IDRIC collaborates with research organisations, industry, government, policymakers, NGOs, trade organisations and the public to decarbonise UK industrial heartlands.


IDRIC works closely with the UK’s major industrial clusters to address the challenges of industrial decarbonisation.

Industry is extremely important to the UK economy. Energy-intensive industries such as metals and minerals, chemicals, food and drink, paper and pulp, ceramics, glass, oil refineries and less energy-intensive manufacturing account for around one sixth of UK CO₂ emissions.

The industrial products produced in these sectors are integral to everyday life. The industries producing them utilise high end technology and employ highly skilled workers to make products that are traded internationally.

Much of UK industry takes place in clusters which are characterised by a concentration of related industries, or several industrial sites grouped within proximity to one another.

IDRIC is actively engaging with 7 industrial clusters to support decarbonisation:

The energy-intensive industries in these clusters make a significant contribution to UK emissions with the largest clusters mapped by the Industrial Clusters Mission, producing emissions of around 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.*

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.

*Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy 2021 – pgs 8 & 17

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