Support for our Environment

Simon has met Energy Ministers including Secretary of State Greg Clark (pictured in Guisborough) for talks about how local industry can work in partnership with the Government to deliver the first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) operation in Britain.

Simon is also working with local and national organisations to tackle the problem of plastic pollution.

The Teesside Collective, a cluster of local firms working with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, want to bring the green technology to our area – a move that could turn Teesside into a ...magnet for investment and create thousands of jobs.

CCS can capture, transport and permanently store up to 90% of the CO₂ emissions produced by industrial facilities, preventing them from entering the atmosphere. It is a pioneering technology for tackling climate change in an affordable way.

Simon has briefed Ministers on the technology and why Teesside is widely recognised as among the best places to launch a CCS project in the UK.

Ministers have set out the detailed questions the Teesside Collective need to answer before the project can move to the investment stage. The questions include the financial contribution that will be made by industry, the scope for cost reductions over time and how the business model could be adapted in the event of possible changes to emissions trading after Britain leaves the EU.

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News

Lowest CO2 since 1888

A couple of weeks ago we had the story of school pupils going on “strike” over climate change. Today, it’s confirmed that U.K. CO2 emissions have fallen for the sixth year in a row, to the lowest level since 1888.

A fantastic community effort in Stewart Park

I was out and about with my little boy Ed when we bumped into all the team cleaning up Stewart Park, Middlesbrough. This was a fantastic effort and it was great to see so many friends, including Maria Cairns-Lord, Carolyn Dodds, Jon Rathmell, Dave James Tate and Jan Mohan!

Cleveland's recovering wildlife

I paid an amazing visit to the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, whose volunteers are restoring our barn owl population across Cleveland. From just two breeding pairs of these magnificent birds a few years ago, we are now up to 35.

Supporting Ocean Revival 2020

I'm supporting former Royal Marine Joel, from Marton, who came to tell me about Ocean Revival 2020, an incredible challenge he's undertaking with three fellow Marines next year to row across the Atlantic, from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York to Tower Bridge in London - a journey that will take th

Fighting for Our Environment

I'm delighted to have been nominated for the award of Britain's "Greenest MP" by The Climate Coalition ahead of their #showthelove awards in March - wish me luck!

Taking on Fly-tipping in Guisborough

There have been some shocking examples of fly tipping around Guisborough recently and today I raised the issue in Parliament. I highlighted Wilton Lane and the Moor Road, but there are other examples like Walton Terrace.

Protecting Our Climate

Working in Westminster, it's not every day you are joined by a supermodel, but it was a delight to be joined by Lily Cole as I hosted a reception to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Climate Change Act.

Teesside could lead the Hydrogen Energy Revolution

Yesterday I was invited to speak at the launch of a new report by Policy Exchange on how Hydrogen could be used as the clean fuel of the future.

As the report explains, Teesside offers one of the best opportunities for a successful hydrogen production hub.

Winning the Battle to Bring Green Jobs to Our Area

Carbon Capture and Storage is a green technology that has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to Teesside. The Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, and I are working flat out to make the case for the Government to help local industry to deliver it.