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Decarbonising the UK’s largest industrial clusters is a key step towards reaching the UK’s net zero emissions target set out in the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy (2021).
Industrial clusters across the UK are extremely important to the economy. Many of the industrial products produced in these areas are integral to everyday life. The industries utilise high end technology and employ highly skilled workers to make products that are traded internationally.
The energy-intensive industries in these clusters make a significant contribution to UK emissions, with roughly half of industrial emissions emitting from these clusters.
Businesses in industrial clusters often share infrastructure and resources. Collaboration within and across these industrial clusters creates opportunities for cost-effective solutions to decarbonise. IDRIC’s goal is to deliver long-lasting economic growth and societal benefits, and to build the foundations for the new industrial clusters of tomorrow.
Two low carbon clusters
An additional two low carbon clusters
The world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster
Background to IDRIC →
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In order to achieve its ambitious targets, IDRIC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, all working collaboratively to ensure a whole-systems approach.
IDRIC’s core team consists of specialists in policy, business development, skills, and communication and is based at Heriot-Watt University. The team works closely with stakeholders and supports the wider IDRIC community in delivering the Centre’s ambitious goals.
A robust governance structure oversees IDRIC’s work – ensuring alignment with the objectives of our funder, UKRI. Our IDRIC’s senior management structure includes the Director/Champion, Research Co-Directors and Academic Cluster Leads.
Cluster plans 2021
Deployment projects 2021
The creation of IDRIC 2021
Research Programme →