Accelerating UK innovators & expertise into international markets for the Net Zero transition

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Supporting the Net Zero transition across the world

Energy Launchpad – International makes connections between UK innovators, experts from Energy Systems Catapult and international partners to accelerate Net Zero.

If you are UK-based innovator with global ambitions:

  • Opening export routes to international markets for innovators – providing you with research into specific international markets, connecting innovators with in-country partners, identifying routes to markets and helping develop pilot projects. 
  • Facilitating international partnerships and investment opportunities – we help UK innovators to partner with businesses, investors and governments internationally to drive inward investment opportunities.
  • International Challenge Calls – each year we provide funding and support focused on specific countries and their innovation challenges.  

If you are based outside the UK, and want Net Zero innovation support:

If you are an overseas investor:

  • Facilitating partnerships and easy access to investment opportunities – we help non-UK businesses, investors and governments to partner with UK innovators.
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Taiwan Net Zero Pathways

As an important member of the international community with a significant industrial base and reliance on international trade, Taiwan has a key role to play in tackling climate change.

Although responsible for less than 1% of the world’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, the country was the 22nd largest emitter in 2020 and is striving to achieve Net Zero by 2050.

To support this agenda, the Taiwan Net Zero Pathways project was commissioned by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) – administered by the British Office Taipei – and Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy (BoE) – supported by a local team from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

The project sought to produce Net Zero Scenarios for Taiwan and make policy suggestions to support its green transition, split into four broad categories: 1) Demand reduction 2) Fuel/vector switching, 3) Renewable energy generation, and 4) Negative emissions.

To deliver scenarios for Taiwan, Energy Systems Catapult reconfigured our internationally peer-reviewed in-house Energy System Modelling Environment (ESME) tool – a policy neutral, least-cost optimisation model designed to explore technology options for a carbon-constrained energy system, subject to additional constraints, for instance around energy security and peak energy demand.

Our approach included high-level activities, such as:

  • Analyses of the Taiwanese energy system, energy supply, demand, and the power system to identify the possible applications and deployments
  • Consideration of   key   indicators such   as   such   as   technology   readiness   level, cost   competitiveness, Taiwan’s natural resources, regulations and policy ecosystem, market, and socio-environmental impacts
  • Further development of three scenarios based on future realistic pathways for the Taiwanese energy system to 2050, including different mixes of technologies and behaviours applicable to Taiwan
  • Considerations and assumptions relating to key sectors such as Transport, Electricity, Industry and Buildings

Through Energy Systems Catapult’s modelling we produced insight across three main scenarios out to 2050:

  • TEC – which includes optimistic assumptions on the technology innovation axis, but less optimistic about the availability of societal changes.
  • SOC – which makes the opposite assumptions around technology innovation and societal change.
  • BAL – which takes a balanced set of assumptions somewhere between TEC and SOC.

Across the three scenarios, using our modelling we produced projections on the below to inform a high-level road map:

  • Sectoral emissions across hydrogen, transports, buildings, electricity, industry and DACC.
  • Annual primary resource consumption
  • Energy use and generation across electricity, industry and transport (included expected uptake of EVs)
  • Hydrogen production
  • Estimated cost of decarbonisation

Key insights derived:

  • Industrial decarbonisation is critical and contributes the highest residual emissions in 2050 in all scenarios.
  • Bioenergy, if available and sustainable, provides a particularly useful offset.
  • Direct air capture is utilised extensively.
  • Wind, solar power, storage and CCS are all critical technologies and should all be actively pursued,
  • Imports of hydrogen will play a role in – near-term and long-term.
  • Transportation transitions to essentially zero emissions in the long term.

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