The Humber hosts summit to lead drive to net zero
The Humber acted as the hosting location of The Waterline Summit 2021, which was streamed globally and sought to successfully unite businesses, public sector organisations, schools, colleges and communities in the drive to a net zero carbon economy.
The five-day summit, organised by Marketing Humber as part of its The Waterline campaign, involved 100 speakers at 26 separate events.Its primary directive is to illustrate that “every sector has a part to play in combating the climate crisis.”
Dr Diana Taylor, managing director of Marketing Humber, said: “The level of engagement we had throughout the week from across the region, the country and the world was truly phenomenal.
“The Humber has picked up the baton and is facing up to the biggest challenge the world faces by working as one.The summit highlighted the many innovative projects and developments taking place across this region as we lead the race to net zero. The Humber has truly united for a common cause.
“We said the world would be watching us and The Waterline Summit has proved it is. Now we go to COP26 with renewed vigour and optimism that this is a fight we can win, starting here in the Humber.”
Tony Danker, director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said: “The challenges of climate change are too big for any business or government to tackle single-handedly.
“That’s why I’m so inspired when I speak to business leaders across the country. They’re getting the job done, leading the way on the transition to net zero and, where the Humber goes, others are already following.”
The summit, a hybrid of in-person and online events, featured prominent speakers including green energy entrepreneur Dale Vince OBE, astronaut Dr Chris Boshuizen and electric vehicle adventurer Chris Ramsey.
Chris told the summit: “There’s a great will in the Humber to make real sustainable change. “There’s a buzz here among people wanting to make a difference in this region, but also to develop technology that can be utilised across the world. It’s been a fascinating experience for me to witness this at first hand.”
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