UK FIRES is a major research programme, comprising a consortium of subscribing industrial partners from resource-intensive sectors working with academics from Cambridge, Imperial College, Oxford, Bath, Nottingham and Strathclyde who are funded from 2019-2024 by a £5m programme grant from the EPSRC. The collaboration is co-ordinated through a Living Lab.
Delivering the UK government’s legally binding commitment of net-zero emissions by 2050 is an extraordinary challenge for the complex supply chains that transform material resources into societal benefit. The challenge will create opportunities for innovation and could trigger a renaissance for resource-intensive industry in the UK. The challenge requires industry to place Resource Efficiency at the heart of its strategy. The revision of industrial strategy will require: energy and material use data, options for change and potential pathways to deployment; these together are the focus of UK FIRES.
UK FIRES takes a pragmatic approach: we focus only on technologies that are available to us today and exclude those that have yet to be proven at meaningful scale, since they simply may not be ready in time. In 2050 we aim to meet the energy demand of UK society by non-emitting electricity generation.