In November the Prime Minister announced the government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
The plan sets out activity and investment from government to support the transition to net zero. On maritime, the plan recognises the need to provide specific and additional support to the sector, in a similar manner to which it supports aviation: “Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
The plan includes a specific funding commitment:
- Greener maritime: £20 million for a competition to develop clean maritime technology, such as feasibility studies on key sites, including Orkney and Teesside.
This Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition builds on the vision set out in the Clean Maritime Plan and underlines the government’s commitment to addressing emissions from this sector. This one-year ‘springboard programme’ will lay the foundation for a network of real world projects to kick-start government investment in decarbonising the maritime sector ahead of COP26.
KTN Competition Launch Briefing 10:00 – 12:30, 29 March
Innovate UK, on behalf of the Department for Transport, will manage the application process for the programme opening in March 2021.
KTN will host this online briefing event enabling you to learn more about the programme and provide you with the opportunity to pitch your idea in order to form a consortium.
Further information on the objectives and scope of the competition will be posted in due course.
Collaboration Platform: To help potential applicants to find suitable partners for the competition, KTN has launched a networking platform. This tool can be used to discuss project opportunities and facilitate introductions between organisations interested in this area. It provides powerful networking through online messaging and 1:1 virtual meetings. You will be able to use this to upload your profile, search other users’ profiles and book video chat meetings via the platform.
We recommend you start building your profile now here, ahead of the briefing on 29th March. After this, we encourage you to revisit the site to start browsing other users’ profiles and send messages to discuss possible collaboration opportunities.