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Government Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy published

The UK government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy has today been presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Responding to the strategy, Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Vice-Chair of the National Engineering Policy Centre Net Zero working group, says:

“It is essential that all sectors of industry are fully involved in the drive towards decarbonisation and today’s roadmap provides helpful targets and aspirations across the whole energy system. Low-regrets measures such as reducing energy demand and improving efficiency in transport and supply chains will help to reduce future costs and also have positive social and economic benefits. However, we must not underestimate the sheer enormity of the engineering challenge facing us, not least in upskilling the workforce. This includes long-term jobs in major infrastructure projects for power generation, carbon capture usage and storage and hydrogen as well as ensuring that the education young people are receiving today will properly equip them to contribute to decarbonisation in the future.

“Demonstrating the effectiveness of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen is also a vital step to reducing emissions but will require massive technological adjustment and integration across energy storage and essential subsystems. Before widespread roll-out of hydrogen, full-scale demonstrators of the essential system components should be built, to allow for proper operational evaluation.”

Full details of the strategy are available at

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