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Clean Air Innovation briefing event

Posted on 23/10/2018

The first round of funding has been announced as part of a new innovation programme – ‘Tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution’.

Details about the competition will be posted here on the 12th November and KTN and UK Research and Innovation are hosting a competition briefing event on 13 November in London (book here).  A webinar will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

The UK has adopted ambitious, legally-binding targets to reduce emissions of five damaging air pollutants (ammonia, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, fine particulate matter and sulphur dioxide) by 2020 and 2030, aiming to cut early deaths from air pollution by half.

The Clean Air Strategy, setting out how we will work towards these goals, was published for consultation earlier this year.  An important aspect of the Clean Air Strategy is the role that innovation can play in helping us to achieve our air quality goals.

As part of a broader programme of work to develop solutions to air pollution to help policymakers and businesses protect health and work towards a cleaner economy, this innovation competition will invest up to £5m to develop and demonstrate products or services which eradicate, minimise or reduce the harmful impact on air quality in one or more of these areas:

  • road vehicle brake and tyre wear and/or road surface wear
  • non-road mobile machinery used in construction
  • transport refrigeration unit emissions

The aim of this competition is to drive investment in up to three world-leading trials.  The competition will be a two-phase process with £300,000 available for up to six projects in Phase 1, followed by £4.5m available for up to three projects in Phase 2.

The briefing event will allow delegates to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail, to network and develop cross sector partnerships and to meet with Innovate UK and the National Environment Research Council.

To book a place at the event or on the webinar, click here.