China Industrial Decarbonisation Global Expert Mission Dissemination Outcome Event

Posted on: 08/11/2022

On 1st November 2022, Innovate UK KTN hosted a webinar to present findings following an Industrial Decarbonisation Global Expert Mission to China.

The webinar hosted at the Prince Philips House, Royal Academy of Engineering in London, UK, presented the findings of the output report and gave delegates the opportunity to talk directly with representatives who went on the Mission in a Q&A Session. It also provided a fantastic networking opportunity. KTN hosted this event on behalf of Innovate UK, and our Chinese speakers and guests joined us via a video link from the UK Embassy in Beijing.

To help UK businesses become truly global enterprises through strategic collaboration, Innovate UK launched its Global Expert Missions in October 2017. Delivered by KTN, the missions provide an expert-led evidence base to strengthen Innovate UK’s global investment strategy: how and where it should invest to create UK business opportunities in partnerships with key economies.

The Global Expert Mission (GEM) part of Innovate UK’s Global Missions Programme plays a vital role in building strategic partnerships with countries and overseas organisations. The Expert Missions are an important tool to support the UK’s sector ambitions, in this case industrial decarbonisation, and to be the partner of choice for research and innovation. The GEM programme delivers this by deep diving into the research and innovation ecosystem in the selected countries to help identify opportunities for UK innovation and shape future programmes.

The objective of a mission is to:

1. Inform UK businesses and government.

2. Identify opportunities and build international collaborations.

3. Promote and share UK capabilities.

On February 2022, a Global Expert Mission took place to China to better understand the research and innovation landscape and to establish potential opportunities for collaboration in the industrial decarbonisation sector.


China is the world’s largest emitter of CO2 and was responsible for 28% of global CO2 emissions in 2020. Significantly, President Xi set a binding target to achieve net zero by 2060. Major industrial decarbonisation initiatives in China, specifically CCS and low carbon hydrogen, therefore, present significant market growth opportunities. Furthermore, it will be necessary for the UK and China to work closely together to share knowledge and promote collaboration as the global market develops at pace.

This webinar provided an holistic and wide viewpoint of the capabilities identified during the Global Expert Mission and showcased key opportunities for UK businesses who were interested in international collaboration.

Today, I thank the UKRI for providing a platform of communication between Chinese and British experts, effectively promoting sharing of knowledge and experience between the two sides, and providing direction and guidance for future cooperation between the two sides. I hope you will contribute your valuable thoughts and suggestions to the cooperation between China and the UK on industrial decarbonisation technology.

Mr Chen Quizhen, Deputy Director General, ACCA21.

You can download the outcome report here.

Thank you to the Speakers and Organisers, and to everyone who attended!

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