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Carbon-neutral drive sees new project proposals around the UK

09 September 2019

Cities and regions around the UK are stepping up their efforts to reduce or offset emissions as part of the government pledge to achieve net zero carbon status by 2050.

With proposed schemes varying from carbon capture and storage to increased use of renewable energy technologies, questions are now being asked on how these will impact the FM sector in the future.

Although energy efficiency has long been an area of focus for many FMs and service providers, the reduction or offsetting of carbon emissions around the UK will add further dimensions.

Among the major schemes emerging around the UK is the proposal to create its first carbon-neutral industrial region in the Humber area.

In addition to the Drax coal-fired power station, hundreds of refiners and factories will also be part of the industrial cluster, according to The Guardian.

The region has a local economy worth £18bn a year and supports 55,000 jobs, but currently accounts for the highest concentration of carbon emissions in the UK.

The multi-billion pound scheme includes proposals for the use of ground-breaking technology to capture and store carbon emissions, which could then be used to create emission-free hydrogen that can be used by a number of facilities in the area.

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have announced separate plans to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city, with the latter aiming to achieve this by 2030.

Bristol is also aiming to become carbon-neutral by 2030 by implementing a £1bn scheme, after it became the first UK city to be recognised as a European Green Capital.

In addition to renewable energy and carbon capture and storage, FMs may also be tasked with ensuring their facilities become part of smart networks or grids, with the aims of reducing emissions through improved and interactive management of utilities and resources.



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