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DECC Industrial decarbonisation – a review of the research evidence

Background: Around 17% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our businesses and industrial processes . Emissions from heat demand for the industrial sector represented 32% of UK total heat related emissions (equivalent to 59MtCO2e) in 2008. If the UK is to meets its targets to reduce emissions by 80% from 1990 to 2050 then a reduction by around 70% in industrial emissions is needed . A number of DECC policies are designed to achieve these reductions – including for example Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), Climate Change Agreement (CCA), EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). In addition to these government led initiatives, industrial organisations themselves, at a local level, are involved in reducing emissions motivated by the need to reduce costs and/or environmental impact. DECC is committed to gaining a deeper understanding of how industry can reduce its carbon emissions whilst achieving economic growth and remaining internationally competitive. This review is commissioned by the Heat Strategy and Policy team, which is part of the Heat and Industry Directorate within DECC. The Heat Strategy and Policy team published the heat strategic framework ‘The Future of Heating’ in March 2012. The literature review will enable DECC to have greater confidence about the existing evidence base and to identify clearly priorities for future research. Requirements: The overall purpose of the research is to provide a comprehensive overview and synthesis of existing research evidence relating to decarbonisation of industry towards 2050, with the primary focus on decarbonising heat use in UK industrial processes. It will focus on synthesising existing evidence regarding the technical potential to decarbonise, the economic barriers and drivers and the organisational barriers and drivers to decarbonising energy use. The high level questions the review should aim to address include: a. What existing research is there on the technical potential for decarbonising energy use, and in particular heat demand in industry to 2050? What generic and specific technical measures does decarbonisation involve, and which heat-intensive industries are those measures applicable to? b. What research is there on the costs of these technical measures? c. What does research tell us about the economic and organisational drivers for industrial organisations in the six sectors to decarbonise their heat use? What are the perceived benefits for industrial organisations to decarbonise their heat use? d. What does research tell us about the economic and organisational barriers for industrial organisations in the six sectors limiting effective decarbonisation of their heat use? e. What evaluations exist of the effectiveness of past and present interventions (including UK government policies) in influencing industry decision making to drive decarbonisation of heat in the six sectors? Which interventions have been most effective and why? f. What are the factors surrounding UK industry’s investment in decarbonising heat use – in particular regarding competitiveness issues? g. What does research tell us about the similarities or differences across organisations making headway in decarbonising heat (for example geography, company size, other contextual factors)? h. What is the ‘state of the art’ innovation for lower carbon industrial process heat use, and the context leading to innovation in UK or abroad? i. How robust is the evidence and what gaps are there in evidence on the above points? How transferable is evidence between sectors and outside these sectors to the medium energy intensive, and across geographies. The contractors should consider how answers to the above questions differ by sector type, process type, organisational contexts or characteristics. The contractors should also clearly state the strength and limitations of the evidence base across these contexts. Contractors will need to work closely with DECC officials at an early stage to agree the full scope of the review.

Ref: TRN 531/11/2012,


Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Area 1A,3, Whitehall Place
Lizzie Chatterjee
0300 068 6568
United Kingdom

Contract value: 25000.00 - 50000.00GBP

Published: 19 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 7 Jan 2013