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The Waterline

It is becoming increasingly competitive across the UK to attract large-scale investment projects and the Humber needs to be proactive in gaining global relevance. 

Future Humber has partnered with The University of Hull for an ambitious campaign The Waterline. This partnership combining industry, academic expertise and R&D activity, is uniquely well-placed to support the delivery of this campaign which underpins projects and economic models that demonstrate how decarbonisation can deliver both environmental sustainability and economic growth. 

The Waterline

We bring thought leaders together for The Waterline, positioning the Humber as a global demonstrator tackling the challenges of climate change and building upon the assets and advantages, the skills and capabilities we have here in the region. The Waterline brings together the voice of business, industry and government, and develop concepts, ideas and feasibilities to deliver the strategic and transformational projects, securing the future of the Humber. 

The Waterline will: 

  • make the Humber globally relevant for the challenges of climate change 
  • focus our future on demonstrating a new economic model for decarbonisation 
  • provide regional projects to build sustainable growth over the next 50 years 

The Humber is one of the coastal regions around the world officially listed as at high risk due to rising sea levels and increasing flood threat. The Waterline builds on the Humber’s ever-growing reputation as the UK’s leading centre for renewable energy generation. 

This film demonstrates the urgency of the current global situation and the work currently underway across the Humber to help tackle the issue. This is not enough. As a region, our biggest threat is now our biggest opportunity. 

The Humber can be a centre of excellence if we come together. 

Eyes on the Humber

It's the year 2122 and there is a state of emergency on the Humber.

Why didn't we listen
Why didn't we change?

The Waterline Summit 2023

The Waterline Summit 2023 took place on Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2023 at Aura Innovation Centre, Hull. As the Humber region's largest decarbonisation event, the summit brought together businesses large and small, academics, industry experts and young people to learn, discuss and tackle the greatest challenge of our time as we all work together to reach net zero.  

Day 1 Events - Launch Day 

  • 9am - 10:30am: Launch Event - Read more 
  • 11am - 12:30pm: Impact Event - Net Zero Humber: How far we have come - Read more 
  • 9am - 2:30pm: Sustainability Challenge & Exhibition - Read more 

Day 2 Events – Adaptation & Resilience Day  

There is a need to develop a strategic response to climate change through a variety of mechanisms suited to our national circumstances. These include national adaptation strategies and local-level initiatives, such as adaptation plans. The challenge is to translate planning into successful implementation, building on examples of good practices that have emerged to build resilience to flooding, housing, utilities infrastructure, as well as building our energy and power resilience for the future.  

  • 9am - 1:30pm: Exploring Future Histories: Positive visions for a climate resilient future - Read more 
  • 3pm - 4:30pm: What are Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and what can they do for your business? - Read more 
  • 4:30pm - 6pm: Humber OSW Cluster Drinks Reception - Read more 

Day 3 events – Energy Transition Day  

We need the global transition to clean power to be at least four times faster than it is at present. The power sector accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. As demand for energy grows, the power sector must grow and decarbonise in parallel. Dramatic cost reductions in solar and wind energy mean that renewables are now cheaper than new coal in most parts of the world, and bring benefits via improved air quality, energy access and security, and creating jobs in new industries. 

  • 9am - 10:30am: Innovation and Collaboration: Shaping a Sustainable Humber - Read more 
Listen to the Waterline Summit 2023 podcast

Commerce and Industry - The Waterline Summit special edition