DECC: Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released its Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050, a set of reports which detail potential pathways for the eight most heat-intensive industrial sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.

The eight industries featured in the reports include iron and steel; chemicals; oil refining; food and drink; pulp and paper; cement; glass; and ceramics. The reports conclude that potential pathways to achieve these goals centre around Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (ICCS) and converting industry to biomass.

Teesside Collective is an ICCS project in Teesside – the most concentrated industrial cluster in the UK. Teesside Collective is industry-led by four anchor projects – BOC, GrowHow, Lotte Chemicals and SSI UK – working with backing from Tees Valley Unlimited, NEPIC and National Grid. Engineering and design work by Amec Foster Wheeler has found that retrofitting carbon capture technology to the four anchor projects’ different industrial processes – steel, ammonia, hydrogen and polyethylene terephthalate production – is operationally and technically feasible. Teesside is also assessed as being well located for the transportation of the carbon to permanent storage facilities under the Central or Southern North Sea.

In response to the release of DECC’s Roadmaps, Teesside Collective stated:

“ICCS provides the only realistic prospect of keeping these crucial industries in the UK – supporting 12,000 jobs in Teesside and encouraging the country’s economic growth. While a balanced mix of options is important, ICCS will be a key component of cutting industrial emissions and retaining the competitive industrial base Britain needs for its future economic prosperity.

Teesside Collective is pioneering the ICCS pathway being called for by DECC. With the right strategic framework from Government, including the development of an investment mechanism, our collaboration between steel and process industries could be capturing five million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020 and attracting inward investment from firms keen to plug into Europe’s first CCS equipped industrial zone.”

The Roadmaps can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-decarbonisation-and-energy-efficiency-roadmaps-to-2050