Posted on:
14th September, 2021

LEP to enable world-leading Net Zero industrial cluster

The Black Country is building on its diverse and unique industrial culture to develop an innovative and world-leading net zero industrial cluster. This will drive economic growth and quality job creation across the wider region and UK.

LEP to enable world-leading Net Zero industrial cluster

'Repowering the Black Country' is a programme of initiatives supporting Black Country businesses to take advantage of global clean growth opportunities and to make the transition to a net zero industrial future. The project will initially develop four zero carbon industrial hubs in the Black Country. Within the next 10 years, we aim to reduce industrial carbon emissions by around 1.3M tCO2.

'Repowering the Black Country' is one of seven industrial cluster decarbonisation projects funded by BEIS and UKRI. The Black Country Industrial Cluster consists of more than 3000 energy-intense manufacturing businesses. Our project is supporting the national industrial decarbonisation strategy by developing approaches which work in the Black Country and can then be applied more widely.

The project is about providing cost-efficient energy infrastructure across the Black Country; helping companies benefit from new supply chain opportunities in the circular economy; and supporting resource efficiency initiatives in manufacturing operations.