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08 Nov 2021

Protos at COP26 North West

With the world’s eyes on the UK for the international COP26 in Glasgow, we were thrilled to be part of the conversation at official events in the North West.  

Peel NRE, part of Peel L&P, was represented by Development Director Jane Gaston at ‘Powering the Green Industrial Revolution’ – the official COP26 event at the Heath in Runcorn, just down the road from Protos.  

She joined the line-up of prestigious speakers throughout the day of climate debate and discussion, coinciding with Energy Day at COP26 in Glasgow.  

Jane was alongside the likes of Net Zero North West, HyNet North West, Cadent, Pilkington, INOVYN and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority … all playing a role in decarbonising the region through low carbon energy generation and industrial decarbonisation initiatives.  

Speaking about Protos, Jane set out how our strategic energy and resource hub is at the very heart of the mission to reach net zero with a series of firsts. The innovative Plastic Park and consented plastic-to-hydrogen facility are just a few of developments at Protos helping to create a low carbon future, alongside the potential for carbon capture at the site.  

Speaking at the event, Jane said: “The keys for me from COP26 are the calls to action. What are they? There’s the matter of skills, we have a great skills base in the North West but it’s an aging one, how can we address that? We also need to ensure we have sustained investment today and tomorrow. And we need to collaborate and join our efforts so that the North West’s actions regionally are high on the national agenda.” 

The conference was dominated by discussion on how investment in carbon capture and the hydrogen economy will play an essential role in decarbonising our industry and homes as part of the HyNet cluster in the next decade of action. 

Read more about funding to deliver a carbon capture demonstration facility at the Protos biomass facility here.