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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’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.

Net Zero

KTN has over 25 projects working on Net Zero solutions from decarbonisation to circular economy and sustainable innovation. Get in touch with one of 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 for the UK.

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

KTN-iX challenge: Solutions to Decarbonise Heat

EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions to decarbonise heat who are interested in corporate strategic investment.Through this iX challenge, EQUANS is looking for innovations that address typical heat decarbonisation challenge pain points as well as those that validate the provenance of low carbon fuels and allow heat networks to integrate with other energy systems.

Opens: 06/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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ISCF Transforming Foundation Industry: Small scale R&D, two strands

The Transforming Foundation Industries (TFI) Challenge fund will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. Projects must address the resource productivity or energy performance opportunities of the sector and its supply chains.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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Climate Challenge Cup

The Climate Challenge Cup is a new international competition to elevate and help scale transformative civic research partnerships between research bodies, civic organisations and local communities to combat climate change. It will culminate in an innovation showcase and award ceremony during COP26, the United Nations 2021 Climate Change Conference in November.

Opens: 23/08/2021 Closes: 24/09/2021

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Events

Wed
20
Oct
2021

Digital Business Meetup - Sustainability

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Thu
27
May
2021

Bioeconomy Cluster Builder: Industrial Applications of Biomass and Processing By-products

13.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Mon
7
Jun
2021

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

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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News

03.08.2021

Rapidly find Innovative Solutions to Circular Economy Challenges in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

We are looking for Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa based companies wanting to find rapid innovative solutions to their industry challenges. Deadline to apply: 14 September 2021.

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19.08.2021

KTN supporting The Carbon Trust on new phase of Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator

The Carbon Trust, with support from KTN and Jacobs, has been re-appointed to design and run the next phase of the UK government’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA), launched by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

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