Government Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy

On Wednesday, the government released its Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy on cutting CO2 emissions from industry, schools and hospitals.

The strategy set out the need slash greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds in the next 15 years, highlighting the urgency of energy efficiency upgrades, greener product development, and clean technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen.

We, and others, have made much of the demands on the transmission and distribution grids arising from increased use of electrical energy for transport (EVs) and home heating. Now the government has turned its attention to hard-to-abate sectors and processes such as steel-making, food and drink manufacturing, papermaking and buildings.

Specifically, the strategy outlines an ambition for 20 terawatt hours of the UK’s energy supply to switch to low carbon alternatives and low carbon sources to account for 40% of the industries’ total energy consumption by 2030. The government has also announced that it will set out initial steps to support the uptake of electrification for industry by the end of this year.

This is important to Enertechnos because the greater the demand for electricity, the greater the awareness of the need to reinforce the grid with the best possible assets, in particular cable where much of the distribution losses occur.

Below you will find two links; one to an executive summary on the strategy and the other will take you to the strategy itself