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‘Back process sector to succeed in net-zero future’, NEPIC chief tells Government

The process sector’s transition to a greener future will stall unless Westminster takes swifter action, a leading figure has warned.

Philip Aldridge says the Government must roll out “industry-friendly policies” which are “clear … and simple to understand” if it is serious about hitting net-zero targets.

The North East of England Process Industry Cluster boss has also urged ministers to provide clarity around areas such as carbon capture and storage applications and regulatory uncertainty, to remove doubts around Teesside investment.

His comments follow a visit by Treasury representatives to the Wilton International site, near Redcar, who held roundtable talks with employers including Mitsubishi Chemical Group, ConocoPhillips, Sabic and Sembcorp.

Philip said: “It is imperative we continue these discussions with the Treasury, and other Government departments, to ensure we can overcome the challenges our industry faces on the path to decarbonisation and net-zero.”

James Thorniley-Walker, Treasury head of heat and industrial decarbonisation, added: “We enjoyed visiting Wilton International to speak with members and get their feedback to know what is working and what is not.

“We also wanted industry on Teesside to understand we are the right people to speak to when they have issues, and we enjoyed understanding how we can do more to support this sector on its path to decarbonisation.”