Why our region is full of energy!
THE sun is currently shining on the Humber's energy mix – and not just in terms of solar power.
From offshore wind and biomass to carbon capture and storage (CCS) and petrochemicals, the Humber has a bright future.
Yesterday, businesspeople from both banks of the Humber gathered in Hull to hear how the Humber is a crucial part of the UK's energy mix.
They heard how the region is set to become even more vital as the UK battles to slash its carbon emissions and create a cleaner, greener future – without having to rely on energy exported from overseas.
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Dr Glyn Hughes, chairman of Humber Chemical Focus, said: "For at least 50 years, energy has been driven through our DNA here in the Humber.
"From the growth of the petrochemical industry, the growth of the steel industry from the 1960s and the discovery of gas in the 1960s and 1970s, energy forms a huge part of our industrial make- up.
"My view is the step- changes we have seen in the past few decades are going to continue.
"There is a lot of evidence, whether in planning or ideas or investment already on the ground, that the Humber has got a very strong energy future.
"But it is going to be about more than just wind, and about more than just gas."
Underlining how significant the energy sector is in terms of jobs, Dr Hughes pointed to statistics which showed about one in 20 UK jobs is currently linked to the industry.
This is projected to increase to about one in every six jobs as the UK attempts to free itself from imported energy and finds innovative ways to source energy from within and around our coastline.
Dr Hughes was speaking at The Best of Yorkshire: Energy event at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina, which had been organised by the Yorkshire Gold Business Club and UK Trade and Investment.
Other speakers included John Bradley, of Wakefield firm Crompton Controls, who explained to delegates why solar PV – where roof-top panels convert energy from the sun into electricity – remained an attractive offer for businesses.
He said: "Having PV panels not only means you are doing your bit for the environment, it also means you are getting free energy, as well as being paid for the electricity you produce.
"That means you are getting something for nothing which, as a Yorkshireman, I think is great!"