Government to establish industrial energy efficiency scheme

The government plans to establish a scheme to help decarbonise the industrial sector, which currently represents nearly a quarter of UK emissions. It has already laid out specific technologies and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The government plans to establish a scheme to help decarbonise the industrial sector, which currently represents nearly a quarter of UK emissions.

It has already laid out specific technologies and pathways for the UK’s most carbon intensive industries to go greener while maintaining international competitiveness.

The government has said the energy efficiency initiative will help large companies install measures to cut their energy use, as well as facilitate dialogue between companies and finance providers to make access to investment easier.

It is already funding a £9.2 million Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) programme by the Carbon Trust to demonstrate close-to-market-ready industrial efficiency technologies and identify where they might be most useful.

Carbon capture and storage has been identified as a particularly important technology to help the cement, chemicals, oil refining and iron and steel sectors decarbonise.

The government has also suggested replacing fossil fuel sources with biomass is a vital move for several sectors, including the cement, pulp and paper, chemicals, glass, food and drink and ceramic industries.

It is also seeking views on measures and incentives that could encourage householders to invest in energy efficiency improvements.

Energy efficiency will be part of the discussions at Energy Live Expo on 2nd November at the QEII in London. There are limited free tickets for energy end users.