Deep decarbonisation pathways for Scottish industries: research report

The following report is a research piece outlining the potential pathways for decarbonisation of Scottish Industries. Two main pathways are considered, hydrogen and electrification, with both resulting in similar costs and levels of carbon reduction.


This report has been prepared by Element Energy.

Element Energy is a strategic energy consultancy, specialising in the intelligent analysis of low carbon energy. The team of over 60 specialists provides consultancy services across a wide range of sectors, including the built environment, carbon capture and storage, industrial decarbonisation, smart electricity and gas networks, energy storage, renewable energy systems and low carbon transport. Element Energy provides insights on both technical and strategic issues, believing that the technical and engineering understanding of the real-world challenges support the strategic work.

For comments or queries please contact:

Emrah Durusut Associate Director

Richard Simon Senior Consultant

Elian Pusceddu Senior Consultant


We gratefully acknowledge the following stakeholders for the inputs provided during industry consultation:

- Alan Hunter, Owens-Illinois Inc.,

- Colin Pritchard, Ineos Chemicals,

- Douglas Grieve, Arjo Wiggins Fine Papers,

- Graham Birch, Petroineos,

- Peter Clark, Scotch Whisky Association,

- Tom Uppington, Alvance British Aluminium.

- Others who preferred to remain anonymous.

We would also like to convey our thanks to the teams of the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland for their valuable input to the study.


This study was commissioned by the Scottish Government. The conclusions and recommendations do not necessarily represent the view of the Scottish Government. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this report, neither the Scottish Government nor Element Energy warrant its accuracy or will, regardless of its or their negligence, assume liability for any foreseeable or unforeseeable use made of this report which liability is hereby excluded.



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