UK Industrial Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

April 15, 2015

In 2013, the UK Government committed to working with industry to develop long-term decarbonization and energy efficiency roadmaps with industrial sectors, focusing on those that use the greatest amount of heat and represent the greatest greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting project focused on eight sectors: cement, ceramics, chemicals, food and drink, glass, iron and steel, oil refining, and paper and pulp.

These reports were commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). They were produced by a consortium of Parsons Brinckerhoff and DNV GL, based on a collaborative process featuring contributions from industry sector trade associations, their members, officials from DECC and BIS, and other experts.

Each of the eight sector-specific reports explains the specific features of that industry, how the processes work and what fuels they currently use. The report then sets out a range of techno-economic and business decision-making evidence on the decarbonization issues that are most relevant to that sector. This evidence is synthesized to produce a series of potential pathways for emissions reduction.

Finally, the reports draw together conclusions from the evidence and pathways analysis to identify potential ways that progress could be made to help enable transition towards a low carbon economy with a competitive industrial sector. The emphasis is on collaborative working between industry, government and other stakeholders, considering issues such as supply chains, customer demand and the wider global perspective as well as technical and commercial challenges.