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You can discover content using your area of interest, from sustainability to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency & remaining competitive

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a mini-conference on the theme of 2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy, on 27th October 2016 in London.

BEIS has been working with trade associations, companies and other stakeholders to identify how the 8 most heat-intensive sectors in the UK (Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Food and Drink, Oil Refining, Pulp and Paper, Cement, Glass, Ceramics), can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and increase their energy efficiency whilst remaining competitive. These 2050 roadmaps reports were published in March last year and one of the cross-cutting themes they identified is value chain collaboration or the circular economy.

You can find these reports here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-decarbonisation-and-energy-efficiency-roadmaps-to-2050

The objective of this mini-conference is to define what and where aspects of the circular economy or value chain collaboration are relevant for the 2050 roadmap programme in general, and to discuss potential actions – working collaboratively with industry and academia – that could feed in to the individual sectoral action plans. 

The key questions for discussion are:

1.    How can the uptake of lifecycle thinking in energy intensive industries be accelerated and embedded?

2.    How can products manufactured by energy intensive industries be designed to improve durability and recyclability?

3.    How can management lead and structure its business to realise energy and material efficiency?

4.    How can energy intensive industries and Government work with their increasingly global up- and downstream supply chain to reduce embodied greenhouse gas emissions and energy?

5.    How can an industrial strategy facilitate opportunities for energy intensive  industries to move up the value chain? 


If you have an interest in attending this mini conference please reply to arjan.geveke@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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