HyNet North West, a low carbon and hydrogen energy project, is giving local communities an opportunity to take part in a public consultation session regarding the first stage of the HyNet Project, the carbon capture pipeline.

With the hydrogen and carbon capture cluster project set to expedite the North West of England and North Wales’ journey to reducing emissions and hitting targets, the area is en route to becoming a world-leader in clean energy technology.

Public consultation on the carbon capture pipeline opened on the 9th June, 2021 and HyNet are encouraging local communities to get involved in the feedback process.

David Parkin, Director of HyNet North West, said, “This is the first step in our exciting plans to develop a pipeline to safely transport carbon dioxide (CO2) away from industrial areas to be permanently stored under the seabed.”

“The first part of the infrastructure we will need is a pipeline which will remove CO2 from regional industry. We are inviting local communities to give their initial feedback at this early planning stage for the pipeline, and the overall project, from the 9th of June.”

HyNet intend to decarbonise the North West of England and North Wales starting from 2025. As well as capturing industrial carbon emissions, HyNet will power the regions’ industry, electricity generation, transport, and homes via production, storage, and distribution of low carbon hydrogen.

Parkin also praised the initiative for its benefit to the region’s community, saying, “The mix of local industrial experience, and cutting-edge science, provides the perfect based from which to create a hotspot for clean growth and innovation, providing a wide range of training and skills opportunities for local people, and creating over 6,000 local jobs.”

“We’re delighted to be taking this first public step in our plans to bring the region to the forefront of clean energy innovation.”

Within just five years, the mix of hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage (CCS) has the potential cut the region’s carbon emissions by 25%, the equivalent of taking over four million cars off the road.