Industrial decarbonization – Reducing the carbon footprint of heavy and energy intensive industries through low-carbon technologies
Low-cost nuclear – Developing a compact, standardised nuclear power station product based around a small modular reactor
Made smarter innovation – Developing new digital technologies for a flexible, more productive and sustainable manufacturing sector
Prospering from the energy revolution – Accelerating innovation in smart local energy systems, from energy storage to data management. Moving to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient economy is good for the UK, and for its people – helping to improve air quality and offering cheaper, more convenient access to clean energy. This challenge will invest £102.5 million to develop smart, clean energy systems and localised approaches that join up energy supply, storage and use with heat and transport. It will also allow the UK to pursue global opportunities, with an estimated $2 trillion set to be invested in energy infrastructure worldwide every year.
Smart sustainable plastic packaging – Developing more sustainable plastic packaging materials and designs, and enabling new recycling processes
Transforming construction – Accelerating the shift towards a manufacturing-based approach, digital technologies, and value-based outcomes. The UK needs more affordable places for people to live and work that are safe, healthy and energy efficient. To create better buildings and deliver the £650 billion worth of projects planned under the national infrastructure programme, the construction industry needs to become more productive, competitive and sustainable. This challenge will invest £170 million – matched by £250 million from industry – to modernise construction processes and techniques, such as using digital design and standardised, modular components for offsite manufacture.
Transforming food production – Supporting new ways to produce resilient and sustainable food, reducing carbon emissions, waste and pollution. The growing global population will need 60% more food by 2050 – calling for more resilient, healthier, sustainable sources and management practices. Through an up to £90 million investment, this challenge will support new developments in precision agriculture and food production, building on UK strengths of understanding in crops, livestock and environmental sciences. It will create more efficient, sustainable food supplies that are less vulnerable to shocks, such as disease outbreaks and extreme weather.
Transforming foundation industries – Developing technology to reduce energy and resource use within the foundation industries