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Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge infographics (text version)

Last updated:
6 December 2021

The infographics highlight the work done by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) in accelerating the cost-effective decarbonisation of UK’s industrial clusters industry by developing and deploying low carbon technologies.

Aims and key numbers from the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge


Accelerating the cost-effective decarbonisation of industry by developing and deploying low carbon technologies.

Reduce the carbon footprint of heavy and energy intensive industries in the UK, such as:

  • iron and steel
  • cement
  • fertilisers
  • refining and chemicals.

Invest in developing technologies such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen fuel switching which will be deployed and scaled up within the UK’s largest industrial clusters.

Our projects are aiming to be operational by 2030, playing a leading role in the drive to achieving net zero carbon emissions.

We call on the UK businesses to take the action which is needed to unlock a green future in UK. To find out more, please write to us at

Key numbers

Industrial clusters have a big impact in the UK:

  • secure around 1.5 million jobs
  • industry is responsible for a quarter of all UK gas emissions and industrial clusters account for approximately a third of total emissions from industry and business
  • export goods and services worth around £320 billion.

IDC programme highlights:

  • £210 million funding matched £261 million from the industry
  • £20 million investment into a new research and innovation centre
  • Nine deployment projects and six cluster plans commenced.

Early impact:

  • number of businesses engaged:
    • 2020: 57
    • 2021: 114
  • IDC organisations contributing to government policy: 31.

The IDC is on track to deliver the world’s first net zero cluster by 2040, with substantial decarbonisation of all clusters by 2030 IDC organisations contributing.


  • public funding through IDC: £210 million
  • private investment: £261 million target
  • further funding made available by government to industrial clusters: £1 billion.

Technologies developed and deployed

Zero Carbon Humber Partnership (ZCH)

Creating parallel CO2 and H2 pipelines linking the region’s industrial emitters to enable emissions capture and transport, and fuel-switching to hydrogen for a sustainable transition to low-carbon energy.

Humber Zero

Carbon capture and hydrogen hub providing cost-effective decarbonised energy supply and storage opportunities to industry and the National Grid.

The Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP)

Offshore CO2 pipeline network for transport and storage solutions for two first-of-a-kind onshore capture projects, Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside.

Net Zero Teesside Onshore

Low-carbon infrastructure including flexible gas power and ‘carbon capture usage and storage’ (CCUS) to complement regional renewable energy.

HyNet (Onshore)

Low-carbon hydrogen production facilities used for industrial fuel switching with local gas network, transport and flexible power generation.

HyNet (Offshore)

Transport CO2 emissions from the NW industrial cluster and use CCUS methods to store safely offshore in depleted Liverpool Bay gas fields.

Scotland’s Net Zero Infrastructure (Onshore)

Onshore components of decarbonisation, including shipping infrastructure and low-carbon hydrogen production.

Scotland’s Net Zero Infrastructure (Offshore)

Offshore pipeline, subsea and well-related infrastructure to transport and inject CO2 offshore for long-term secure storage.

South Wales Industrial Cluster – Deployment

Regional hydrogen production, CO2 transportation, and new low-carbon collaboration between industry, agriculture, towns and cities, and transport.

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