SNZR, one of six industrial cluster projects under way across the UK, secured funding through Innovate UK to explore net zero pathways for industrial sites, which currently emit 9.3 million tonnes of CO2 each year – equating to 80% of Scotland’s industrial emissions.
The project aims to develop a successful roadmap on how Scottish industries can achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible. The roadmap covers progress from 2020 all the way to 2050 and unites industry, government and experts to drive the changes needed to reduce carbon emissions.
The newly launched website will be used as an engagement tool to keep the public and stakeholders informed of the project's progress and will also share learnings and experiences with the rest of the UK, Europe and further afield.
The SNZR project partners, which include the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde, are exploring a range of options for achieving net zero, including technology, infrastructure for renewables, hydrogen and carbon capture, and policy levers.
Funding for SNZR has been made available through the UK Government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge (IDC) fund, which is part of the “clean growth” strand of its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The IDC aims to accelerate the cost-effective decarbonisation of UK industry by developing and deploying low-carbon technologies.
SCCS partners, Heriot-Watt University and British Geological Survey, are involved in the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC), which is also funded under the IDC.