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  • Drax urges the UK to seize opportunities to build a zero carbon economy

    As Britain takes the lead in tackling the climate crisis, 2020 is set to be a year of unprecedented opportunity for its businesses, according to Drax.

    Speaking at the British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference in London on Thursday March 5, 2020, Clare Harbord Drax Group Director of Corporate Affairs said: “By investing in the skills and new technologies needed to get the country to net zero, businesses can be world leading, creating new opportunities to develop and grow.”

    Drax has announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030 by pioneering bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) – a ground-breaking negative emissions technology which is essential if the UK is to meet its climate targets.

    It is also spearheading a zero-carbon skills taskforce in the North, aimed at ensuring the region has a workforce which is ready to reap the rewards of a net zero economy.

    Giving the keynote address at the British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference in London, Clare Harbord said: “Despite all of the challenges we face – this is a year of great opportunity for British business to take a world leading role in tackling the climate crisis.”

    She added: “We can seize the opportunities of infrastructure and new technology and investment that will put our country and our businesses at the heart of a global green economy.”

    Through the Zero Carbon Humber initiative, being delivered in partnership with National Grid Ventures and Equinor, Drax aims to establish the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040.

    The Humber is the UK’s biggest industrial region employing 55,000 people in energy, manufacturing and engineering and as the most carbon intensive region in the country – taking steps to decarbonise the area would make a more significant impact on addressing the climate crisis than anywhere else in the UK.

    “Our vision is to put the Humber back on the global stage as an example to the rest of the world of climate leadership in action, creating green jobs and clean growth,” she said.

    “As the world’s attention turns to Glasgow and the COP26 conference this Autumn, there is no better time for government to show its support for British businesses and the British technology that is leading this fight.”