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Meet the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Project team

May 03, 2024

The chemical manufacturing industry is one of the hardest sectors to decarbonise. The products supplied by the chemical industry are necessary for the green transition and our lifestyles but producing them currently consumes high volumes of electricity and gas. GEO Specialty Chemicals produces synthetic lubricants, chemical intermediates used in paints, coatings & adhesives and contact lens materials which provide improved energy efficiency and can be highly biodegradable which is essential for applications in sensitive environments.

Being part of The Solent Cluster LIDP allows Geo to investigate how various feasibility solutions can make a difference to GEO’s decarbonisation journey and wider industry in the area.
Geo will be looking at:

  • How to be hydrogen-ready? How would we upgrade our existing boilers to decarbonise in the short term and still be ready for carbon captured hydrogen that is due in 2030.
  • Can we utilise the forgotten renewable energy under our feet and run with geothermal energy?
  • Investigating increased electrification of the site. (Lower CO2 emissions as renewable electricity supply increases whereas steam production is historically from gas).
  • How much area could be utilised for our own renewable energy production from Solar?
  • Where else can we improve efficiency?
  • What more can we do to embrace the circular economy and turn what was once considered waste into something useful?
  • Can we use technology to help us lower emissions with a digital twin?

“One of the highlights of being involved in the project is the collaborative teamwork with our industrial neighbours. Even in these early stages we are sharing knowledge and ideas and fostering how we can work together to achieve decarbonisation. The project is further energising the team here at GEO who are driven and enthusiastic to do things even better!
“As the Sustainability and Environment Manager for GEO, I am delighted to have this decarbonisation study opportunity. My background is saving water, waste and energy in heavy industry. I am able to bring all my experience to this project in pursuit of this critical objective of decarbonising and lowering carbon emissions. Bio based raw materials are also an important factor in decarbonising the chemical industry and are becoming ever more readily available. By investigating all avenues and working together we really can have an impact on climate change and make a difference.”

Katriona Baker, Sustainability and Environment Manager GEO Specialty Chemicals