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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’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.

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.

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.

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).


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

SBRI: Heat Pump Ready Programme: Stream 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £30,000,000 available in stream 1 to develop solutions for high-density heat pump deployment, focusing on development and trial of solutions and methodologies for the optimised deployment of domestic heat pumps, at high-density, in the UK. The competition will open in late 2021: organisations should register their interest to receive notifications from BEIS when the competition opens.

Opens: 02/11/2021 Closes:

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Made Smarter Innovation: Sustainable Smart Factory

UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £20m for digital innovation projects that will improve the resource efficiency and energy efficiency of manufacturing processes in factories.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 26/01/2022

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The BEIS Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA) - phase 3

A total of £8 million in funding will be available to fund industrial scale demonstrations of novel technologies with the potential to reduce energy consumption, maximise resource efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 03/01/2022

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Subak: Climate Impact Accelerator for non-profits

A one year programme to supercharge small climate data not-for-profit organisations (up to 10 employees). Up to £110k per organisation across three phases, plus other support.

Opens: 01/12/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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LaunchUK: design a nanosatellite to help inform solutions to climate change

Take part in the Nanosat Design Competition for a chance to win part of a £600k Challenge Fund. Submit your satellite design to help inform and support the UK’s climate change efforts.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 07/01/2022

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Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs

CCR are looking for innovative deployment technology to enable zero emission council fleets. Through this IX challenge, Optimising vehicles and charging infrastructure for council fleet to transition to EVs. CCR are looking for Digital solutions to allow the right procurement decisions to be made.

Opens: 03/11/2021 Closes: 15/12/2021

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Digital Business Meetup - Sustainability

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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) Business-led R&D Briefing Event

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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5G and Manufacturing: Sustainability

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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