Prime Minister Johnson is full of hot air when it comes to tackling climate change but green initiatives are happening in our region backed by Labour political leaders.
From HyNet North West to the Mersey tidal power proposal in the Liverpool City Region (LCR), action is taking place to drive the transition to a carbon neutral economy.
One such initiative could power up to 1,000 buses in LCR, which includes Halton, using low carbon hydrogen made at Runcorn in the neighbouring Halton constituency.
I was strongly opposed to the pro-fracking stance of INEOS. But credit where credit’s due, its business INOVYN is now helping to decarbonise the UK economy through initiatives like this as we move towards those net zero carbon emissions.
We recently learned the HyNet North West project is to begin converting natural gas into low carbon ‘blue’ hydrogen from 2025 after being chosen as a Track 1 project.
Produced at Stanlow, it will supply industry, fuel buses, trains and HGVs, generate electricity and heat homes and hospitals across Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and North Wales.
Carbon dioxide created during the process will be safely captured and stored offshore. HyNet will retain existing employment and create thousands of new jobs for people across the region.
However, the ultimate aim is to produce green hydrogen at scale with no air pollution. I have met with partners involved in this project, expressing my desire to move to that position as quickly as possible.