Leeds to host the 5th UK CCUS and Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit for the second-year running
Following the 2023 success of the 4th UK CCUS and Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit, Leeds has been chosen once again to host the 5th annual summit at the Royal Armouries in 2024.
Taking place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of February 2024, the 5th UK CCUS and Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit is expected to be even bigger and better than the last. With over 750 delegates and more than 60 exhibitors expected to attend from Government officials, regulators, leading academia and service companies, will see people travel from all over the world including North America, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Germany and Norway.
The conference will assess and review the opportunities within the UK energy sector and its aim will be to consider how hydrogen can be used to help the UK develop its own green energy source as well as how carbon capture can reduce emissions from the hard to abate sectors. Those in attendance will hear from project developers, policy makers and key industry stakeholders on how hydrogen, carbon capture storage and carbon capture utilisation can help reduce emissions from the energy intensive sectors.
In March this year, Leeds celebrated being chosen as the host city for the summit, as the conference took place outside of Birmingham for the first time in its three year history. This emphasises the city’s growing reputation for sustainability by continually working on reducing its collective carbon footprint, reducing its pollution and noise, promoting more sustainable modes of travel such as cycling, walking and public transport, and building sustainable infrastructure for the future.
There are a number of large sustainability projects taking place in Leeds right now. In addition to the city having the very first UK city climate commission, they are also installing a flagship £47 million reusable heat network, investing over £100 million into upgrading social housing, schools and community buildings with energy efficient measures, and they are a proud Fairtrade city. In recent years, Leeds has begun to lead the way in green conferencing, with 19 venues in the city holding green accreditations and even more on track to obtaining these in the near future.
Ruth Herbert, Chief Executive of The Carbon Capture & Storage Association said: “As policy makers grapple with the significant energy security, investment and infrastructure challenges of net zero, industry leaders push ahead, in inspiring ways, to decarbonise their industries and innovate towards a cleaner and more prosperous future.
“This conference will bring together significant policy makers and industry leaders, at a critical time for the global energy revolution, looking for closer alignment between policy ambition and industry reality.”
Claire Heap, Head of Conference Leeds commented: “We are so proud to have been chosen to host the UK CCUS and Hydrogen Decarbonisation Summit for the second year in a row.
“It is a testament to our city’s strong commitment to sustainability, but also to our hard work in delivering a successful event last year, which has resulted in the conference growing hugely in size for its 5th consecutive year.
A sustainable city and green conferencing is a huge passion of ours as we move towards the city and country’s net zero goals, and we look forward to hearing the interesting insights from this conference.”
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