The opportunity

Net zero by 2050

The UK has committed to net zero emissions by 2050. This means that over the next 28 years we need to reduce our net carbon dioxide emissions.

To achieve this, the government is exploring wide-ranging plans to transform how energy is produced and used, how people travel, and how our natural environment can be restored. This includes advancing the deployment of offshore wind, solar energy generation, electric vehicles, hydrogen and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS).

As set out in the UK government’s recent Energy Security Strategy, hydrogen is a clean, affordable and secure source of energy. Coupled with CCUS, it offers a low carbon alternative to fossil fuels.

We need to produce more low carbon hydrogen to help achieve net zero by 2050. Cadent’s North West Hydrogen Pipeline and the wider HyNet North West programme will help realise this ambition.

Zero emissions

In October 2021, the government announced the wider HyNet North West programme as the UK’s leading industrial decarbonisation cluster. This means the programme has been selected to lead the way in developing hydrogen and carbon storage infrastructure. This places the region at the heart of the UK’s drive to net zero. The wider HyNet North West programme is key to decarbonising industry in the region.

Interactive map (under review)

Interactive map

This map shows an overview of the proposals we presented at our second, statutory consultation – the area where our pipeline will be routed and temporary construction areas located, as well as potential Hydrogen Above Ground Installation (HAGI) and Block Valve Installation (BVI) locations.

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With a bold history of innovation and industry the North West of England is a natural choice to lead the way in developing alternative sources of energy. The use of such alternatives will help industry decarbonise and the UK reach net zero by 2050.

While establishing the region as a hub of innovation and clean growth, HyNet North West will create opportunities that will directly benefit the region. It will:

  • Attract inward investment to increase regional prosperity
  • Boost the region’s reputation as a highly attractive location for sustainable organisations
  • Provide opportunities for local people to develop new skills and to train to work in exciting and innovative sectors
  • Directly create new jobs

Cadent’s HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline will help unlock these opportunities and deliver the hydrogen needed to meet the UK’s net zero targets.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of the HyNet North West low carbon cluster.

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