In 2013, the UK Government launched a project to develop industrial decarbonisation and energy efficiency roadmaps for the UK’s eight most energy-intensive industries - the cement, ceramics, chemicals, food and drink, glass, iron and steel, oil refining and paper and pulp industries - in collaboration with industry trade bodies, members, policy makers and industry experts.
Following the publication of the UK roadmaps, in March 2015, the Scottish Government’s Decarbonisation of Industry Steering Group - Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Resource Efficient Scotland, SEPA and the Energy Savings Trust - agreed to develop an assessment specifically for Scotland, commissioned by Zero Waste Scotland as part of the Resource Efficient Scotland programme.
The report, Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050: Scottish Assessment, presents three alternatives to reduce carbon emissions, each using a distinct mix of low-carbon technologies and investment to achieve varying degrees of emissions reductions.
The most ambitious pathway predicts that Scotland’s energy-intensive industries can reduce their combined annual CO2 emissions by up to 76% below 2012 levels by 2050 using technologies that already exist.
The summary report highlights the key opportunities and areas where challenges exist and further policy and support may be considered using information about Scotland’s emissions at a national level.
Ongoing work by a variety of public sector partners to decarbonise Scottish industries is a priority of Scotland’s manufacturing action plan, A Manufacturing Future for Scotland.