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Roadmap for UK ceramic industry published

The British Ceramic Confederation has welcomed the publication of the UK industrial decarbonisation and energy efficiency 2050 Roadmap for the ceramic sector

Over the last year, the UK ceramic sector has been part of a group, including: the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), their consultants (Parsons Brinckerhoff and DNV GL), academics, technology organisations and suppliers, collaboratively working on a major, ground breaking project to identify how the UK ceramic sector can reduce carbon emissions while remaining internationally competitive.

The UK study forms part of a larger project investigating decarbonisation within the eight most heat-intensive industrial sectors and complements BCC’s earlier work chairing a European Ceramics Roadmap published in 2012.

The study has analysed the emissions abatement potential in the industry, the relative costs of the abatement options as well as wider business factors influencing investment decisions, with the aim of establishing a shared evidence base to inform future policy decisions. Further work to explore the costs fully is required.

Commenting on its publication, BCC Technical Director, Dr Andrew McDermott said, “We welcome the publication of the report as a starting point for further dialogue and analysis with the next Government to establish a stable and appropriate policy framework to take forward decarbonisation of the UK ceramic sector.”

He added, “There is a huge technical challenge ahead equivalent to decarbonising the electricity generation sector. We are keen to continue working collaboratively with Government to identify and implement tangible measures that ensure investment and innovation to improve energy and carbon efficiency across the sector, whilst being able to compete internationally.”

About the British Ceramic Confederation
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 100 member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity. A list of members of the British Ceramic Confederation is available at

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