s business community, together with interested residents, are invited to take part in a flagship COP 26 event as the Carbon Battle Bus visits Hull city centre.



The battle bus, which is travelling the whole of the UK as part of Planet Mark’s Zero Carbon Tour, is being brought to the region by the HEY LEP.

This whole day event, taking place on Monday 18 October at Hull City Hall’ Mortimer Suite, will explore many of the topical and practical aspects of net-zero, decarbonisation and sustainability. The event will have limited in-person tickets available but will also be streamed online for those who wish to attend remotely.

The first event of the day will be held by Marketing Humber, who are bringing its opening Waterline Summit 2021 event ‘The Waterline – Why the world needs the Humber,’ to Hull City Hall.

Held over five days from 18 to 22 October, just weeks before COP26, The Waterline Summit 2021 will link innovative decarbonisation projects and pioneering work taking place to tackle climate change in the Humber to similar efforts across the world.

The Waterline event will see a panel of special guests, featuring nationally known experts, discuss how the Humber region’s unique opportunities for environmental change and improvement can have a global influence.

Planet Mark, a sustainability certification for businesses, real estate and products, will then hold events across the day on the main stage, while HEY LEP will also be holding break-out sessions on a number of related subjects, such as how SMEs can become more sustainable and how partnering with nature groups can ensure property developments can be environmentally friendly.

Businesses from across the region will also showcase how they have made or are planning to make important changes to their businesses to embrace climate change and become more sustainable.

There will also be space at the event for networking and to find out more about the different organisations across the region, who can support businesses with their net zero targets. Meanwhile, young people will be involved at the event with a special by invitation-only event for schools at the nearby Ferens art gallery, which will aim to inspire young people to make sustainable choices for any of their future business ambitions.

The tour is visiting Hull as part of the COP 26 summit taking place in Glasgow in November and the Government’s ‘Together for our Planet’ campaign and the UN-backed ‘Race to Zero’ campaign.

Chair of HEY LEP, James Newman, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting this flagship COP 26 event, which we hope will inspire local businesses and residents to consider the environmental impact of their operations or the way they live, encourage sustainable change and find new ways of conducting business, which may in turn help productivity and create a more sustainable climate.

“We also hope that this event can demonstrate to everyone in and outside of the region the great work already taking place in our region, as well as the huge opportunities we have to offer, not just the rest of the UK but the rest of the world.

“As the key partnership between the private and public sectors in the region, this is just one of the many activities the new HEY LEP is leading and coordinating within the Humber to support COP 26 and the net zero targets set by Government. We are, therefore, incredibly proud and pleased that we can showcase this event as part of the globally important COP 26 summit.”

Bill Walker, Chair of Marketing Humber, said: “We are delighted to bring the launch of The Waterline Summit 2021 to the Planet Mark’s Zero Carbon Tour, alongside our event partners the University of Hull, Yorkshire Water, Yorkshire Energy Park and Ørsted, and Waterline COP26 Partner Zero Carbon Humber.

“The Waterline campaign has sparked commitment and ambition across the Humber to transform threat into opportunity. This has created a fantastic platform over the last three years to recognise, network and promote the excellence in decarbonisation, renewables and environmental resilience in the UK’s biggest carbon generating region.

“This event will position the Humber as central to the global climate challenge facing world leaders and connecting the Humber globally. As we rebuild from the pandemic, our first day of events will be based around the need for a global green and just transition. Join us online as we kick off the first of many events across the full week 18-22 October as part of The Waterline Summit 2021 – we’re looking forward to seeing you there.”

Steve Malkin, CEO of event organisers Planet Mark, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with Hull and East Yorkshire LEP on the Zero Carbon Tour as part of the Together For Our Planet campaign in the build up to COP26. We look forward to gathering in-person and online with the local community to talk about net zero carbon and the critical Race to Zero that we must all play a part in, together.”

To book your tickets for The Waterline Summit launch event on that morning, please click here. For all other events taking place on October 18, please click here .