The world is changing at an ever greater pace. Industry and innovators are responding, working together to create the products, services and businesses of the future. KTN is here to help.
Our current focus in this area
As the world moves towards a more sustainable future we are changing the demand profile on many materials. At the same, world population rises, resulting in an ever increasing demand for energy and products which puts increasing pressure on materials (and their supply chains) but also is contributing to the generation of more and more ‘waste’.
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.
Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.
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.
Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.
The KTN supports the offshore wind industry as a major contributor to the ORE Catapult innovation hub funded by BEIS, as well as supporting the companies who are making applications for funding for offshore renewables.
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at KTN is proactively driving engagement and collaboration as part of the core programme of the UKRI ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP).
KTN supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, KTN is actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.
Liquid fuels will be a requirement for long-haul air travel in the longer-term and a requirement for short haul whilst new technologies such as electric and electric/hybrid are developed. Aviation contributes around 2-3% to global CO2 emissions and through the UN body, ICAO, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.
The world is changing at an ever greater pace, and manufacturers are responding – improving the products they make and the way they make them. This enables reduced environmental footprint and improved resource efficiency, but also creates benefits such as competitive advantage and a closer alignment with the customer’s needs.
Current Sustainability funding opportunities
Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 2 - Feasibility
Opens: 25/05/2022 Closes: 13/07/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £12 million for innovative clean maritime technologies. Strand 1 is for feasibility studies for pre-deployment testing for innovative clean maritime technology demonstrations, with project costs £100k-£1m.
Faraday Battery Challenge Round 5 Innovation: Feasibility Studies
Opens: 23/05/2022 Closes: 17/08/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million across two strands, for innovation in propulsion battery technologies for electric vehicles. This strand is for feasibility studies of less than 12 months with project costs between £100,000 and £750,000.
SBRI: MRV tools and techniques for land based greenhouse gas removal, phase 1
Opens: 27/06/2022 Closes: 07/09/2022
Organisations can apply for a share of £375,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop tools, technologies and techniques to assist and enable the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of land based greenhouse gas removal (GGR) methods.
Sustainability Events And Recordings
Our Sustainability Experts
Maritime industry sailing towards Net Zero
An event report from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Showcase at the Portsmouth International Port.
Women In Innovation Success Stories: Sophie Walker, Dsposal, North West
Co-founder of Dsposal Sophie Walker is on a mission to bring transparency and accountability to the waste sector. When she first joined Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Awards in March 2021, the business was generating revenue almost entirely from project and development work.