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SSE Thermal sets climate action challenge to students across the Humber

16 Jul 2021

SSE Thermal is sponsoring a key climate action challenge in the Humber in the lead-up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow - with entries opening today.

As part of The Waterline Summit, SSE Thermal is backing The Waterline Student Challenge 2021, which challenges students aged between 11 and 18 from across the region to find sustainable climate change solutions.

Entries, which can be made by individuals or teams of up to 10, will be judged on demonstrating a knowledge of how to protect the environment, creativity and imagination, and delivery, with six finalists going through to take part in The Waterline Summit.

The overall winners, to be announced on the launch day of The Waterline Summit, will receive £2,000 to support its school, college, or club on its climate action journey. In addition, the winning team will receive £500.

"We’re delighted to be sponsoring The Waterline Student Challenge 2021. We know how passionate young people are about climate action and, as a Principal Partner to this year’s landmark COP26 conference, we want to work with the next generation of leaders to build a cleaner, more sustainable economy for the future.

As the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial region, the Humber has to be at the centre of plans to transition to a net zero society. The Waterline Student Challenge is a great chance for bright sparks across the region to come up with innovative ways to tackle the biggest issue facing our planet today and we would encourage as many students as possible to take part.

It is ultimately young people who will be most affected by the climate emergency and this challenge represents a unique opportunity for students in the Humber to play their part in finding the solutions."

Stephen Wheeler Managing Director, SSE Thermal

Taking place between 18-22 October, The Waterline Summit, organised by Marketing Humber, will position the Humber as central to the UK’s net zero efforts, with the event consisting of a mix of in-person panel discussions and immersive virtual experiences.

Entries to The Waterline Student Challenge will be judged by representatives from SSE Thermal, KCOM, Associated British Ports (ABP), Yorkshire Water, Ørsted, and Willerby, all of which will be providing a behind the scenes trip for a finalist team, as well as guest judges from the University of Hull and Zero Carbon Humber.

To find out more about The Waterline Summit, visit