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The Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) was set up to accelerate innovation and deployment of low carbon technologies and associated infrastructure while simultaneously stimulating economic growth within a wide variety of industrial sectors. The industrial clusters are significant hubs of economic strength both within their local communities and nationally. It is important that the significant reduction in carbon emissions required to achieve net zero maintains or increases this economic activity both during and after the transition. The technologies behind decarbonisation routes for industry are largely understood and at high technology readiness levels. The critical information that is needed to build investor confidence and transition to these low carbon technologies, is to understand which combination of these technologies and underpinning infrastructure offers the best economic benefits in the long term, when coupled to the transitioning energy system.
Energy Systems Catapult
This project will elicit industrial GHG emission data as inputs to a national energy system model, enabling a better understanding of sequencing of decarbonisation activity and the consequences of prescribing particular decarbonisation routes. It will also map interdependencies between industrial clusters to minimise siloed decarbonisation strategies, from a technology and supply chain perspective, highlighting the no-regret investment options.