UKRI announces green industrial zone winners

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced the six winners of the second phase of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters: cluster plan competition.

Six projects across the UK will receive a share of £8m in funding as part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.

The projects, in South Wales, Black Country, Teesside, Scotland, Humber and the North West will explore how clustering processes can reduce emissions and energy savings can be achieved.

Over the subsequent years the winning projects will build on these preliminary roadmaps, bringing together industry and public sector bodies in each region in a comprehensive effort to devise a route to net-zero emissions. These findings will be integrated for all of the regional cluster plans and will draw conclusions which will be valuable for the UK as a whole.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The UK is leading the world’s green industrial revolution, with ambitious targets to decarbonise our economy and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. As we continue to level up the UK economy and build back greener, we must ensure every sector is reducing carbon emissions to help us achieve our commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.”

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