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. Innovate UK Business Connect is here to help.
Our current focus in this area
At Innovate UK Business Connect, we are helping to empower organisations in their journey to Net Zero.
As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, we are changing the demand profile on many materials. But at the same time, as the world population rises, resulting in an ever increasing demand for energy and products which puts increasing pressure on materials (and their supply chains), we are also generating more and more ‘waste’.
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.
Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.
Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.
Innovate UK Business Connect 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.
The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at Innovate UK Business Connect is proactively driving engagement and collaboration as part of the core programme of the UKRI ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP).
Innovate UK Business Connect 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, we are actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.
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; through the International Civil Aviation Organization, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.
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.
Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 3: Spring 2024
Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 19/04/2024
Grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects.
Horizon Europe: Clean and competitive solutions for all transport modes
Opens: 07/12/2023 Closes: 18/04/2024
Research and innovation across all transport modes sought, for the EU to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution by 2050
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.
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.
Global Incubator Programme: Singapore - Cleantech
Opens: 29/01/2024 Closes: 11/03/2024
Innovate UK EDGE seek up to 8 innovative companies supplying technology to the Cleantech sector for a programme in Singapore.
Global Cement and Concrete Association: Innovandi Open Challenge 2024
Opens: 19/02/2024 Closes: 15/04/2024
GCCA are looking for start-ups working on Carbon Capture Use and Storage for low carbon concrete.
Related Events and Recordings
Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing feasibility study competition winners announced
This month Innovate UK announced the 20 participants selected to take part in the Resource Efficiency for Materials and Manufacturing (REforMM) feasibility study competition.
Mobilising demand for low carbon materials to achieve rapid industrial decarbonisation
On 24th May, Innovate UK, First Movers Coalition (FMC) and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) co-convened a roundtable discussion to understand how demand for low carbon materials can rapidly decarbonise industry. The discussion centred on two key questions: why does demand matter and how can it be harnessed to decarbonise industry at scale and pace?