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.

Back Simon's Efforts to Protect Our Environment


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.

Great News for Saltburn Beach

I’m really proud to announce a big breakthrough for one of my campaigns today, which is the reduction of plastic waste on the beach at Saltburn. P D Ports, the operators of Teesport, have just become the FIRST port in the whole country to sign up to the British Plastics Federation “Operation Clea

Next Steps on Plastic Pollution

Two weeks ago I met the wonderful team from Keeping It Clean At Saltburn (pictured) to discuss their work fighting plastic pollution on our beach. This followed my meeting with Roy Smith from Saltburn Beachwatch, who do likewise.

Government publishing Clean Growth Strategy

The prospect of Carbon Capture and Storage bringing thousands of jobs to Teesside moved a step closer yesterday as the Government published its Clean Growth Strategy.