‘Smart energy’ could cut Ellesmere Port emissions by a third, study finds

One of the UK’s major industrial districts could cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a third and energy costs by up to a quarter by investing in local renewable capacity and an energy trading system, a study has found.

Ellesmere Port, near the River Mersey, is home to large industrial facilities including the Stanlow oil refinery and the Vauxhall car factory, consuming 5% of the UK’s energy.

A new feasibility study, part funded by a government grant, shows that tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent could be saved each year from electricity and heat generation by 2030 by setting up a system for trading locally generated energy from biomass, wind, hydrogen and small modular nuclear reactors. 

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