Research and analysis: UK steel industry: future market opportunities

Sets out research findings on future trends in UK steel demand and the opportunities these present for UK steel producers. The report provides quantitative forecasts for UK steel demand across products and consuming sectors out to 2030 and contains analysis on:

  • historic trends in UK steel supply and demand
  • future opportunities for the UK steel industry in new and existing markets
  • the barriers to the UK steel industry accessing these opportunities
  • how far the capacity and capability of the sector is aligned to the opportunity

Plans to undertake new research on the UK steel sector were agreed at the second meeting of the Steel Council in 2016. The research was informed by a detailed programme of 100 interviews across the UK steel supply chain. It was conducted by a Grant Thornton UK LLP-led consortium including Hatch Consulting and the Materials Processing Institute. The consortium received support from a steering board containing representatives from the UK steel sector.

Research and analysis: BEIS: areas of research interest

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) needs robust research to help us to:

  • understand growth and consumer behaviour
  • choose between different routes to delivering our objectives
  • be well prepared for the future

The ARI informs those who fund and provide research about some of the most important research questions and challenges facing BEIS.

Research and analysis: Small Modular Reactors: Techno-Economic Assessment

In March 2015, government commissioned an independent Techno-Economic Assessment (TEA) of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in order to contribute to the evidence base and help inform policy decisions.

There are a total of 7 projects that make up the TEA:

  • Project 1: Comprehensive analysis and assessment of SMRs. Led by Atkins
  • Project 2: Systems optimisation modelling for SMRs. Led by the Energy Technologies Institute
  • Project 3: Assessment of emerging SMR technologies. Led by the National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Project 4: Assessment of UK regulatory regime for SMRs. Led by Checkendon Hill
  • Projects 5-7: SMR Cost reduction study. Led by EY
    • Project 5 – Advanced manufacturing
    • Project 6 – Advanced assembly, modularisation and construction
    • Project 7 – Control, operation and electric systems

Research and analysis: Fossil Fuel Price Assumptions: 2017

The BEIS Fossil Fuel Price Assumptions for 2017 present low, central and high assumptions for the wholesale prices of oil, gas and coal for the UK out to 2040.

Alongside the assumptions is a report by the external Expert Panel which reviewed the assumptions.

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Research and analysis: Spatial clustering: identifying industrial clusters in the UK

This analysis uses an innovative approach to identify industrial clusters across the UK.

The spreadsheets contain maps showing the location of industrial clusters for each of the 15 sectors analysed as well as summary statistics for each cluster. The analysis uses data from the Office for National Statistics’ Inter-Departmental Business Register (March 2010 and March 2015).

The accompanying methodological report sets out the approach and rationale in more detail.

Research and analysis: Smart metering in non-domestic premises: early research findings

Updated: Non-domestic smart metering workshop report published.

The Smart Metering Implementation Programme will offer smart meters to every home and over 2 million smaller non-domestic organisations in the country by the end of 2020.

These reports present early stage findings from a research project, commissioned by BEIS, early in the non-domestic roll-out of smart meters. The research sought to understand how these organisations use energy and manage energy consumption, including how they use smart meter data.

The research used a cluster (grouping) based method, which classified non-domestic organisations by how they use energy.

The ‘overview report’ summarises the findings of the research across the clusters. Cluster-specific reports are included as annexes to this report, along with a cross-cluster report on ‘landlords and tenants’.

The last report presents the outputs from an expert workshop in March 2017. BEIS arranged this workshop to identify solutions that will help non-domestic organisations make use of their smart metering data to manage their energy better and realise the benefits of smart metering.

On 27 November 2017, BEIS launched the £8.8 million Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition. The competition aims to help develop the market for products and services that use smart energy data. This will help non-domestic organisations make better use of their smart meter data to manage their energy use and reduce consumption.

Research and analysis: Investing in energy efficiency: investigating the total costs to business

The research examines the total costs businesses face when investing in energy efficiency measures. The report examines non-capital or ‘hidden’ costs associated with investment in energy efficiency and low carbon technology, as well as the associated decision making and appraisal processes used by businesses.

Analysis is based on interviews with 30 organisations from a range of industries that predominantly made large investments in energy efficiency for industrial processes. Its findings are not intended to be definitive as the report looks at a small sample of organisations. However it provides a more detailed examination of how some businesses make decisions around energy efficiency.

This report was prepared by Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd (Eunomia) in collaboration with Verco Advisory Services Ltd (Verco) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and was commissioned by the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Research and analysis: Report to Parliament on the disposal of the Crown’s shares in UK Green Investment Bank

The government completed the sale of the Green Investment Bank to Macquarie in August 2017. This publication provides a report on the sale process, as required under Section 6A of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

The report sets out how the government objectives for the sale process were met, including:

  • securing value for money
  • reclassification to the private sector
  • maintaining GIB’s green values

It also outlines the additional commitments that Macquarie has made to the future of the GIB.