Net Zero Living
Innovate UK’s £60 million, three-year Net Zero Living Programme aims to help places and businesses across the UK to accelerate the transition to net zero.
About the programme
Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living Programme is a £60 million, three-year programme that aims to help places and businesses across the UK 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 trying to deliver these solutions at scale. There are often barriers to overcome including coordinating many stakeholders, engaging with citizens, attracting finance or navigating procurement and governance processes.
We recognise that local authorities can directly address or influence up to 30% of the UK’s total carbon emissions, and help facilitate the reduction of emissions across a place even more, through their influence in planning decisions, policy setting and defining local goals.
Aims and objectives
The Net Zero Living programme aims to help places to open markets by:
- Removing the non-technical barriers to demand, including skills, organisational capacity, citizen engagement, financing, procurement and governance processes, which can all create barriers to the rapid scale up and adoption of net zero solutions.
- Driving widespread business growth and innovation across the economy.
- Unlocking 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.
Providing support to local authorities, their partners and communities to overcome non-technical systemic barriers to the scaling and adoption of net zero solutions. This challenge will be delivered under two grant funding awards and supported by our Future Ready procured support.
User Focused Products
Supporting businesses to better understand and respond to the needs, opportunities and barriers preventing the large-scale roll out of net zero solutions. Includes funding for a Digital Accelerator, Design Foundations and international activities including City Twinning, Bilaterals, Net Zero Incubators and an International Net Zero Pilot.
Accelerating local net zero investment
Local net zero could open up a £500bn investment opportunity – and it’s vital if we want to meet the UK’s 2050 climate targets while creating healthier, more prosperous futures. Read the key findings from a PwC report, commissioned by UKRI, about the private capital required for local net zero projects and how to unlock it.
Environmental Monitoring Innovation
Opens: 22/01/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £5m for collaborative projects to develop innovative solutions in environmental monitoring.
Rural Transport Accelerator
Opens: 19/01/2024 Closes: 29/02/2024
The Department of Transport (DfT) is supporting SMEs and local authorities to improve transport connectivity within rural communities.
Unlocking nature-positive private investment
Opens: 12/02/2024 Closes: 10/04/2024
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2m to develop solutions that enable private investors to invest in nature positive projects.
Related Events and Recordings
Innovate UK Net Zero Living Digital Q&A
12.00 - 13.00 | Online
Financing, planning and delivering local net zero projects: new support for local authorities
09.30 - 11.00 | Online
Overview of the UK’s Net Zero Strategy for Public Sector
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Procurement Net Zero: Meet the Advisor
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Net Zero Living: Understanding the User Focused Products programme
The User Focused Products programme of work is part of Innovate UK’s broader Net Zero Living Programme – a £60 million, three-year initiative that helps places and businesses across the UK to accelerate the delivery of the transition to net zero.
Digital Accelerator Winners Announced
The Digital Accelerator is part of Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living programme, it is looking to stimulate digital innovation by utilising existing and emerging data to drive forward digital innovation across net zero sectors.
Fast Followers accelerate towards Net Zero
Innovate UK is funding 21 Local Authorities across the UK to accelerate progress towards hitting Net Zero targets.