We carried out a detailed investigation on innovation to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in the industrial sector, to help members of the LCICG realise this area's potential.
The work was undertaken for the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG), which is made up of a range of different bodies including the UK government Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Carbon Trust, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and other organisations with significant low carbon innovation interests.
The Technology Innovation Needs Assessment (TINA) analytical framework was developed and implemented by the Carbon Trust with contributions from all core LCICG members as well as input from numerous other expert individuals and organisations.
Direct emissions from UK Industries were responsible for approximately 25% of UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 and just under 20% of final energy consumed in the UK. Emissions abatement opportunities in UK industries offer tremendous potential to generate energy, save carbon and reduce cost of operations. The abatement potential in the key emitting industries in the UK is in the range of 270-500Mtonnes with cost savings of £17-32bn to 2050. Innovation is critical to enable deployment and reduce cost as the technology commercialises.
Public sector support for innovation is necessary to maintain UK industrial presence and competitiveness in the global market. Innovation will also boost the UK's share of global market demand and generate additional business value from these technologies. A number of potential public sector interventions have been identified based on value of emissions abatement, extent of market failure and opportunity to rely on others for innovation.
The TINA findings will be used to underpin the design and focus of DECC's and other LCICG's members' programmes and activities in these areas.