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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.

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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 and the Decarbonisation of Ports and Harbours, 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 at KTN

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 Chemicals

KTN believe that given the ambition for Net Zero and the drive towards a Circular Economy, there is a need to act now to develop new value chains for chemicals from alternative feedstocks so that the UK can lead in Net Zero chemical manufacturing.

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Sustainable Manufacturing

If you are looking to improve your sustainability and resilience, reduce the carbon footprint of your operations, product, resource energy or material costs, or find new uses for waste and contribute to a more circular economy, we can work with you and introduce you to a network of powerful connections.


Net Zero Case Studies


Agrifood, Robotics & AI, Sensors

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

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Biotechnology, Chemistry, Innovation, Investment, Sustainability

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

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Agrifood, Biotechnology, Innovation, Investment, Sustainability

Earthly Biochar: Fighting climate change while restoring soil health

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Agrifood, Biotechnology, Sustainability

Insectrial Revolution: Shaping the future of sustainable protein

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Chemistry, Design, Innovation, Manufacturing, Materials

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

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Design, Innovation, Materials, Sustainability

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

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Current Net Zero funding opportunities

SMEs Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership round 2

Opens: 18/10/2021
Closes: 17/11/2021

UK registered SMEs transforming food production towards net zero can apply for a share of up to £5 million in grant support. This must align with a series A investment. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Transforming food production: Series A Investor Partnership Programme: round 2

Opens: 18/10/2021
Closes: 10/11/2021

Investors can apply to partner with Innovate UK to align their investments with up to £5 million grant funding in UK registered SMEs to transform food production towards net zero by 2040. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Future flight challenge phase 3: two strands - demonstration and cross-cutting technologies

Opens: 06/09/2021
Closes: 03/11/2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £65 million to develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Growing Kent and Medway: Collaborative Research and Development

Opens: 06/09/2021
Closes: 20/10/2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-focused innovation in the horticultural food supply chain.

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Related News


Scottish Research and Innovation Futures: Addressing our climate emergency

The climate emergency and major environmental challenges are to be discussed today at the third workshop in a series of meetings delivered in partnership between KTN and Research Innovation Scotland (RIS).

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Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition winners announced

Winners of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition (CMDC) were announced aboard HMS Albion on the 15th September by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps as part of the Net Zero Hub during London International Shipping Week.

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Upcoming Net Zero Events



Off Highway Webinar & Workshop - Joint Hydrogen Economy and Cross - Sector Battery Systems Innovation Networks event

13.30 - 15.00 | Online

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Decarbonising Ports & Harbours - Solution Roadmapping Workshop

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Our Net Zero Experts

Emma McKenna

Knowledge Transfer Manager - Emerging Technologies


Ben Peace

Head of Manufacturing