Sustainability

The Solent LIDP

Exploring Diverse Paths for Carbon Reduction in LIDP Initiative

In Progress

A key project in 2024/25 will be the delivery of The Solent Cluster Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP). The Solent Cluster has been awarded £749,882 to contribute to a total project cost of £1,005,143. The project will be delivered between February 2024 and February 2025.

The Solent Cluster LIDP contains an innovative and diverse group of project partners that focus on manufacturing, rather than heavy industry. These emitters will have access to CO2 transport and storage infrastructure and low carbon hydrogen production being developed in the Solent.

  • Identifying the current emissions and energy/ fuel demands of each site, to understand the evolution of emissions under the business-as-usual case. 
  • Conducting feasibility studies for decarbonisation, modelling decarbonisation scenarios and options and assessing the costs/benefits of each scenario under different drivers by creating digital AI twins for each decarbonisation option. 
  • Understanding key market, policy and regulatory opportunities and challenges to different decarbonisation technologies as well as social acceptance issues on decarbonisation of the Solent. 
  • Quantifying economic benefits linked to industrial decarbonisation (jobs and GVA) and understanding opportunities for investment and economic growth (e.g., trade of clean commodities, low carbon energy technologies). 
  • Engagement and dissemination activities and plans for further engagement. 
  • Work will also progress on the development of the six anchor projects by their project leads.

The Solent Cluster: Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan

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Focus on project partner GEO Specialty Chemicals

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

As part of the LIDP work, project partner Ada Mode are currently surveying industrial businesses to better understand the current industrial energy landscape and the appetite for the adoption of low carbon energy and technology in the future. 

We are asking industrial businesses across the region to contribute to the survey.  Your response will be used to form a better understanding of the appetite for the adoption of low carbon technology, the future of industrial growth and energy demand in the region.