Heidelberg Materials UK is a partner in the HyNet consortium, which aims to create the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster. 

The region HyNet covers – which stretches from Flintshire and Wrexham, through Cheshire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester into Lancashire – has the largest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK, including our Padeswood cement works.

The project will reduce regional CO2 emissions by up to 10 million tonnes – including 800,000 tonnes from our Padeswood plant - the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road.

The UK Government recognises the decarbonising of industrial clusters as an essential part of the journey to net zero, as described in its 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. HyNet will deliver 80 per cent of the national target of 5GW of hydrogen production and 100 per cent of the national target for CCS capacity when the scheme is fully operational. 

The HyNet project also includes production, storage and distribution of low carbon hydrogen, which will help to decarbonise other industries whose CO2 emissions primarily come from fossil fuels. The project, led by Progressive Energy, is being developed by a consortium of regionally located partners including Cadent, Eni UK, Essar, INOVYN and the University of Chester as well as Heidelberg Materials UK.