Meachers works together to reduce emissions

Meachers Global Logistics has become a member of The Solent Cluster, the first major decarbonisation initiative to significantly reduce carbon emissions from industry, transport and households in the Solent and south coast of England.

The Solent Cluster is a cross-sector collaboration of international organizations, including manufacturers and engineering companies, regional businesses and industries, leading logistics and infrastructure operators, and academic institutions, with decades of proven expertise in carbon capture and storage and hydrogen technology.

Meachers registered as a member at the launch event along with founding members Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), global energy utility ExxonMobil and the University of Southampton. Each shared details of their vision for the Solent and how it could secure existing jobs and produce low-carbon fuels for sectors such as maritime and aviation, as well as provide energy to heat homes, businesses and public buildings. These efforts could make the Solent the center of low-carbon fuel production in the UK and a major contributor to the country’s net-zero ambitions by 2050. The project could capture about three million tons of CO2 every year.

Gary Whittle, Commercial Director of Meachers Global Logistics said: “We are delighted to show our support for The Solent Cluster by announcing our membership in this important partnership. We look forward to working with other members to bring societal and environmental benefits to the Solent region and help it make a significant contribution to the UK’s Net Zero ambitions.”

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Managing Director of Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Decarbonization is at the core of our economic strategy for the region and the creation of the Solent cluster will stand alongside our drive to deliver breakthrough approaches to climate change adaptation and decarbonization develop. in connection with our coastal environment and building real expertise from which other regions – nationally and globally – can learn. The Solent cluster will provide a platform for the excellent work that is already being done and the partnership offers a unique opportunity to bring about real change in energy production and consumption and position the Solent and wider region as a leading center for low-carbon investment now and in the future to establish the future.”

“This is an important opportunity to decarbonize the Solent region and we are proud to be part of this collaborative effort to significantly reduce carbon emissions from multiple sectors,” said Dan Ammann, president of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions . “We look forward to working with our founding members and others to develop a compelling project.”

The Solent cluster could allow organizations to apply for government investment support for projects to decarbonize the Solent region and reap the benefits that can benefit the region’s businesses and communities.

dr Lindsay-Marie Armstrong, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Academic Cluster for the Solent Industrial Decarbonization Cluster at the University of Southampton, said: “The Solent is recognized as a leading contributor to CO2 emissions with approximately 3.2 million tonnes of CO2 Emissions released each year from energy-intensive manufacturing processes. Forming a decarbonization cluster spanning the public, private and academic sectors is a monumental step forward for the region.

“It will introduce sustainable fuels for mass transit, aviation and shipping; generate low-carbon energy for heating homes, businesses and public buildings; and open up new high-skilled employment opportunities. This can only be achieved by working together as a community, covering all sectors and ultimately working with the same desire to achieve a low-carbon economic future for the Solent region.”

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