New centre shows UKRI’s commitment to industrial decarbonisation

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UKRI is demonstrating its commitment to tackling carbon emissions from industrial clusters with the launch of a £20 million centre for research and innovation.

The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) is run by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer of Heriot-Watt University, and supported by funding through UKRI’s industrial decarbonisation challenge.

The centre will work in line with the government’s plans for a green industrial revolution, and will be tasked with identifying and researching opportunities to reduce:

  • costs
  • risks
  • timescales
  • emissions.

It will do so across clusters of energy-intensive industries that currently make a significant contribution to UK emissions.

Connect and empower

IDRIC will connect and empower the UK industrial decarbonisation community with over 140 partners, including:

  • industry and business
  • government and regulatory agencies
  • world-leading academics.

They will work together to deliver an impactful innovation hub for industrial decarbonisation.

The centre will build and provide evidence from the activities of the industrial clusters to:

  • help address their challenges
  • shape more informed decisions on future decarbonisation options
  • support wider policy on the UK’s industrial decarbonisation mission as a whole.

It will also analyse any impact or need for broader institutional reforms for the sector that could help decarbonisation plans work more effectively to meet net-zero and economic targets.

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