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Excitement at Conservative Party Conference for our hydrogen plans #CPC21

5th October 2021

First day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester #CPC21 and it’s been a jam-packed day of meetings and discussions.

I’ve been having so many brilliant conversations about the Estuary, especially about hydrogen today, and everybody is buzzing about the opportunities here.

How the Thames Estuary will contribute to the UK’s hydrogen economy

Feedback to our plans for creating an Estuary hydrogen eco-system has be extremely positive. We will play a major role in the UK’s hydrogen economy, and we’re reaching out to other regions to see how we can work together to make the most of this clean fuel economy.

I was delighted to share our ambitions with Baroness Vere of Norbiton – Minister for Roads, Buses and Places and Jill Mortimer, MP for Hartlepool who were both excited about our plans.

Always a pleasure to catch up with, Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley – by far one of the brightest stars of the conference. We have a unique opportunity for hydrogen that neatly knits with plans for Tees Valley, and other regions for that matter.

Wonderful to catch up with decision makers in this sphere and to sit in a hydrogen-run car of the future, that our hydrogen eco-system could help power!

Kate Willard OBE in hydrogen car

How we can contribute to the UK’s hydrogen economy

Developing a Hydrogen eco-system in the Estuary that will play a significant role in the UK’s hydrogen economy is a priority for the Board. We are really close to revealing our plans.

We have already had contact with serious international investors. In fact, we’ve had a positive response to our proposals from over 120 investors managing in excess of £11 trillion of funds.

Our proposals will work alongside developments in other regions. Our research has identified that our hydrogen economy will add £3.8bn GVA, create 9,000 jobs and remove 2.43m tons of carbon.

Banner reads: A Thames Estuary hydrogen ecosystem would add £3.8bn GVA, create 9,000 jobs and remove 2.43m tons of carbon. Private investors are ready.

Supporting the Estuary’s hydrogen ecosystem is a win-win-win

What is really exciting about this, is how it fits in with the investment piece at the Thames Freeport and alongside our river freight research. It all links in and the sum is even greater than its parts. Of course, this will contribute to levelling up the region and achieving net zero targets, as well as creating the greenest Estuary in the world. It’s a win-win-win.

You can bet, I’m talking to people at the conference about this and I am really looking forward to on day 2.

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