About the project

This project is an investigation into energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, industrial and commercial refrigeration sectors in the UK including datacentres.

It will identify innovation levers to facilitate sector-wide decarbonisation and achieve net zero. It will provide roadmaps and strategies for end users based on a comprehensive data-driven and whole systems evidence base. These outputs will be used to drive forward sector decarbonisation strategies and policies. 

Outcomes will provide an understanding of current energy usage and emissions through:

  • a roadmap for emissions mitigation
  • sector specific benchmarks
  • a picture of opportunities for innovation and best-practice
  • training materials for equipment users
  • a programme of events.

This work started November 2022 and will run for two years,

The project is being managed by a consortium of partner organisations led by London South Bank University and funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The South Bank University (SBUEL) Heating and Cooling Group is leading the whole project, which is divided into six Work Streams (WS). WS A will assess carbon emissions from transport, industrial and commercial refrigeration and SBUEL will lead on the desk research on sector emissions. WS B will develop the models and roadmaps to 2050 with SBUEL leading the modelling across all sectors. In WS C on benchmarking good practice to 2050, SBUEL will develop the benchmarking for cold stores and retail. SBUEL also contributes to WS D on End-user toolkits and WSE on policy opportunities. Finally, SBUEL leads on project management.

Carbon3IT Ltd (C3IT) is leading the data centre element of the TICR project, we will be conducting site surveys, detailed reviews, creating a roadmap for net zero data centre cooling solutions and providing modelling.

Carbon Limiting Technologies (CLT) is leading the benchmarking workstream which aims to provide a tool for end-users to understand how their current refrigeration energy use and associated emissions compare to their peers.

The University of Birmingham, Centre for Sustainable Cooling will provide research into solutions for the reduction of CO2 emissions within the food transport industry within the UK using their expertise working across Europe, Africa and India.

Star Technical Solutions (STS) will be carrying out refrigeration energy surveys and analysis on each of the following sectors: chemical/ pharmaceutical, cold stores, food and drink manufacturing and retail stores.

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) is responsible for communications and dissemination of results of this project. It will manage the website featuring project news, downloads of roadmaps and guidance notes, and feature training events and workshops. Its expert members will also provide technical peer review of the project guidance notes and reports.