The six biggest industrial areas have obtained 100s of millions of funding from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to permit the easier transfer to decarbonisation, putting them in the second phase of deployment.
Clearly, to obtain net zero by 2050, the UK needs to put at the centre of its goals decarbonisation and the major industries need to lower their carbon emission.
The main objective is to introduce decarbonisation infrastructures and technology incorporating carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) which aims to make effective use of the high concentration of carbon emitted by industrial activities and this will prioritise low carbon hydrogen.
In the UK, the major industrial areas produce the greatest gains for the economy (£320 billion in exports) but are also the ones that have a noticeable impact on the environment.
Indeed, Scotland, Humberside, Merseyside, Teeside, South Wales and the Black Countries are responsible for producing 40 million tonnes of carbon every which compares to the carbon emitted by 9 million cars.
Hence, a well-though-tout approach needs to be implemented to maintain the huge gains they bring to the UK’s economy as well as preserve the 1.5 million jobs they produce by better preparing employees for the shift in the industry.
This transition will require the transformation of the manufacturing industry and the accommodation of new techniques that have not been changed since the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The transition has been deployed with growing confidence and motivation from the UK government to enable this shift in production, placing the UK at the heart of addressing this pressing challenge requires extreme collaboration.
First between knowledge and skills, of the UK’s major industrial clusters where the International Data Corporation (IDC) and the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) are going to collaborate with the government as well as academic organisations to fasten the research on decarbonisation.
Undeniably, there seems to be a real effort made to obtain net zero to transition the industry into an environment-friendly manufacturing place.