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NEPIC Clean Growth Event

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June 9, 2021

Online | United Kingdom

10:00 am - 4:30 pm


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HM Government clearly has national aspirations for ‘Clean Growth’ and associated ‘Green Jobs’ but what does this mean for the chemical processing sector? During this wide-ranging event, we will look at green issues across energy generation, chemical processing, transport, and government policy & funding opportunities.

Clean Growth is about protecting the environment whilst still allowing our industries to grow. We need to reduce the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere and recycle more of the plastics that are essential to modern living.

This event will look at new methods of clean energy generation, storage and transportation and how they will impact on the future economy. We will examine industrial symbiosis, industrial bioprocessing and plastics recycling as ways of minimising industry’s impact on the environment. The significant plans for carbon capture and storage on Teesside will be presented, along with funding opportunities and the emerging government green policies.

Join us live and online on Wednesday 9th June 2021 to better understand the significant implications for ‘Clean Growth’ in the North East of England and what this could mean to your business. 

Confirmed Speakers



Presentation Overviews & Agenda

The Challenges & Opportunities
Dave Robson, Technical Director

A brief overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the sector as we move toward Net Zero to set the scene for the days events.

A Future Vision for Tees Valley
Gareth Fletcher, Business Developer and Technology Manager
Tees Valley Combined Authority

TVCA are working with local industry, academia and the wider community to develop and deliver a future vision for sustainability. As part of this they are working with BP and NEPIC to create a Net Zero Cluster Plan for the Industrial Cluster.

Low Carbon Power from Waste
Keith Birch, Industry Executive Upstream Chemicals

In order for the UK to reach Net Zero it will be necessary to develop “negative emissions technology” and one of the opportunities for this lies within the Energy from Waste sector. Suez are actively exploring capturing the CO2 emissions from its Teesside facility.

Hydrogen & H2Teesside
Matt Williamson, Vice President Blue Hydrogen

The role of Hydrogen in decarbonising the UK and an introduction to BP’s recently announced H2Teesside project, the UK’s largest hydrogen project producing up to 1GW of Blue Hydrogen on Teesside.

Net Zero Teesside
Ben Hanson, Commercial Developer Hydrogen & CCUS
Bilal Ahmad, Business Development Analyst CCUS & Hydrogen
Net Zero Teesside

It is widely acknowledged that Carbon Capture and Utilisation are essential to achieving Net Zero and mitigating Climate Change, the Net Zero Teesside project seeks not just to provide decarbonised power but also provide a network to capture CO2 from industrial processes for storage offshore. The offshore transport and storage network will also enable decarbonisation of the Humberside cluster as well. Ben and Bilal will provide an overview of the project.

Advancing the Circular Economy through North East innovation
Paul Swift, Director – Open Innovation UK
Procter & Gamble

The circular economy heralds a fantastic opportunity to promote sustainability and also keep valuable materials in circulation for longer. Innovation is vital to develop the circular economy and Paul will highlight the work that Procter and Gamble are doing regionally in this area and their vision for the future.

Mineswater Heat Recovery
Andrew Clark, Energy Programme Lead
North East LEP

Whilst coal mines are often considered a legacy of the regions past, they can provide a low carbon source of energy for the future. Andrew will highlight this opportunity and the work being carried out by NELEP to develop a low carbon future for the region.

Hydrogen for Transport
Tom Bryant, Head of Transport
Tees Valley Combined Authority

Alongside the activities to decarbonise industrial processes significant progress is ongoing to decarbonise the transport sector and Tom will highlight the vision TVCA have in this area.

A North East Gigafactory
Leon Denis, Head of Procurement

Britishvolt is looking to lead the Lithium ion, and beyond Lithium Ion, battery industry by implementing a sustainable, highly advanced manufacturing and business strategy to deliver on the exacting needs of our customers and assist in the acceleration of sustainable transport and the renewable energy sector.

Sustainable aviation fuel and creating value from CO2
Jonathan Rand, Senior Scientist – Fermentation

CPI acts as a catalyst bringing together academia, businesses, government and investors to translate bright ideas and research into the marketplace. Jonathan will present CPI’s  vision for sustainable aviation fuel and creating value from CO2 and H2.

Policy & Regulatory Framework
Richard Cockburn, Partner & Head of Energy
Womble Bond Dickinson

In order to develop a sustainable industrial sector capable of meeting the environmental challenges set out by the Government and yet remain globally competitive it is necessary for a supportive policy and regulatory framework to exist. Richard will provide an overview of developing government policy on business models for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (including the transportation and storage regulatory investment model, dispatchable power agreements and industrial carbon capture contracts) and an update on hydrogen business model policy.

Funding Opportunities
Jim Harvey, Innovation Lead Industrial Decarbonisation
Innovate UK

Working alongside policy and regulation support for Research, Development & Deployment is essential to ensure the UK remains at the cutting edge of decarbonisation. Jim who is the Innovation Lead for Industrial Decarbonisation will highlight opportunities for funding support.

The Interdisciplinary Circular Chemical Economy Centre
Dr Libby Gibson, Reader in Energy Materials
Newcastle University

The newly launched Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy brings together stakeholders from academia, industry, government, NGOs and general public to transform the UK’s chemical industry into a fossil-independent, climate-positive and environmentally-friendly circular economy. As part of a £22.5 million strategic government investment, it will play a key role in helping the UK to reduce waste and the environmental impacts of production and consumption, and will create opportunities for new UK industries. Libby will provide an overview of the centre and exciting work it will undertake.

Our Journey to Net Zero – Technologies and Applications
Douglas Spalding, Head of Product Planning & Marketing
Doosan Babcock

Douglas will provide an overview of the technology solutions around turning CO2 into useful chemicals and the efficient production of Green/Blue Hydrogen.

Mapping the Plastics Recycling Supply Chain
Dr Ahmet Onur Agca, Innovation Manager – Plastics Recycling
NEPIC / Durham University

NEPIC and Durham University are working together to perform a supply chain exercise on Plastics Recycling in the North East. Onur will explain his work to date and some of the potential opportunities that exist.

Industrial Biotechnology in the Process Industry Cluster
Chris Holt, Innovation Manager – Biotechnology
NEPIC / Teesside University

The use of biotechnology offers many opportunities for the industrial cluster in the region. Chris will highlight these opportunities and the work he is doing to support and grow this key sector of the regional economy.

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