Drax carbon capture to improve skills of a million

Drax intends to make a significant contribution to a post-COVID, green economic recovery by creating and protecting thousands of jobs in the North associated to carbon capture technology.

Through its Mobilising a Million initiative, the energy company will connect with one million people by 2025 to improve skills, education, employability and opportunity. Drax’s new target has been launched as part of its Opportunity Action Plan – the culmination of its work with the Social Mobility Pledge team.

As a founding member of the Zero Carbon Humber bid which aims to use Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), hydrogen and other CCS technologies to decarbonise industry across the region, Drax will help to ‘level up’ the North. Independent analysis published last year by Vivid Economics shows that deploying these new, green energy technologies could create and support around 50,000 jobs, helping to reverse the economic impacts of the COVID crisis.

Clare Harbord, Drax Group Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “Drax, along with other businesses, has an important part to play in making sure we have a future workforce with the skills to deliver the new technologies needed to decarbonise the economy and meet the UK’s net-zero target. By boosting education, skills and employability opportunities for a million people, we can start to level the playing field and build a more diverse workforce. This will make the energy sector stronger and able to make a more significant contribution to the UK’s green recovery from COVID.”

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