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12 Oct 2021

How can your business benefit from industrial decarbonisation? Free online event, part of the Black Country Business Festival

  • Join the Repowering the Black Country team for an online event designed to help business navigate decarbonisation and cut energy bills.
  • Part of the Black Country Business Festival, the online event on 14 October, 11am – 1pm, is free to attend.
  • Register and find out more here:

The Repowering the Black Country team are delivering an online event, as part of the Black Country Business Festival, designed to help business navigate decarbonisation and cut energy bills. The free event takes place on Thursday 14 October, 11am – 1pm.

The event will include the launch of a new interactive web platform, developed as part of the flagship Repowering the Black Country project, which will help Black Country businesses navigate decarbonisation and cut their energy bills. The virtual platform aims to support all Black Country businesses in profiting from industrial decarbonisation.

Speakers include Matthew Rhodes, Project Director Repowering the Black Country, Nersi Salehi of Pro Enviro, Professor Jan Godsell Dean of Loughborough University and Richard Pyatt of CR Plus. The session provides an opportunity to understand:

  • How the national industrial decarbonisation strategy might impact your business in the next five years.
  • How your business can keep on top of opportunities in this area efficiently, using a new virtual zero carbon hub platform, launched at this event.
  • Specific schemes and incentives under consideration by government, including potential carbon labelling of intermediate manufactured products and extended emissions trading schemes
  • Black Country initiatives to ensure these schemes create opportunities locally, and don’t add costs

Matthew Rhodes, Project Director Repowering the Black Country said:

“The impact of decarbonisation on Black Country manufacturing businesses could be significant, and as part of the Black Country LEP we are working with partners nationally to ensure that the perspective of Black Country business is properly represented in these developments and they create opportunities for our region rather than adding costs.

“This free session, as part of the Black Country Business Festival is an opportunity for businesses to find out first hand how, through Repowering the Black Country, we can support business to understand the potential impact and opportunity that decarbonisation offers. We look forward to seeing businesses from across the Black Country at this event.”

The UK government has committed to the country having net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Decarbonisation of industry is key to achieving this goal, and is a top priority for the current government, who have committed over £20bn to industrial decarbonisation investments over the next 10 years. This may include the phasing out of gas as a fuel, development of a hydrogen infrastructure, and fundamental changes in the way electricity is charged. They are also considering carbon labelling of manufactured products and extending emissions trading schemes to smaller businesses.

Led by the Black Country LEP, the Repowering the Black Country partnership includes local businesses Kew Technology, Pro Enviro and CR Plus, supported by specialists from the University of Birmingham and WMG, University of Warwick, as well as companies specialising in urban agriculture (District Eating) and energy investment (M3MAS).

Funded by UK Research and Innovation, on behalf of the UK government, Repowering the Black Country is one of only 7 projects funded nationally focused on helping the UK achieve net zero emissions by 2040 as part of the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge. This is a key component of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

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