On Monday, October 2 a group of energy sector and local publishing leaders gathered at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft for the launch of LOCALiQ’s Clean & Green editorial campaign.

LOCAIiQ is part of the Newsquest Media Group, owners of the Eastern Daily Press, East Anglian Daily Times and Insight Energy magazine, which alongside founding partners ScottishPower Renewables, Sizewell C and National Grid are backing the campaign to highlight our region’s energy landscape and the many opportunities it presents for local people.

Developers and operators are investing £59.4bn in projects in the East Anglian region between now and 2040, and the campaign will raise awareness of the scope of the economic value and impact of investment and support to Norfolk, Suffolk and the broader Eastern Counties.

Eastern Daily Press:  Representatives from the energy sector and LOCALiQ came together at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft to discuss the collaborative Clean & Green campaign Representatives from the energy sector and LOCALiQ came together at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft to discuss the collaborative Clean & Green campaign (Image: Newsquest)

The collaborative Clean & Green campaign is reader focused and will deliver a thought leadership initiative that supports the sustainable energy agenda, promotes a more environmentally conscious culture, and ensures important key messages and stories are shared with our audiences.

"The meeting was really positive,” said Liz Nice, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times. “It was great to bring everyone together and see how much passion there is for helping East Anglia to become the kind of place where our kids can grow up knowing there are so many opportunities for them in a growing industry.

“There was also a lot of debunking of myths and hope for the future. In these tricky times, we're lucky to live in a region where so much good work is going on in the energy industry.

"That said, the EADT will of course continue to represent all views on these issues as my team and I are 100 per cent committed to fair, balanced and unbiased journalism."

Tom McGarry, corporate affairs director for National Grid, said: “East Anglia has a critical role to play in connecting cheaper and cleaner energy to the grid. We are delighted to support the Clean & Green campaign, which recognises the economic value, employment, and community benefit this will bring to the region.”

Marjorie Barnes, head of regional external affairs and development at Sizewell C, said: "Sizewell C is a vital step towards a clean green energy future by delivering low carbon electricity to six million homes and providing a diverse range of rewarding jobs in this region. The Clean & Green campaign is the ideal way to make sure people are aware of the benefits and opportunities it presents."

Reecia Cullen, ScottishPower Renewables community liaison officer, said: “Our East Anglia windfarms are at the heart of our UK offshore wind operations and will not only help power a cleaner and greener future for us all, but ensure we will be part of the local community for decades.

"We’re proud to be supporting the Clean & Green campaign and celebrating the positive impact our industry has - and will have - on the region, delivering jobs, investment and opportunities that will make a long and lasting difference.”

Alongside the founding partners, representatives from the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR), GENERATE and ORE Catapult attended the Clean & Green launch to provide advisory input on what the focus and vision should and could be for the East.