£139m to fuel the low-carbon jobs and industry of tomorrow
New, green jobs to help decarbonise the UK’s heavy industries are on the horizon, as the Government today announced ambitious funding to support the levelling up of the UK’s regions through creating low carbon industrial regions.
Projects on Merseyside, in the Tees Valley, Humber, South Wales and in Scotland will have the opportunity to bid for a share of £139 million pounds to drive clean growth and level up economic opportunities through the deployment of carbon capture and low carbon hydrogen.
These projects all previously won a share of £1 million to develop ideas focused on helping the UK achieve net zero emissions by 2050 as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, a key component of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy, administered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Now, they will have the opportunity to draw up concrete proposals to deliver a significant decrease of emissions in industrial clusters through schemes such as carbon capture and storage or through the production of low carbon hydrogen.
Bryony Livesey, Challenge Director, Industrial Decarbonisation, UKRI said: “The UK has gone through trying times but will bounce back and so we need to plan for the future. This future is one of clean growth and one which will level up opportunity across the UK.”
“Through this challenge we can help decarbonise industrial clusters and create new jobs by deploying new technology. By doing this we can address the UK industry emissions and help meet the 2050 net-zero target.”
These projects will support the Industrial Clusters Mission to establish the world’s first net zero industrial cluster by 2040. They will also seek to boost the competitiveness of key industrial regions and drive inward investment, creating and protecting jobs for a low-carbon global economy with growing low-carbon export markets. This will help to place the UK at the forefront of the global shift to clean growth, by driving the technologies, services and markets to produce low carbon industrial products.
About the competition
On 11 May, the winners of the Cluster Plans competition (previously called Roadmap) were invited to compete for a total of up to £8 million in phase two of the competition to develop decarbonisation roadmaps for major UK industrial clusters. This is a closed competition ending on 22 July. Winning projects expected to start in January 2021.
On 23 June, the six winners of the of phase 1 deployment competition were invited to compete for a total of up to £131m in phase two of the competition, for projects that will deliver, or support delivery of, significant emissions reductions in a UK industrial cluster by 2030. This competition is by invitation only and will close on 7 October 2020. Winning projects expected to start in March 2021.
The winning projects will have to demonstrate how they will produce solutions to achieve significant reductions in emissions in an industrial cluster by 2030, or earlier, contribute to achieving net zero by 2050, and any potential to achieve net zero by 2040
About Industrial Decarbonisation
The Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) challenge will support delivery of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge and the Industrial Clusters Mission, which has set an ambition to establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040, with at least one low-carbon industrial cluster by 2030. The mission is backed by £170 million public investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. It will help to place the UK at the forefront of the global shift to clean growth, by driving the technologies, services and markets to produce low carbon industrial products.
The Challenge will lay the foundations for scalable and replicable industrial cluster decarbonisation, through co-ordinated investment in research, technology demonstration, development of shared infrastructure, cluster collaboration and supply chains. It will provide a platform for government, industry and business to progress large scale decarbonisation of at least one UK cluster rapidly and cost-effectively, and de-risk opportunities for future cluster decarbonisation.
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