Launch of the ‘Repowering the Black Country’ Project

Launch of the ‘Repowering the Black Country’ Project background

Launch of the ‘Repowering the Black Country’ Project

We at Pro Enviro are happy to announce our involvement in the innovative project aimed at helping Black Country businesses make the transition to a net-zero industrial future that was launched today by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership. The project is a critical component of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, which underpins the UK's goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The project, which was launched at the largest independent Steel Toll Processing facility in the UK, Servosteel, in Dudley, will initially develop four pilot zero carbon industrial hubs in the Black Country.

The Black Country Industrial Decarbonisation Programme will be delivered via Repowering the Black Country which is a programme of initiatives supporting Black Country businesses to take advantage of global clean growth opportunities. 

The project “recognises the potential leadership role the Black Country can take in de-carbonising the UK’s industrial sector,” says Nersi Salehi, CEO of Pro Enviro, a specialist energy engineering, carbon abatement, and process optimisation consultancy, with over 30 years’ experience working with organisations in energy intensive sectors. “It will make the region one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in manufacturing by ensuing local companies have access to inexpensive, low- or zero-carbon power.” He continues, this will mean lower energy bills for companies and a lower carbon footprint for the region, as well as providing commercial opportunities for local businesses. “All of which will be good news for the economy of the Black Country.”

The Mayor, Andy Street, said: "This is an important programme for the West Midlands and the UK as a whole as we look to tackle the climate emergency. I’ve just returned from COP26 where I’ve been talking about the opportunity for green industries to transform industrial heartlands like the West Midlands – and this programme is a case in point. I’m delighted to see the Black Country at the forefront of our efforts to respond to the global climate crisis and repowering the Black Country shows that we can create jobs and opportunities through decarbonisation.”

Matthew Rhodes, Project Director Repowering the Black Country added: "This project is critical to maintaining and growing a competitive manufacturing base in the Black Country for the 21st Century. We need to adapt our infrastructure to the clean future set out by governments worldwide at COP26 in Glasgow this week, and to ensure our industry is ready to seize the opportunities for clean growth created by the transition to a zero-carbon world.”

Mark Anderson, Director at Servosteel, Dudley said: “Servosteel was delighted to be invited to join this programme because the transition to a zero carbon economy creates significant challenges and opportunities for all businesses. By working with Repowering the Black Country team, we are getting a head start in accessing the markets of the future and keeping our energy costs low. We all need to work together to ensure we can survive and prosper through this climate challenge.”