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UK Government awards funding for place-based decarbonisation plans to Shoreham Port Industrial Cluster

22 Jan 2024


Ricardo experts are proud that the guidance and consultancy on decarbonisation that they have given to the Shoreham Port Industrial Cluster has resulted in the successful application of funding by the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plans Competition, run by the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero in collaboration with Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation.

The Port, located in Shoreham-by-Sea close to Ricardo’s Shoreham Technical Centre, brought together expertise from colleagues at Ricardo, the University of Sussex, Brighton & Hove City Council, Adur & Worthing Councils, Barrett Steel Limited, Local Fuels and CEMEX UK.  

The competitive grant supports the advancement of place-based decarbonisation plans that demonstrate collaboration between closely located industrial businesses and other stakeholders.

Industry can benefit from collaborative partnerships in a number of ways, including the sharing of costs across multiple sites, gaining access to a larger pool of resources and achieving a greater scale of support as they look to reduce emissions and improve local air quality for all.

On 22 January 2024, the Minister for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance Lord Callanan announced the 12 winners from the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan competition, who will each benefit from a share of up to £6 million to develop plans for a low carbon future. 

The multi-million-pound package will help businesses across the UK to cut their emissions and energy bills, by enabling the winning businesses and partners the chance to work together on plans to cut their emissions, learning from each other while also having access to technical advisors to prepare for adopting measures such as using hydrogen or carbon capture.

In particular this will be targeted at projects outside of the UK’s major industrial areas. Companies in dispersed locations away from industrial heartlands account for 55% of the country’s industrial emissions.

As this project plan progresses, regular updates on the local industrial decarbonisation plan will be communicated to the public and the maritime community is invited to participate in interactive sessions during Sustainability Week 2024 (3rd - 6th July) at the Port, a testament to Shoreham Port's commitment to transparency and community engagement.

Coinciding with Shoreham Port's Sustainability Week, Ricardo is opening the doors to our technical centre of excellence for the 2024 Maritime Decarbonisation Day’, aimed at the maritime sector focusing on marine and land decarbonisation, with more details and agenda to follow shortly. In the meantime check out last year's agenda here

Read the UK Government's press release

Find out more about Ricardo's decarbonisation expertise