Niall MacFadyen presents: Plans for a Green Careers centre in the old Hydro building on Chester Weir.
I will talk about the massive expected investment in the local area following our Track 1 award for carbon capture and storage. It is currently expected that there will be over 30Bn of investment and 30,000 new jobs, as we move to being the UK’s first net zero industrial cluster.
In addition to the industrial investment, there are plans to decarbonise agriculture and land use. Cheshire is a world leader in dairy farming, and whilst farming is a major source of greenhouse gasses, new approaches will reduce emissions and create new high-value rural jobs. This includes robot-based farming in Greenhouses and vertical farms, using industrial waste heat to grow food locally instead of flying it in from Africa.
Finally, I will talk about the emerging plans for “Greenhouse Gas Removals” or GGR. This involves Bio-energy with carbon capture (BECCS) and direct air capture (DACCS). As the price of carbon and fossil fuels increase, new technologies will become increasingly important, and we believe that the local area can be a world leader in implementation, creating many high-value jobs whilst decarbonising the whole region.
The purpose of the Hydro Hub is to educate school pupils and the general public about all the exciting local career opportunities that will be created as we tackle the climate change and energy security emergencies.
Dr Niall Macfadyen is a Chair in CHASE CIC (developing the Hydro Hub); Expert advisor to the LEP Sustainable and Inclusive Growth (SIGC) Land Use Group; Member of the CW&C climate emergency task force, and an environmental activist.