Technologies to improve energy efficiency and to incorporate renewable fuels both now and in the future (for example hydrogen ready boilers) are key to reducing carbon emissions.

There are a number of Government and industry support schemes which include the Industrial Heat Recovery Support (IHRS) programme and the forthcoming 2020 Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF).

The FDF will be participating in the Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) which will be led by Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, having received funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This is part of the wider £170m Industrial Decarbonisation challenge, delivered through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) by UKRI.

The FDF provides information on funds, support programmes and other initiatives around low carbon technologies.

Updates & milestones

BEIS/FDF webinar on 23 March: IETF Funding


BEIS have announced an additional round of funding for phase 1 applications (opening 8th March, closing 14th July) of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF). To encourage applications, BEIS and FDF are holding a second joint webinar on 23rd March at 2pm.

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Decarbonisation of Heat report


The FDF and SLR have published a report which sets out how the food and drink industry can achieve the ambitious target of a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 and the support it will require from government.

The report, Decarbonisation of Heat Across the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector, looks at what industry, its partners and government, can do to support the crucial transition to carbon neutrality. Key recommendations include:

  • Industry should establish a food-and-drink industry taskforce to include appliance manufacturers to facilitate knowledge sharing across the sector on technology innovations and implementation.
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships to bring together key stakeholders to address local area planning challenges in electricity and gas networks
  • UK Government should implement a third phase of Climate Change Agreements post 2025 which builds on previous successes and shift focus to carbon reductions
  • UK Government should establish a new collaborative approach with industry to design a financial support scheme for industrial decarbonisation.

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Decarbonisation of heat across the food and drink manufacturing sector

Report: Decarbonisation of heat across the food and drink manufacturing sector

28 July 2019

In June 2019, the Government legislated for a net zero target of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The FDF/SLR report sets out how the food and drink sector can achieve this, outlining that without further interventions, the sector can only reduce emissions from heat by 64% by 2050 when compared to 2012. The report looks at what the sector, its partners and government, can do to overcome the barriers and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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