Innovate UK's Funding Opportunity: Net Zero Living Programme

Posted on: 28/09/2022

Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living Programme is being designed to help places and businesses to accelerate the delivery of the transition to net zero.

Many of the immediate solutions needed to transition places to net zero already exist. However, challenges are often encountered when interfacing with public infrastructure and policy, or require coordination across systems. We recognise that local authorities can directly address or influence up to 30% of our total carbon emissions, and help facilitate even more, through their influence in planning decisions, policy setting and defining local goals.

This challenge area aims to help places to open markets by removing the non-technical barriers to demand, drive widespread business growth and innovation across the economy, and unlock significant additional private investment to enable true levelling-up both between and within places. To understand what is meant by non-technical systemic barriers, please watch this short recording.

The programme has two challenge areas:

  1. Thriving Places – Providing support to local authorities, their partners and communities to overcome non-technical systemic barriers to the scaling and adoption of net zero solutions. More details can be found here.
  2. User-Focussed Products – Supporting business to better understand and respond to the needs, opportunities and barriers that are preventing the large-scale roll out of net zero solutions. Full details to be confirmed.

If you are interested in taking part in this programme, being kept informed of the latest updates as this programme develops, and being the first to hear about upcoming KTN or partners’ competitions and support opportunities, please register your contact details below to join our mailing list.

If you have any questions about this funding challenge, please contact our expert Nilam Banks.

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