Low carbon energy in the North West

Energy innovation is thriving across Liverpool, Manchester and Cheshire.

Led by the Mayor, an ambitious new Energy Strategy is currently being drafted for Liverpool City Region. Cadent has engaged with the Mayor and Liverpool LEP as part of the Strategy development process. This will build on the City Region’s recent new Transport Plan for Growth, the objectives of which HyNet would help meet.

Greater Manchester ambition is for a ‘cleaner greener region’, with a 48% reduction in carbon emissions. HyNet fits with the region’s focus on low carbon business sector and skills growth, and achieving cleaner air. In 2018 we showcased HyNet at the first Manchester Green Summit and are currently helping to inform the Mayoral-led work on whole system energy approaches.

Cadent is also part of the Energy Innovation District (EID). The EID was established by the industry-led Cheshire Energy Hub, which is focused on boosting productivity and fostering innovation in the NW energy sector. It brings together generators, energy-intensive manufacturers, innovators and academics to create a joined-up solution to the UK’s energy challenge.

All three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – for Manchester, Liverpool and Cheshire, and the two Metro-Mayors for Liverpool and Manchester have engaged closely with Cadent and are supportive of the project.

Supporting Companies

Supporting companies include global companies and brands across many sectors; from chemicals, glass and oil refining to food, paper and automotive. These organisations are supportive of the development of a low carbon hydrogen production and distribution network in the North West and are currently engaging with Cadent to explore the use of hydrogen.

Essar Oil
Ibstock Brick
Jaguar Land Rover
CF Fertilisers
Cereal Partners Worldwide Nestlé and General Mills

Working with industry

The industrial economy of the North West is based on a range of world class energy intensive industries.

Low carbon hydrogen, provided it is supplied at a price which is competitive with natural gas, is a potentially attractive substitute fuel for heat generation or for use in manufacturing processes.

In addition, the availability of carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) infrastructure, deployed as part of the Project, could enable the decarbonisation of wider process plant for which fuel substitution is not possible.

HyNet can drive growth in the North West by enabling the production of low carbon products, along with pioneering hydrogen skills and technologies.

North West Hydrogen Alliance

The Alliance is a group of leading organisations with a strong presence in the North West. It includes local academia, hydrogen producers, design engineers, major landowners and a range of other entities. All share a vision of creating a geographical centre of excellence and innovation which stimulates regional employment and underpins the UK’s emerging hydrogen economy. The Alliance is shortly to be formalised.

Supply chain

A number of key asset owners will be needed for the successful delivery of HyNet. Cadent is working with major organisations in the North West to establish a Project Consortium and wider supply chain.