The following words are from a statement issued by Nehal Mehta, SSE Energy Solutions.
If you have ever driven the family for hours down seemingly endless motorways, then you’ll know that it’s nice to have someone to share the driving duties with. Well, the road to net zero is a long one so why not let us help you get there more comfortably?
With £9m being spent a day as part of plans to invest £18 billion in renewable energy infrastructure - and 1000s of new jobs being recruited for across the UK by 2027 - we are committed at SSE to the net zero agenda.
Central to our plan is working in partnership with local authorities and communities to ensure a just transition to a zero-carbon economy. We’re working closely with the combined authorities in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, and West Yorkshire and we’re keen to do the same here in Merseyside.
We are, of course, already active in the Merseyside region.
We have opened a new office location in Liverpool centre and are working closely with Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital on upgrading and decarbonising their energy systems.
Additionally, we have installed monitoring technology at the Liverpool Central Library to help maintain its many rare and fragile books and documents, and are investing upwards of £25m on projects spanning from several ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging hubs to a solar farm capable of generating 15 megawatts of power.
In Teesside, we have agreed a deal to install a large solar array at Teesside Airport, and we have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the West Midlands Combined Authority to work together on future green energy projects and, in West Yorkshire we're exploring a range of projects that include solar and heat networks.
Working in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we have close relationships with the city’s Green Skills Academy and local charities, and have several ultra-rapid EV Hub sites under consideration.
At all these regional locations, we have opened office hubs to bring existing and new colleagues closer to projects.
Our new Social Value strategy will see us diversifying our workforce, upskilling local people, and investing in local projects that matter to them.
Challenging inequality is one of the three key objectives of this new strategy but it’s also about becoming a trusted community partner, engaging with local suppliers and charities, making donations and in-kind contributions to specific local projects.
If we’re to deliver a just transition, it's essential we take the communities we work in with us. Here, in Merseyside, our doors are open to anyone who shares our ambitions.