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Sustainability

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.

We make the full range of diverse connections required to shape a more positive future: technology, design, supply chains, business models, behaviour change, systems change. We are committed to driving innovation that is sustainable – responsible, resilient and even regenerative.

KTN helps drive innovation that can reduce industry’s environmental footprint and improve resource efficiency, and also create benefits such as competitive advantage and enhanced value-add for the customer. By making the right connections – for instance to cutting edge knowledge & research, the best solution providers, and testing facilities.

KTN helps innovators navigate the journey to market fruition. We make connections to the multitude of skills and assets required to bring any product or service to market. And of course the funding and finance that might be required.

KTN works extensively with stakeholders – from national and regional government to national and regional government, Catapults, clusters, trade associations, learned institutions, expert consultancies, think tanks and charities. We connect seemingly disparate stakeholders to shape a better innovation landscape, and multiply the impact that any one of these organisations could have alone. To help drive positive change.

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Our current focus in this area

Circular Economy

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’.

Decarbonising Ports & Harbours

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network is addressing the commitments of the Industry Maritime 2050 plan and the challenges of decarbonising ports and harbours by catalysing cross sector activity.

Low Emission Vehicles

Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.

Net Zero

The UK has declared a “climate emergency” and is committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. All sectors can and will play a critical role in helping the UK meet this target by developing and deploying new technologies, processes, and systems level change. KTN is exploiting the power of its networks and expertise to tackle this key challenge and driver of innovation.

Net Zero Chemicals Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Offshore / Renewables

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.

Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging

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).

Solar

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.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Sustainable Aviation community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Sustainable Manufacturing

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.

Funding Opportunities

IETF industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million for grants to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation.

Opens: 20/07/2020 Closes: 28/10/2020

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XPRIZE Rainforest

The $10M XPRIZE Rainforest is a five-year competition. The winning team will develop novel technologies to rapidly and comprehensively survey rainforest biodiversity and use that data to improve our understanding of this complex ecosystem.

Opens: 01/11/2019 Closes: 15/03/2021

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The Sustainable Innovation Fund: round 3 (temporary framework)

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million for new projects focusing on sustainable economic recovery from COVID-19.

Opens: 01/09/2020 Closes: 30/09/2020

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Events

Tue
3
Nov
2020

Future Plastic Packaging Solutions: Competition briefing

10.00 - 15.15 | Online

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Wed
30
Sep
2020

Heat recovery and utilisation – Defining the foundation industries' sector innovation needs

10.30 - 12.00 | Online

Recording coming soon

Thu
17
Dec
2020

Addressing the Challenge of Microfibres - from source of production to environmental contamination

10.00 - 16.00 | Online

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News

31.08.2020

Plastics Research and Innovation Fund Conference - Academic Papers

UKCPN publish academic papers on creative circular economy approaches to eliminate plastic waste.

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28.09.2020

KTN is helping the British Antarctic Survey with a search for innovators

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking to purchase innovative solutions to help meet its net zero carbon target. Two challenging asks have been listed on KTN’s Innovation Exchange.  First, BAS is looking for solutions to help decarbonise the polar vehicles used at its Sky Blu Logistics Facility.  And secondly, the organisation is seeking solutions which decarbonise its energy demand for heating, hot water and power at two of its island research stations – Bird Island and Signy.

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