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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and membership organisation CATCH are developing the Humber Industrial Decarbonisation Roadmap (HIDR) to establish a pathway for the Humber industrial cluster’s carbon emissions to be net zero by 2040, and significantly reduced by 2030.

The HIDR is supported with a grant of £96,000 from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) administered by innovate UK and focuses on the Humber industrial cluster, which is concentrated in locations around the Humber Estuary: around Immingham, Saltend Chemicals Park and the Scunthorpe-Selby corridor.  Each has substantial concentrations of industry and power generation, offering the potential to test different approaches and phase interventions, whilst capturing synergies from bringing the UK’s largest cluster together.

HIDR will enable the Humber’s large industrial emitters, low carbon infrastructure providers and other stakeholders to develop a shared approach to achieving net zero by 2040.  This will break down the UK’s biggest industrial decarbonisation opportunity into manageable parts, align it with wider local clean growth plans and build consensus around the actions required.  This co-ordinated approach will complement work undertaken by two ISCF deployment projects and aims to reduce the barriers to developing and connecting to low carbon infrastructure. This will enable the Humber to engage effectively together with Government on business and regulatory models, and maximise local business and community benefits from the transition.

Phase 1 will develop the strategy for producing the roadmap and includes base-line data analysis, appraisal of relevant technologies, scoping of indicative carbon reduction scenarios and modelling options. This will pave the way for producing the Roadmap in Phase 2 for which further funding will be sought.

Project Dates

April 1, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Project Sponsor

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership


The Humber cluster is concentrated in locations around the Humber Estuary. It includes the UK’s main centre for steel production; two oil refineries; two major chemicals clusters; and biofuel, cement, lime and glass manufacturers. It is part of the Energy Estuary, which includes the largest offshore wind farm under construction in the world; several existing and planned gas-fired power stations; and the UK’s largest biomass power station – offering the potential for blue and green hydrogen production and BECCS. The UK’s largest ports complex and the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone underpin the area’s potential for further industrial growth.


Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Grant (£94,800)

Private Sector Match – CATCH contribution (£25,200)

Total – £120k


An initial baseline emissions assessment has been undertaken by Element Energy. A link to this can be found below, along with the final report setting out the findings, conclusions and recommendations from Phase 1.

Baseline Local Emissions Assessment

HIDR Phase 1 Final Report


Approval Status

Business case approved

Delivery Status


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Last updated: August 20, 2020

All locations are approximate.

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