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Green boost to cut UK industry carbon emissions

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

Projects in the West Midlands, Tees Valley, North West, Humber, Scotland and South Wales will see local authorities working with industry to develop plans to reduce carbon emissions, with one scheme alone – across the North West of England and North East Wales – aiming to create over 33,000 new jobs and more than £4bn of investment as it bids to become the world’s first net zero industrial zone.

All six areas have high concentrations of industrial activity. The development of a net zero industrial zone will see all industries in a region collectively reducing their CO
2 emissions to as close to zero as possible using low carbon energy sources such as hydrogen and carbon capture, use and storage.

Decarbonising UK industry is a key part of the government’s ambitious plan for the green industrial revolution, which is laid out in its 
10-point plan and Energy White Paper and is set to create 220,000 jobs as the country builds back greener over the next decade.

The government’s Industrial Clusters Mission aims to support the delivery of four low carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net zero green hotspot by 2040, kickstarted by the government’s £170mn Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

Stanlow refinery at Ellesmere Port, which forms part of the Net Zero NW Cluster Plan
Photo: Net Zero NW

 

 

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