27 Jul Ensuring our economic recovery is green
To help drive forward progress on the UK’s target to reach net zero by 2050, the Government have announced two new support packages to help secure the UK’s place at the forefront of green innovation and drive economic recovery from coronavirus.
£350 million to fuel green recovery
On Wednesday 22nd July, the Government announced that £350 million is being made available to help cut emissions and drive economic recovery from coronavirus.
The package to help businesses in the heavy industry, construction, space and transport sectors includes:
- £139 million to cut emissions in heavy industry by supporting the transition from natural gas to clean hydrogen power, and scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology which can stop over 90% of emissions being released from industrial plants into the air by storing carbon permanently underground
- £149 million to drive the use of innovative materials in heavy industry; the 13 initial projects will include proposals to reuse waste ash in the glass and ceramics industry, and the development of recyclable steel
- £26 million to support advanced new building techniques in order to reduce build costs and carbon emissions in the construction industry
- A £10 million boost for state of the art construction tech which will go towards 19 projects focused on improving productivity and building quality, for example, re-usable roofs and walls and “digital clones” of buildings that analyse data in real time
- Launching a New National Space Innovation Programme backed by £15 million initial funding from the UK Space Agency, which will see the first £10million go towards projects that will monitor climate change across the globe, which could protect local areas from the impacts of extreme weather by identifying changes in the environment
- Opening up bids for a further £10million for R&D in the automotive sector, to help companies take cutting edge ideas from prototype to market, including more efficient electric motors or more powerful batteries
We’ve made great strides towards our net zero target over the last year, but it’s more important than ever that we keep up the pace of change to fuel a green, sustainable recovery as we rebuild from the pandemic.
Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister
UK aerospace sector to benefit from £400 million funding to go green
The Government has also announced that Aerospace jobs and supply chains across the UK will benefit from £400 million funding to go green. Delivered through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme, the funding aims to support the UK’s aerospace sector recovery from the pandemic, to secure highly-skilled jobs and will benefit companies of all sizes.
The successful projects that will receive a share of the government’s £200 million grant funding through the ATI programme include:
- wings: the UK is the home of Airbus wing design and manufacturing. Airbus-led projects (Broughton, Filton) will drive forward more efficient wing assembly, systems installation, digital design processes and a range of innovative wing concepts including folding wing tips
- engines: Rolls-Royce-led projects will support the development of the UltraFan engine technology, which will make a step change in the efficiency and environmental performance of aircraft
- power systems: the AEPEC project led by Safran Electrical & Power UK (Pitstone) will research how new electrical power systems can lead to more efficient energy usage
- cabin systems: an Oxford-based project led by Williams Advanced Engineering will develop ultra-lightweight seat structures for air travel, reducing the weight of aircraft
This £400 million ATI investment will help secure our world-leading position in developing new flight technology to make air travel safer and greener into the future.
Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy