Green shoots of recovery – the surprising effect of Covid
Covid has given us cause to pause and think and realise that paradigm shifts are possible and that now is the time to embrace a net zero future. Words like the green industrial revolution and green new deal are being talked about with enthusiasm and now real projects are beginning to move on from last year's '10 Point Plan' into research and real development projects. The Government has made announcements this month, no doubt prompted by the imminent UK hosted COP26, to invest £171 million in nine projects to complete engineering and design for a decarbonised infrastructure such as carbon capture, usage and storage and hydrogen. These are focusing on Merseyside, St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, Teesside, Humber and South Wales.
For those who, like me, have a keen eye for these announcements, I was encouraged to hear about a local planning application close to us in Brighton. H2Evolution and Shoreham Port are proposing to create a green hydrogen hub. This will see the development of an electrolysis plant to create hydrogen which will be fully certified as green. The hub, which is aiming to be operational by 2024, is able to prevent emissions of 100 tonnes CO2 per day. Maybe those green shoots are beginning to take root?