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Agrifood industrial decarbonisation

The food industry is facing two challenges:

  • Ensuring global food security for a growing population, and
  • Reducing its carbon footprint to preserve the planet.

The Government's Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy listed the agrifood sector as one of eight sectors which account for around one sixth of UK emissions.Agrifood is one of the largest sectors in Norfolk. This project, led by New Anglia LEP, is the first of its kind in the country. It would place Norfolk in a prime position to take a lead in this area, and build a case to scale-up across other sectors in the future.

The project will:

  • Create a network of businesses,
  • Deliver events and networking, and
  • Develop a route map for decarbonisation.

The aim is to support a wide range of agrifood businesses to develop a plan towards becoming net zero. Through knowledge exchange workshops, it will also help businesses to reduce operating costs and adopt leaner processes to support increased productivity.

Key outputs

  • Net zero network
  • Clean growth business event
  • Agrifood scope of challenge and opportunity report
  • 8 knowledge exchange workshops
  • Innovation and technology investment pipeline
  • Route map for decarbonisation

Thematic objective(s)

  • Business Growth and Innovation
  • Climate change


  • April 2023 – March 2024


  • Project budget: £91,830
  • Norfolk Investment Framework funding: £81,830

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