Thames Estuary Growth Board
The Thames Estuary is the UK’s biggest growth opportunity, with the potential to add £190bn GVA and create 1.3m jobs.
Kate Willard OBE was appointed by the Government to lead a dedicated Thames Estuary Growth Board. The Board set out its ‘Green Blue’ vision in July 2020 to realise the amazing potential of the Thames Estuary. It is called ‘The Green Blue
’ because the Board aims to create good, green growth using the blue waterway of the Thames.
In July 2021, the Board launched the ‘Green Blue Workplan
’, which outlines what the Board will do to deliver the ‘Green Blue’ vision, mapping out focus areas for development in the region and key performance indicators.
The Board’s priorities include building an Estuary-wide hydrogen ecosystem
to turbo-charge the Government’s hydrogen and net zero ambitions; utilise the Thames Freeport to attract inward investment, boost the national economy, and unlock green initiatives; invest in transport infrastructure developments, as well as utilising the river for both freight and passengers to ease congestion and reduce pollution on the region’s roads.
To read the Thames Estuary Growth Board’s Hydrogen Route Map, please visit: thamesestuary.org.uk/hydrogen
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