The Cluster Plan will develop the roadmap to decarbonise the Tees Valley industrial cluster by 2040. It will include all of the major Industrials in the region that can provide the most significant contributions to decarbonisation. We are currently evaluating between 20 – 40 Industrials in this process, and this includes existing assets and assets that are likely to be operational by 2040. In this context “decarbonisation” is any activity that helps meet the goal of Net Zero by 2040 – whether this is carbon capture and storage; energy reduction; feedstocks & fuels switching; increased use or generation of renewable energy; and any other similar activity or technology.
Our project is still in progress, but our early learning point so far is that early and persistent engagement with all stakeholders is important: it is vital to recognise the different perspectives and priorities of different stakeholders.