Teesside could play host to international summit on green exports

Teesside could host a global green exports and investment ‘expo’ if Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen gets his way.

Mr Houchen said such an international summit “could boost UK PLC” with the region being the ideal place to host it because of its green energy credentials.

He has written to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to push the case anew and is having discussions with Government officials.

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Mr Houchen highlighted the Government decision to bring a hydrogen transport hub to Middlesbrough’s Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park, which will act as a ‘centre of excellence’ to test hydrogen as a fuel to power various methods of transport.

Northern Gas Networks is also conducting a trial project in South Bank, Teesside, to see if hydrogen can be used by homes and businesses, utilising the domestic supply network.

Another Teesside-based project, the planned Net Zero carbon capture scheme aims to remove ten million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

And American firm GE Renewable Energy has chosen Teesworks, near Redcar, as the site of a manufacturing plant for offshore wind turbines.

Mr Houchen claimed the Government would be unable to reach its target of making the UK net carbon zero by 2050 without the input from Teesside.

He said: “We need an exports and investment expo and it needs to be held in Teesside.

“It would boost UK PLC and give the innovative clean and green technologies I see every week here exposure to international investment.”

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