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The Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) based at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh campus has received £20 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to act as the national focal point and international gateway for UK industrial decarbonisation.

IDRIC will work closely with the UK’s major industrial clusters to address the challenges of industrial decarbonisation alongside a diverse range of over 140 partners as part of a drive to create the world’s first net-zero emissions industrial cluster by 2040 and four low-carbon clusters by 2030.

The centre will be headed by UKRI’s Industrial Decarbonisation Champion Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, who also leads Heriot-Watt’s Research Centre for Carbon Solutions.

Commenting on the funding for the new centre, Prof Maroto-Valer said:

I am delighted to lead IDRIC, the UK research and innovation hub for industrial decarbonisation that will set the foundations for the new industrial clusters of tomorrow. The 2020s will be key for the UK to set the pathway to meet its carbon targets and IDRIC will play a key role to accelerate the decarbonisation of industrial clusters. Working with the research and innovation community, we will demonstrate our international competitiveness to realise the opportunities offered by economies of scale in decarbonising industrial clusters and driving new business models.

This news piece is based on the full announcement published by Heriot-Watt University on 24 May 2021. Heriot-Watt University is a partner institute of SCCS.

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