Businesses in some of the UK’s most polluting and energy-intensive industries will be able to bid for a share of £220 million (€256 million) in government investment to help cut their carbon emissions and the costs of their energy bills, the UK government has announced.
This move comes as the UK works to build a secure, home-grown and clean energy sector to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global wholesale energy prices.
The grants will support green projects that help businesses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland clean up their industrial processes, improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon emissions – benefiting industries including pharmaceuticals, steel, paper, and food and drink.
This is on top of around £70 million (€81 million) that has already been available to businesses through the first phase of this Industrial Energy Transformation Fund.
Through grants of up to £30 million (€35 million), companies may invest into a wide range of actions including installing more efficient boilers, electric motors and heat pumps to replace their natural gas-fired boilers and steam turbines, as well as developing technologies for industrial carbon capture, fuel switching and recycling waste heat into renewable electricity.
Industry is expected to be producing 16% of the UK’s emissions today and will need to cut emissions by two- thirds by 2035 in order to set the UK on the path for ending its contributions to climate change by 2050.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “With innovation and investment across the economy, we can power the UK’s green industrial revolution. But we know for the most polluting and energy-intensive businesses, this will mean a big shift in the way they operate.
“That’s why we’re putting £220 million more into helping them cut their carbon emissions, bring down their energy bills, and support good jobs – creating a sustainable future as we build back greener around the country.”
Business & Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “Through this new fund, we’re stepping up efforts to clean-up industry as we transition to a low-carbon economy. Not only will this major investment support energy-intensive industries to cut pollution, it will help companies save money on energy bills and support jobs as we fight to ensure British industry remains globally competitive.”
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