The newly formed Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has announced that the UK government is to support businesses with the reduction of carbon emissions.
Funding will be awarded as part of the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, with £12 million being available to help 22 projects across energy intensive industries clean up their processes and improve their efficiency.
This funding comes as industry is responsible for an estimated 16% of emissions in the United Kingdom. Some of the winning projects involve harvesting food sustainably thanks a new air source heat pump system as well as drying, heating, crushing and grinding roadmaking materials through captured waste heat.
Graham Stuart, Minister at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, said:
“Boosting the energy efficiency of industrial processes is a critical step not only in our transition to a lower-carbon economy, but also by helping businesses to cut their energy costs and protect valuable British jobs.
“That’s why the government has stepped in once again to support energy intensive industries, with a fresh funding round to unleash the next generation of green innovators who are re-shaping the way technology can reduce carbon emissions.”
Cleaning up emissions in industries that are energy intensive is a big part of the UK’s green industrial revolution, allowing them to not only reduce their impact on the environment, but also reduce their reliance on fossil fuels to save money on energy bills and provide further job security for thousands of UK workers.
Following the awarding of this £12 million, the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund is now responsible for £34.8 million worth of financial backing after its launch in June 2020.