Decarbonising the ceramics industry: trade organisation roadmap points the way forward 

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Ceramics UK has launched a blueprint for decarbonisation showing how the industry can progress to Net Zero. 

Its Decarbonisation Roadmap provides a clear overview of what low-carbon ceramic engineering could look like. 

Developed in collaboration with companies across the industry, the document includes detailed site and emissions modelling linked to future decarbonisation technology scenarios. 

Key themes include: 

  1. Decarbonisation technologies:  those which are crucial for the UK ceramic sector, including new and emerging fuels/technologies such as hydrogen, electrification, and carbon capture.  
  1. Delivery through to 2050:  a more-detailed look at enabling the transition to 2050, with key areas such as energy availability, competitiveness, research and funding support. 
  1. Ceramics in the net zero transition:  the strategic importance of ceramics, particularly in critical supply chains and vital applications. An interactive ‘Cityscape’ highlights many of the key ceramic products and their (often surprising) uses across society. 

The Roadmap highlights the need for further collaboration with Government and sector stakeholders to achieve progress to Net Zero in an industry whose manufacturing process is especially challenging to decarbonise. 

Nusrat Ghani MP, Minister for Department of Business and Trade said: “The ceramics industry makes a vital contribution to jobs, prosperity, and growth – and to the global reputation of UK PLC.  

“From kilns to clean processes, the industry is finding innovative ways to decarbonise its traditional ways of working. This roadmap is a very welcome next step in the sector’s championing of Net Zero.” 

Lee Brownsword, Associate Director at Ceramics UK, said: “This Decarbonisation Roadmap gives a fresh perspective and insights into the UK ceramic industry’s continued low carbon transition, clearly setting out the challenges it faces and emerging opportunities over the coming decades.” 

The roadmap can be accessed here. 

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