The government is again facing calls to “step up” and follow the example of the EU and US by introducing a stronger policy framework to support the decarbonisation of ‘hard to abate’ industries such as steel, cement, and glass.
That is the headline recommendation of a new policy briefing released today by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), which examined ways in which UK markets can better drive decarbonisation in carbon intensive ‘foundation industries’.
The policy briefing outlines three main policy actions which it proposes the government should take to help drive down emissions from heavy industry. These include designing and implementing policies to create demand for low-carbon products and materials from these sectors; policies which support the contextual conditions which will encourage innovation and scaling up of demand for innovative technologies and approaches by businesses across the foundation industries’ value chains; and establishing international collaborations to accelerate demand
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