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

Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy published

On March 17 Government published the long-awaited IDS and the FDF was pleased to also see its focus on dispersed manufacturing sites outside the major industrial clusters of the UK. As outlined in both our 2020 Heat Decarbonisation Report and the CCC’s 6th Carbon Budget, the electrification of technologies will enable the bulk of carbon savings to net zero and hydrogen will have a role but largely only for high temperature heat requirements, and where it’s available on the local gas grid. The strategy includes a commitment to examining the barriers and associated policies required to meet targets. At FDF we are also continuing the call for a food and drink sector targeted fund given the need for trials to provide seamless implementation of decarbonisation technologies on the manufacturing process.

Overall, long term policy support is required to aid investment decisions as well as direct funding for demonstration projects. We welcome the commitment to look at a future CCA scheme for post March 2025, which has been a key driver for energy efficiency and carbon reductions in the food and drink sector. Alongside the Strategy, Government has also launched a call for evidence on free allocation in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (the successor scheme to the EU ETS), which will inform a full review of that aspect of the scheme.

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

10 June 2020

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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