Net Zero

Empowering organisations in their journey to Net Zero. The UK has committed to an ambitious Net Zero target by 2050.  To help realise these goals, KTN is delivering a range of Net Zero solutions that will have an impact on the large-scale change the planet needs.

Our future has to be sustainable, our tomorrow very different from our today.  We all have a part to play and time is running out.  Net Zero is a fundamental priority for KTN and you can see evidence of it in much of what we do.

Our experts are working to connect Net Zero innovators with industry to accelerate the adoption of technologies and capabilities across diverse industry sectors.  This needs to be a systemic change: we are working with our networks on initiatives to support businesses to decarbonise, reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and build resilient, low carbon supply chains.

Sustainable innovation that produces environmental and economic impacts is essential.  From our Innovation Exchange programme connecting those like the British Antarctic Survey with Net Zero challenges to the innovators already working on the solutions, to our Innovation Network communities in Cross-Sector Battery Systems, Hydrogen Economy, Decarbonisation of Ports and Harbours, Net Zero Places and Circular Economy, KTN is committed to providing expertise, connections, cross-sector insights and opportunities for businesses.

Check out some of our projects on this page and you’ll also find links to relevant funding competitions.

Get in touch with our experts, join one of our communities or sign up to our mailing list to find out how we can help you deliver a Net Zero future.

NET ZERO RELATED SECTORS

Decarbonising Ports and Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network’s overarching objective is to raise the profile of the critical part ports and harbours need to play in Maritime transport’s transition to net zero by 2050 and accelerate this transition by giving clear direction.

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Net Zero Case Studies

<strong>E-Nano:</strong> innovative robots pave the way to more sustainable field management in sports and agriculture
Agrifood, Robotics & AI, Sensors

E-Nano: innovative robots pave the way to more sustainable field management in sports and agriculture

When it comes to sport and agriculture field management, there are many practices like over use of pesticides, weed killers, fertilisation and irrigation, that have a…

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<strong>Phase Biolabs:</strong> Accelerating the path to Net Zero for Chemical Manufacturing
Biotechnology, Chemistry, Innovation, Investment, Sustainability

Phase Biolabs: Accelerating the path to Net Zero for Chemical Manufacturing

Phase Biolabs is an innovative biotechnology and carbon recycling company launched in response to UK’s Net Zero commitments. To reach this target, they leverage gas fermentation…

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<strong>C-Tech Innovation:</strong> Waste reduction in the corporate clothing recycling industry
Chemistry, Design, Innovation, Manufacturing, Materials

C-Tech Innovation: Waste reduction in the corporate clothing recycling industry

With the support of KTN’s manufacturing team and Innovate UK, C-Tech Innovation Ltd have developed a solution to reduce wastage in the corporate clothing recycling industry.…

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<strong>MDF Recovery:</strong> World’s first continuous technology to recycle MDF waste
Design, Innovation, Materials, Sustainability

MDF Recovery: World’s first continuous technology to recycle MDF waste

MDF Recovery (MDFR), based in Anglesey, North Wales, has successfully completed proof of concept trials and is now actively scaling up the process that will allow the recovery of wood…

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<strong>Earthly Biochar</strong>: Fighting climate change while restoring soil health

Earthly Biochar: Fighting climate change while restoring soil health

Earthly Biochar, a start-up founded in 2018, aims to combat climate change while restoring soil health through biochar, a carbon-negative emissions technology for industry and gardeners…

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<strong>Beta Bugs</strong>: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Protein

Beta Bugs: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Protein

Insect protein has the potential to help address key global challenges such as feeding a growing world population while reducing land use and providing environmental benefits…

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Current Net Zero funding opportunities

Launchpad - Net zero - CR&D - Tees Valley

Opens: 23/09/2022 Closes: 04/11/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million for projects that grow activities in the net zero innovation cluster centred on Tees Valley.

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Zero emission road freight demonstrations 2022

Opens: 15/08/2022 Closes: 12/10/2022

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £140 million to demonstrate battery and/or hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

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TechX Clean Energy Accelerator

Opens: 01/08/2022 Closes: 09/10/2022

TechX’s Clean Energy Accelerator is an intensive 15-week programme for 12 innovative clean energy start-ups with clear potential to significantly accelerate the transition to an affordable net zero energy industry.

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SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2

Opens: 12/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.

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Circular Economy for SMEs - innovating with NICER, round 2

Opens: 13/10/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to research, test and develop step-change circular economy approaches. This can cover: chemicals, bio-textiles, metals, or mineral-based construction materials; or research/data work to accelerate the transition.

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3

Opens: 29/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with The Department for Transport (DfT) to invest up to £60 million in innovation projects. These will be to develop and deploy real world operational demonstrations of clean maritime solutions.

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Related Events and Recordings

Thu
4
Aug
2022

Digital Business Meet-up: Net Zero

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Thu
20
Oct
2022

Net Zero Mobility Programme: Competition Briefing Event - Collaborative R&D

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Webinar Series: Heating for Net Zero - Decarbonisation of Buildings and Estates

22/06/2022

Webinar Series: Heating for Net Zero - Decarbonisation of Buildings and Estates

The Net Zero Places Innovation Network aims to help make Net Zero in the UK a reality. We do this by supporting local/regional authorities and agencies. This webinar series will answer the most common questions from local authorities to decarbonise buildings and estates.

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Announces New Round of Funding and Previous Winners

30/09/2022

Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Announces New Round of Funding and Previous Winners

On World Maritime Day the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced £60m funding for the third round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.

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