Partnership secures six-figure industrial decarbonisation funding

Bradford Manufacturing Futures, a partnership planning a collaborative approach to decarbonisation, has secured Local Industrial Decarbonisation funding up to £726,729 from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

This council-led project will identify opportunities for decarbonisation across Bradford district in some of the highest emitting sectors such as Chemicals, Food, Basic Metals, Mineral Products and Metal Fabrication, which produce 52% of the district’s CO2 emissions.

The lead manufacturing partners will work with specialist energy consultants CR Plus, University of Bradford and other local manufacturers, profiling energy use and assessing decarbonisation opportunities across the sectors.

A total of 1,220 manufacturing businesses currently account for 12.6% of jobs in Bradford District.

Bradford Council will take the lead for project management including engaging businesses and sponsoring infrastructure development.

Council partners also include the business-led District Sustainable Development Partnership as well as local manufacturers Produmax, Texfelt, Teconnex, Denso Marston, Solenis UK Industries and Calbee Group (UK).

Carolyn Escreet, sustainability programmes delivery manager at Bradford Council, said: “We are excited to be leading the Bradford Manufacturing Futures partnership on this key Local Decarbonisation project, which will contribute to building a sustainable and prosperous economy that works in the interests of everyone to minimise waste and the use of finite natural resources.

“Tackling climate change is important to Bradford and reaching the District Net Zero targets by 2038.”

The Bradford Manufacturing Futures project will run until the end of December 2024, providing a district-wide roadmap for decarbonisation, an investment prospectus for the district and shared learning across manufacturers in the district and West Yorkshire region.