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Joint Low Carbon Strategy

Tees Valley Combined Authority in partnership with NEPIC and KPMG is working to produce a new strategy over the next 6 months working with stakeholers across the region and nationally. The aim is to demonstrate clearly the contribution Tees Valley can make with its industry by deploying developments such Carbon Capture Storage & Utilisation, district heating, the hydrogen economy (including its use for heat and transport) and large scale energy storage.

I very much welcome the commitment of Tees Valley Combined Authority, NEPIC and KPMG to produce a new strategy to reinforce the regions low carbon credentials, but given that the case for Carbon Capture and Utilisation, district heating and the hydrogen economy has been made and better made over the last several years, it really is the time to get down to making this ambition turn into a reality.

Clearly the Government’s commitment of up to £20m to CCS development is very welcome but what is needed is the multi-billion pound investment by Government to urgently kick start this industry. If we delay it will be too late to keep our existing industries let alone attract new inward investment.

In short our competitors will steal a march on us. I would encourage the strategy writers to move with all due speed and draw upon the work that has already been done and get to publication as a matter of urgency.

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