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A world leading truly sustainable industrial cluster

Working with South Wales’s 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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Innovate UK

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Future shaping strategic consultancy and consultancy & advisory

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March 2021 - March 2024

Key benefits

c.16 million

Metric Tonnes Equivalent CO₂/year (potential to decarbonise)


Wales based industry and manufacturing jobs to be preserved and secured


new, skilled jobs in clean energy infrastructure to be created

Enalbling projections of £2-4Bn/y

inward investment across Wales to achieve net zero carbon by 2050

Prosperous clean growth

for future generations in Wales, anchoring foundation and emerging industry to Wales and building localised supply chains

Decarbonising industry in South Wales by UK Research and Innovation

Costain leads the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) deployment project collaborating with multiple partners to create a hydrogen economy. 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 use 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.

South Wales Industrial Cluster, phase two

SWIC evolution

Phase one of the SWIC deployment project involved completing initial assessments of decarbonisation schemes for projects in Port Talbot, Aberthaw 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 from industry to collaborate and find innovative solutions to reduce industrial emissions at sites across South Wales.

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.

They include:

  • Steel making
  • Oil refining
  • Power
  • Nickel manufacturing
  • Insulation manufacturing
  • Chemical
  • LNG import
  • The Royal Mint

The SWIC deployment project will 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.

“The benefits to South Wales will be substantial, not just in terms of the environmental impact but also the opportunities for job creation and increasing the global competitiveness of industry in the area. It once again showcases the UK’s industry as being at the forefront of innovation and creation of greener solutions for the future.”

Bryony Livesey, challenge director for the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge

Contact and social


Rob Phillips, Sector Director
0161 910 3444
[email protected]