Building partnerships to deliver net zero 

New Sustainability solutions for industrial clusters

The “green industrial revolution” is underway. The UK Government has committed to achieving net-zero by 2050 and cutting emissions by 78 per cent by 2035. These are ambitious goals, and with new infrastructure, new business models, new partnerships, new energy markets, and unknown costs, the journey is uncharted and complex.

Much work is needed. The time for action is now.

Industrial clusters – co-located, energy-intensive industrial centres – are critical to the UK’s low-carbon transition.

The country’s six clusters are responsible for half of its industrial greenhouse gas emissions. Prioritising their decarbonisation presents a tremendous opportunity to unlock significant environmental, economic and societal gains.

Accenture, Microsoft, National Grid & SSE discuss new sustainability solutions for industry clusters. 


Toby Siddall, Accenture

Toby Siddall

Managing Director of Resources, Accenture

Future of Utilities: Matt Higham, Microsoft - Speaker Headshot

Matt Higham

Chief Digital Officer, Microsoft

Antony Green, National Grid

Antony Green

Hydrogen Director, National Grid

Future of Utilities: Oonagh O Grady, SSE - Speaker Headshot

Oonagh O'Grady

Head of Hydrogen Development, SSE

Up for discussion

  • What recent industry trends and national priorities have most impacted the way we view the decarbonisation journey for industrial clusters?
  • How important is hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in accelerating decarbonisation?
  • What benefits has recent digitalisation brought to asset maintenance?
  • How might further digitalisation impact operational strategies and business models?
  • What advantages can a collaborative approach to decarbonisation bring to organisations as they embark on this journey?

You can dig further into all of these issues in the full report itself.