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The challenges of offshore energy networks in the Humber region

IET factfile: The challenges of offshore energy networks in the Humber region

In 2022 the IET Energy Panel is focusing on intelligence gathering efforts concerning low-carbon systems and alternative fuel and energy-related technologies, in line the IET’s societal challenge of Sustainability and Climate Change.

This first report in a series identifies clean energy network barriers and impacts in the Humber region to achieve net zero by 2050.

Integrated clean energy networks and largescale renewable energy projects are essential methods to reach the UK Government’s net zero emissions by the 2050 target. The Humber region is the largest industrial cluster in the UK by carbon emissions and therefore must implement large-scale clean energy projects to support these targets.

Fortunately, it is also home to a world-class offshore wind resource, which is the focus of this report. Nevertheless, there remain major barriers to timely completion of projects taking advantage of this resource, as well as the potential for negative impacts on local businesses and people, particularly landowners and those who work in tourism, agriculture, and transportation.

This case study outlines the key effects on onshore communities as a result of the development of offshore clean energy generation and transmission infrastructure in the region.

Read our report for characteristics of the Humber region, energy project potential, project development scenarios, barriers to energy integration, lessons learnt, and more.