• Chris Skidmore MP: “We will not achieve net zero without placing industrial decarbonisation at the heart of the pathway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
  • The report states that to meet our 2035 commitments to decarbonise our emissions by 78% on 1990 levels, we will need to reduce industrial emissions by two thirds.
  • The REA is quoted throughout the report on international comparative analyses, the UK ETS, and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund and Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

The REA (Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) welcomes Mission Zero Coalition’s Industrial Mission Zero Network Report, which is launched on today (Friday 1st December 2023).

The report follows The Net Zero Review, Mission Zero, which stated that tackling industrial emissions must be a priority for the UK in order to deliver on its climate commitments. The Review proposed that one of its ten missions be established for Energy Intensives and Industry, ensuring that a clear and stable pathway towards decarbonising our industries be set out for the long term.

The newly launched Industrial Mission Zero Network Report makes the case for the prioritisation of industrial decarbonisation, saying it is essential for delivering net zero not only by 2050, but the UK’s National Determined Contribution of 68% emissions reduction by 2030.

The REA is quoted throughout the report. REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska CBE highlights evidence that other countries are taking the lead in industrial decarbonisation due to their better frameworks and communication of objectives. Dr Skorupska is also quoted on international decarbonisation funding mechanisms, carbon pricing, electrification and on-site generation, efficiency and digital innovation.

The Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP OBE said:

“The Net Zero Review, Mission Zero, made it clear that tackling the UK’s industrial emissions is key to reaching net zero. In order to meet the Sixth Carbon Budget, industrial emissions need to fall by an annual average of 8% between 2022 and 2030. We can achieve this by placing greater focus on improved efficiency, electrification and utilising digital tools, both those available and disruptive technologies as they are developed.

“Today’s report ‘Decarbonise Now: securing a greener, cleaner, better industrial future’ is the result of numerous conversations with actors from across the industrial sector. It calls for a twin-track approach to decarbonisation by first maximising decarbonisation now, with the tools and technologies able to be deployed with the correct policy support, and second, by providing the longer term, more expansive plan for industrial CCUS decarbonisation for all industrial sites and the wider deployment of hydrogen, through industrial pipeline networks.”

“The REA has been a key contributor, providing valuable evidence and insights that have helped shape the report and its recommendations to all political parties. I would like to personally thank Dr Nina Skorupska CBE and the REA team for their engagement and time.”

Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive at the REA (Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) said:

“We welcome this report and its recommendations. As we are quoted as saying in the report, the UK needs to find a way to compete with international destinations for Net Zero supply chains and investment to enable the decarbonisation of our industries, which will be critical to realising net zero. 

“Existing mechanisms for industrial decarbonisation, such as the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, have been useful but are too narrowly focused, and currently do not do enough to enable all business and industries to decarbonise.

“The report is also right to highlight the need to urgently deploy the wide range of commercial low carbon technologies that are already available to us. This includes bioenergy solutions, heat pumps and deep geothermal, amongst others. While, at the same time, longer term support for critical technologies like bioenergy carbon capture and storage and hydrogen production must also be advanced. Overall, it is only by using the full range of Net Zero technologies that we will achieve Net Zero, and lower energy bills – a big prize for the industrial sector in itself.”


Please find a link to the report here: https://missionzerocoalition.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/MZC_Industrial_Network_Report_December_2023.pdf