Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey is star attraction at Waterline Summit

The Governor of the Bank of England and the man who aims to ensure Great Britain brings back a bumper haul of medals from the next Olympics will be among the main speakers at a major virtual business event in Yorkshire.

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The Waterline Summit 2020 will build on the growing momentum across the Humber estuary to embrace pioneering technologies, attract significant investment and create jobs in a “green growth” economy.

High-profile speakers will include Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England; David Shukman, Science Editor of BBC News; Mark England, Team GB’s Director of Sport Services and Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 - now rescheduled to 2021 - and award-winning journalist and presenter Nadine Dereza.

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The flagship event for decarbonisation will take place online from Monday, October 19, to Friday, October 23.

Andrew Bailey

Andy Parkinson, Chair of Marketing Humber, the organisation that promotes the Humber on the national and international stage, said: “The first event last year was a tremendous success that really brought the region together and rallied support for the commitment to achieve a zero-carbon economy.

“It provided an opportunity for organisations across the Humber to share ideas, which led to a number of tangible and deliverable projects. We’ll be sharing the results of these during this year’s summit.

"The pandemic means we won’t be able to physically bring everyone together in the same way we did last year but, working with our partners, we’ve organised a truly interactive digital experience that will enable participants to immerse themselves in the event.”

The exhibition and debate are free.To register, go to https://thewaterlinesummit2020.vfairs.com

The free event is being staged in partnership with Marketing Humber’s network of Bondholder businesses and organisations and is open to everyone.

Climate change is a significant threat to the Humber, as one of the coastal regions around the world officially listed as at high risk due to rising sea levels and increasing flood threat.

However, it is also the Humber’s biggest opportunity because the region can build on its strong industrial base and existing green credentials to act as a “living lab” where projects

are developed and delivered to showcase how waterfront regions across the globe can work towards a clean growth future.

More than 30 organisations will showcase projects and share ideas during the exhibition, including Drax Group, which is working with Equinor and National Grid Ventures to explore

how a large-scale carbon capture usage and storage network and a hydrogen production facility can be constructed in the Humber.

Lagoon Hull will also provide an update on ambitious £1.5bn plans to transform Hull’s waterfront, including a non-tidal lagoon, a new outer harbour and enhanced flood defences.

The Waterline Summit attracted more than 1,200 attendees last year and is the headline event of The Waterline campaign, launched by Marketing Humber and the University of Hull

to bring together partners from the worlds of industry, academia and research and development.

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