Transport connects people, places, goods and services. Innovation in transport has the potential to benefit our economy, society and environment.
The transport system of the future will be more efficient, cleaner and smarter, through utilising enhanced digital, communication and autonomous technologies.
Our current focus in this area
Connected and Automated Vehicles offer transformational opportunities for safety, access to mobility, lower emissions and increased efficiency and productivity of our transport systems
Aviation is a key pillar in both the United Kingdom’s economic and societal prosperity. It supports growth in our tourism industry, increases trade and business investment, and connects people and places both domestically and internationally.
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.
Future Flight can transform our lives. It will inspire the next generation of sustainable aviation and revolutionise how we connect people, deliver goods and provide services, using new classes of electric and autonomous vehicles.
Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.
As an island nation the UK has traditionally been a leading player in the global maritime industry.
Micromobility is a trend that’s growing and KTN’s Transport Team is working closely with industry and government to understand the opportunities and the challenges.
Rail is essential to the economic, social and environmental health and growth of the UK, supporting essential travel, commuters, social and leisure travel, healthcare journeys and travel for education purposes. The rail network is the UK’s travel backbone, connecting rural communities to urban areas and facilitating opportunities for all.
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.
Transport Systems looks holistically across transport modes, infrastructure and control systems (e.g. communication, smart ticketing, remote control & supervision) plus new business models such as Mobility-as-a-Service.
This Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Supplier Directory has been developed by KTN and Jet Zero Council SAF Delivery Group (JZC SAF DG) members to provide a supply of SAF to customers interested in reducing the carbon footprint of their air travel.
Current Transport funding opportunities
Zero emission road freight demonstrations 2022
Opens: 15/08/2022 Closes: 12/10/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £140 million to demonstrate battery and/or hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
PEMD Scale-up: Strand 2, manufacturing process development
Opens: 21/09/2022 Closes: 07/12/2022
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to scale up manufacturing in the power electronics, machines and drives supply chain. This strand will fund manufacturing process industrialisation to enhance volume and niche productivity.
Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 3
Opens: 29/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with The Department for Transport (DfT) to invest up to £60 million in innovation projects. These will be to develop and deploy real world operational demonstrations of clean maritime solutions.
Related Events and Recordings
V2X bi-directional charging information event
10.00 - 12.00 | Online
Canada & UK Net Zero Value Chains - Transportation
16.00 - 17.30 | Online
Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub Scoping Workshop
10.00 - 15.00 | Darlington
Recording coming soon
Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Announces New Round of Funding and Previous Winners
On World Maritime Day the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced £60m funding for the third round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition.
Geo for Earth - Episode 7: Can we turn the transport sector green by just developing electric vehicles?
How can we best decarbonise the transport sector, and what role does geospatial data play in this? Join our guest speakers from TRL and EV Serious for Episode 7 to explore this topic in more detail.