PRESS RELEASE: UK CERAMIC INDUSTRY WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF JOINT INDUSTRY / GOVERNMENT ROADMAP ACTION PLAN ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND DECARBONISATION (for release on 12th October)

The British Ceramic Confederation welcomes the publication of the UK Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation Action Plan for the Ceramic Sector. This forms part of the Government’s wider announcements on the Clean Growth Strategy.

The plan has a series of practical, voluntary actions jointly agreed between the sector and Government to progress improvements in energy and carbon efficiency, whilst ensuring the UK sector remains internationally competitive. Its publication builds on the previous joint UK industry / Government 2050 Roadmap, which in turn complemented BCC’s earlier work chairing a European ceramic sector Roadmap.

Commenting on this Sector Action Plan, Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry said “I am pleased to co-sign the joint Government and Ceramic Sector Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmap Action Plan with the British Ceramic Confederation, and thank them for their collaboration on the initiative. The Action Plan sets out how Government and energy intensive industries will collaborate to support the sectors to decarbonise and improve their energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness, and forms a crucial part of our Clean Growth Strategy that has been published today to set out how the UK will meet its Carbon Budgets.”

BCC’s Technical Director, Dr Andrew McDermott said “We welcome publication of the Plan as a realistic approach for delivering further reductions in carbon emissions, increased energy efficiency and a strong on-going competitive position for the UK ceramic industry. There is a huge technical challenge ahead and we are keen to continue working collaboratively with Government and others to make this transition”.

BCC’s Chief Executive, Dr Laura Cohen added “The Action Plan complements our proposal for a “Ceramic Sector Deal” to help our sector forge ahead globally. It also aligns with the broader Industrial Strategy approach outlined by Government in its Green Paper, particularly innovation and delivering affordable energy and clean growth”.

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Notes to Editors

The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.

The Joint Industry / Government Energy Efficiency and Decarbonisation Action Plan: Ceramic Sector

Previous joint UK industry / Government 2050 Roadmap

Summary of Proposal to Government by British Ceramic Confederation and Staffordshire partners for a “Sector Deal for Ceramics” to Government.  

Photo and TV opportunities can be arranged at ceramic manufacturing plant in many parts of the UK.

For further information please contact: Dr Andrew McDermott, Technical Director, British Ceramic Confederation, Mobile: +44 (0)7833 059661, andrewm@ceramfed.co.uk

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