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HyNet North West - Creating a net zero region

HyNet North West aims to decarbonise the North West and North Wales by 2025, unlocking a clean energy future for the region. Learn more here and tell us your views.


Give us your views on creating a net zero region
HyNet North West is an exciting new clean energy project working to decarbonise North West England and North East Wales.

In 2019, the UK responded to the global climate emergency by committing to a net zero carbon emissions target of 2050. To achieve this, the UK needs to balance the amount of carbon we produce with the amount we remove from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount of carbon we add is no more than the amount which is taken away.

Read our net zero factsheetDarllenwch ein taflen ffeithiau am sero-net

HyNet has been developed to tackle this challenge. HyNet is an ambitious and viable answer to reducing CO₂ emissions across the North West England and North Wales region which can be rolled out to reduce, and capture, CO₂ emissions this decade.

HyNet will create the infrastructure to deliver hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The hydrogen we produce will be used in the region's industry, transport, homes and businesses. The project also includes infrastructure to capture CO₂ emissions from energy-intensive industries in the area, and from the hydrogen plant, transporting and safely storing these emissions underground.

Read our carbon capture fact sheetDarllenwch ein taflen ffeithiau am ddal carbon
Find out more about carbon capture


How will HyNet North West benefit the region?





Environment

HyNet will unlock a low carbon future for the North West and North Wales, creating routes for industry to decarbonise their products. Transport, such as trains and lorries, will use clean fuel and homes will blend hydrogen in to their gas supply to heat their homes with a low carbon fuel, without the need for new appliances.

Locally, HyNet will improve air quality and place the region at the forefront of clean energy innovation, creating green growth and encouraging  further investment into the region. The use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and clean hydrogen power will pave the way for net zero and lead the UK in the fight against climate change. 

Jobs and opportunities

Similarly to other regions with a strong industrial base, the North West and North Wales will face challenges in meeting the 2050 net-zero target as costs of operating rise. HyNet will help local industries remain viable for the future by reducing, and eventually halting, carbon emissions, keeping the region as an attractive place for industry to operate, invest and thrive. 

HyNet will bring opportunities for local people to develop new skillsets and train to work in exciting, world-leading sectors. As a result of its rich industrial past, the area is a hotspot of  skills and experience alongside fit-for-purpose infrastructure and cutting-edge science.  HyNet will create training and up-skilling opportunities for locals in exciting, new sectors. Nationally, HyNet North West will help to deliver 75,000 jobs by 2035 through a hydrogen economy, and unlock over £31 billion in GVA (Gross Value Added).

This is the first step in this innovative project – a carbon capture pipeline to safely transport and store the carbon which has been captured from local industry.

Read our hydrogen economy factsheetDarllenwch ein taflen ffeithiau am yr economi hydrogen

Give us your views

HyNet North West is a ground-breaking clean energy project that will unlock a low carbon future for the North West and North Wales, placing the region at the forefront of the UK’s journey to net zero and helping to decarbonise many sectors of the economy from 2025 onwards. The project will produce clean hydrogen to replace the fossil fuels we use today for industry, transport and homes. HyNet will also capture and store carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions produced by energy intensive industries.

The project is made up of several different elements, including upgrades to existing facilities as well as the development of new infrastructure. Put together, HyNet will play a big part in helping to create the UK’s low carbon economy, bringing economic and environmental benefits to the local area and across the UK.

How important do you believe the following challenges are for the region to tackle?

Tackling climate change

Neither important not unimportant

Helping the UK reach Net Zero carbon emission targets by 2050

Neither important nor unimportant

Removing carbon from industry, homes and transport in North West England and North Wales

Neither important nor unimportant

Improving our local environment, such as improving local air quality

Neither important nor unimportant

Helping the region to become a leader in clean industrial innovation

Neither important not unimportant

Helping to protect and create jobs and opportunities for those living in the North West and North Wales

Neither important nor unimportant

To what extent do you support or oppose HyNet North West’s ambitions to produce clean hydrogen to replace the fossil fuels we use for industry, transport and homes?

Neither support or oppose

To what extent do you agree or disagree that HyNet North West can help to tackle the following issues?

Helping to tackle climate change

Neither agree not disagree

Helping the UK meet its Net Zero carbon targets by 2050

Neither agree not disagree

Removing carbon from industry, homes and transport in North West England and North Wales

Neither agree not disagree

Improving our local environment, such as improving local air quality

Neither agree nor disagree

Helping the region to become a leader in clean industrial innovation

Neither agree nor disagree

Helping to protect and create jobs and opportunities for those living in the North West and North Wales

Neither agree nor disagree

Are there any other key issues you feel should be considered as part of HyNet North West?

Is there anything more you would like to know about HyNet North West?

Personal info

Your personal information is captured, held and processed by Participatr Limited for the purposes of this project only. Participatr Limited has created and launched this engagement platform on behalf of HyNet North West, and we collectively make decisions about how personal information is captured, held, processed and analysed, meaning that we are joint data controllers for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Your name and email address is used to identify you as a single respondent and, if you have opted-in to receive updates, to send you news and information about this project. Your postcode is used to relate your comments and feedback to your broad location and will not be used to contact you in any way. All of your personal information is held in a secure database on a server located in the United Kingdom. For more information about how we use your personal information, please visit our privacy policy.

Once you submit your responses, you will still be able to provide your feedback on the other elements of this consultation.