A world leading truly sustainable industrial cluster
We worked with South Wales’ leading industrial, academic, legal and public and private organisations to explore routes to decarbonisation of the region’s industrial cluster making it the world’s first net zero emissions industrial zone by 2040.
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Future shaping strategic consultancy and consultancy & advisory
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March 2021 - April 2023
Enabling projections of £2-4Bn/y
Prosperous clean growth
Decarbonising industry in South Wales for UK Research and Innovation
Costain led the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) deployment project, collaborating with multiple partners to develop up to 35 individual carbon-reduction programmes. The project aims to increase energy efficiency and avoid carbon emissions while exploring opportunities for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) and low carbon power generation to decarbonise industry in South Wales and support the green industrial revolution agenda.
As lead for deployment, our consultants used their deep client insight and industry knowledge gained from years of delivering integrated complex delivery programmes across multiple sectors, to provide advice and practical options to achieve better outcomes for the economy of South Wales.
Phase one of the SWIC deployment project involved completing initial assessments of decarbonisation schemes for projects across South Wales, including several at both Port Talbot, and Milford Haven. Phase two opened the door to the UK government’s Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge and the deployment project was awarded £20m of funding from Innovate UK and a further £17.6m has been contributed by the deployment project partner companies. This funding was granted to enable the development of innovative solutions to reduce industrial emissions in the region.
SWIC is a diverse mix of industrial activities from the Pembrokeshire coastline to the Welsh/English border with the common goal of decarbonisation and clean growth.
- Steel making
- Oil refining
- Nickel manufacturing
- Insulation manufacturing
- LNG import
- The Royal Mint
The aim of the SWIC deployment project was to create pathways and opportunities to promote Wales as a leading global player in decarbonised industrial and economic growth, with a goal of net zero carbon (NZC) by 2040.