The Challenge: Delivering a 20% cut in the UK’s true emissions by 2050 through Resource Efficiency in industry.
Legally binding targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 have now been passed in sixty countries including the UK. These targets are an extraordinary challenge for the complex supply chains that transform material resources into societal benefit. However, the requirement for radical change creates opportunities for innovation and could lead to a renaissance for manufacturing in the UK.
Delivering net-zero depends on locating Resource Efficiency at the heart of future Industrial Strategy. This requires access to data on material use, information about options for change and evidence about successful pathways to deployment. The UK government has invested £5m in the UK FIRES programme to bring together businesses across the supply-chain in a Living Lab to pose strategic challenges to leading academics and test emerging solutions in practice.