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The dangers of sapphire-mining in Madagascar

The BBC has rcently produced articles/reports on Saphire mining in Madagascar: -  "The BBC Sophie's Ribstein reports from the village of Ilakaka in Madagascar for Africa Business...

Why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling

KTN member Daniel O'Connor of Warp-it explains why reuse has a much greater impact than recycling and how to increase the importance of reuse in your organisation.   Click here  for...

Plans for Potash Mine in North Yorkshire Approved

News of the Planning Authorities decision to approve plans for a new Potash mine is reported in an article by Andrew Bounds for the Financial Times.  The owner of the prospect Sirius...

Resource Revolution: Creating the Future

WRAP’s new five year plan, ‘Resource Revolution, Creating the Future’ sets out how businesses, organisations and consumers can be part of a resource revolution that will re-invent, re-think and...

Research Challenges in Industrial CCS

EPSRC , as part of its contribution to the  RCUK  Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in...

Incineration of British waste in Germany doubled compared to year before

An article on the German consultancy  Prognos  website reports on increasing exports of combustble watse to Germany.  Here is an extract from the  article: - "Waste...

Copper Supply and Demand Estimates

The fact that some traditional applications of copper have declined (e.g. telephone landlines) might be counter balanced by increased use for other applications (low carbon vehicles and wind...

Indium Gallium Boron Copper

The BBC World Service Radion programme has broadcast a number of new episodes examing the following: -     Gallium & Indium (Ga, In) "LED lighting, solar power and...

Harnessing the Sea

The BBC World Service Radio programme Business Daily explores the potential to source energy and minerals from the seas and oceans. Here is the programme synopsis: - "Tanya Beckett...

Learn more about the opportunities for design in innovation across a wide range of business sectors

Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal challenges, including: growing future cities, supporting wellbeing...

Study on the review of the list of critical raw materials

The European Comission's DG Growth has issued a new tender for a study that would update the list of Critical Raw Materials. The deadline for submissions is September 4th 2015. Details are...

Assessing the Potential Cost Savings and Resource Savings of Investments in 4 SME sectors

This report was prepared by RPA for the European Commission’s DG Environment – it is available on the European Commission’s Environment website. Here are extracts that outline the objectives and...

Views on the Planning Application for a Potash Mine in the North Yorks Moors

A report commissioned by the North Yorks Moor Park Authority on the York Potash Planning Application reviewed the results of opinion polls to predict the impact of the mine development of...

Do you need a European business partner?

If so, AquaMatch might be just what you've been looking for. AquaMatch is  an international Water Technology & Innovation brokerage event. The event is organised by the Netherlands...

Can the divestment movement tame climate change?

An article on the BBC News (Science & Environment) discusses the impact of the organisations that have sold their invetsments in the fossil fuel sector. "An increasingly popular tool...

Coking coal find by Cluff Natural Resources near Solway Firth

An article in "The Courrier" reports on fossil resource developments by Cluff Natural Resources . The resource company has announced that in addition to their resources for Underground Coal...

Sirius Minerals Approvals Update

An announcement on the Sirius Minerals company website on June 10th 2015 provides an update on their Planning Aplication. "In advance of the proposed special planning committee...

Northern Ireland goldmine underground extension plan approved

Approval of the planning application for an extension to the permit for gold,silver and lead mining, at the Cavanaw site near Omagh,was announced on the BBC Northtern Ireland website on 11th...

Circular Economy in Horizon2020 Webinar recording is now available

On the 8th of June KTN hosted a webinar which provided a brief overview of the expected European funding opportunities in the 2016/17 Horizon2020 work programmes and details of support...

2015 Industrial CASE Studentship Competition

The Industrial CASE Studentship Competition promotes collaboration between the research community and the end-users of research. It aims to achieve a benefit to both the end-user and to the...

WISE Awards: Celebrating individuals and organisations that are leading the way for women in STEM

WISE is a campaign to inspire girls and women to study, work and build careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing (STEM).  The 2015 WISE Awards are now open for...

Proof of Concept Funding - have your say

Innovate UK is carrying out a review of proof of concept funding for businesses and academics and  are asking businesses, universities, public sector research establishments, other research...

Centre for Sustainable Systems

The Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan has published a series of FACTSHEETS covering: - Built Environment Climate Change Energy Food ...

Material taken from Tyndrum Site

An article on the BBC News - Scotland - website reports on the theft of material from the failities at the Cononish mine development buildings.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015 entry is now open

If you have a sustainable project, person, organisation or innovation worth shouting about, there is no excuse not to enter the Awards that recognises true sustainable innovation within the...

Automatic Jamming Recognition Demonstrates World First for Innovate UK supported research

Intelligent Sensing Programme – Internet of Things – 10 June 2015 Grand Connaught Rooms, London   “JammerCam™”   Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, UK, 29...

Bring the circular economy to life with a pop-up repair clinic in your company

We have all experienced the frustration when a small electrical or electronic appliance fails, and because we don't know how to repair it, or who to approach to get help, it ends up as...

Large Gold Nugget found in Scottish River

An article on the BB News - Scotland - website reports on 20 carat gold nugget - weighing 18.1 g - found by Canadian man during a gold panning course near Wanlockhead. The find is also...

Will US shale gas bring global energy prices tumbling down?

Full details of an  article by Richard Anderson, Business reporter, BBC News, can be accessed viw this hyperlink ; - here is an extract: -  "Vast quantities of fracked gas have...

ESOF’s ‘Science to Business Programme’ calls for you to propose an innovative session exploring the major issues for research within business and indu

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this high profile event in Manchester, July 2016. The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is an interdisciplinary meeting of researchers, industry and...

EC President Juncker welcomes world-leading scientists, discusses role of science in competitiveness and announces new mechanism for scientific advice

A high-level group of eniment scientists and officials have met to exchange views on how to ensure that Europe remains a centre of excellence for science, foster innovative ideas that are...

Award for Best Investment in a Business in Eco Innovation- closing date is June 10th

UK Business Association Award for ‘Best Investment in a Business in Eco Innovation’ is sponsored by INNEON. Eligible companies must have received equity investment in the form of Angel backing,...

EU-funded project INNEON offers opportunities to SMEs and investors in eco-innovation

The INNEON network for eco-innovation investment aims to extend public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe, and provide a unique forum...

Eureka Eurostars programme - up to €360k available

Call closes  17th Sep 2015.  The Eurostars programme is targeted at innovative SMEs wanting to take part in collaborative research with partners across Europe and associated...

EU Raw Material Profiles

Many of you will be aware of the EU update on Critical Raw Materials that was published in 2014.  As part of this study profiles were created for 54 Raw Materials.  These profiles...

Environmental and Social Benchmarking of a Deep Sea Mining Project

A company, Earth Economics,has produced a benchmarking report for the Deep Sea Mining comapny Nautilus Minerals. Here are extracts f rom the outline and Executie Summary: - "This study...

Commission asks the public for ideas to develop the Circular Economy

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to collect views on the main policy options for developing an ambitious new approach on the Circular Economy. Stakeholders' input will...

£1m funding for upcoming SBRI competition - Enhanced individual protective equipment

£1m funding for upcoming SBRI competition, opens 1 June  The competition 'Enhanced individual protective equipment', an SBRI competition run by...

NERC Policy placements with Welsh Government, Scottish Government and UK Government Office for Science

NERC has launched three opportunities for policy placements: NERC Welsh Government high level policy placement NERC is partnering with the Welsh Assembly Government to seek a...

Arup Research Challenge 2015

Global Research Challenge 2015 – Future Cities Arup would like to invite you to consider participating in their Global Research Challenge this year. It is an annual award which aims at...

UK Firm wins H2020 funding for underwater mining robot

Here is an article from the H2020 project website: - A UK-based firm has won €12.6m of funding from Horizon 2020 to develop an underwater mining robot. It is hoped that the new technology...

NERC Innovation Projects call (formerly KE projects call)

NERC have given advanced notice of their funding for Innovation Projects and details are available on the NERC website : - Here is an outline taken from the NERC website: - "The next...

Rare earth deal in Burundi criticized amid political turmoil

An article on the DW website reports on criticism of a deal for a German company to develop a  Rare Earth deposit in Burundi "Private mining company Rainbow Rare Earth Limited...

Mineral Resources A major challenge in the context of Sustainable Development

Professor Georges Calas from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI has delivered a series of lectures that are available via this weblink. (The lectures have been translated into...

Virtual Joint Centres with Brazil, China and India in Agricultural Nitrogen

The deadline for applications is 22nd July 2015.    As part of the Newton Fund BBSRC, NERC and partners in Brazil, China and India are inviting applications to enable bilateral...

£30-50k Funding Available Through Global Research Challenge 2015 – Future Cities

Expression of interest deadline is   12 June 2015. Arup would like to invite every member of the Arup community to consider participating in their Global Research Challenge this...

Photovoltaic Materials and the Green Scottish Island

In the United Nations'  International Year Year of Ligh t the BBC is featuring programmes that follow this theme.  These include an episode of the BBC Radio World Service programme...

Review of Deep Sea Mining

A presentation by Stef Kapusniak of Soil Machine Dynamics on the development of Deep Sea Mining has been uploaded into the document library .

IET Innovation Awards

The prestigious annual IET Innovation Awards showcase the very best new innovations in science, engineering and technology The ceremony will be held on 18th November 2015 at The Brewery,...

The Lunar Gold Rush - How Moon Mining Could Work

The Visual Capitalist website presents a new Infographic that considers the potential for mining on the Moon. Here is an extract from their footnotes: - "Humans are already going to...

GKN Aerospace to research additive manufacture with Metalysis low-cost titanium powder

Articles on different websites highlight a project that aims to use an innovative production process for the production of titanium powders that can be used in the Additive Layer Manufacturing...

Technology Inspired Innovation Competition is Now Open

Innovate UK is to invest up to £3 million in feasibility studies to stimulate innovation across four enabling technology areas that underpin future UK growth: advanced materials ; biosciences...

Unilever boss urges world leaders to reduce carbon output

Paul Polman the Chief Executive of Unilever is quoted in an article by Roger Harrabin, Environmenatl Analyst, on the BBC News website: - “It’s clear that, increasingly, the business...

Future of Business book launching in June

The Future of Business book focuses on the critical social and economic forces, business trends, disruptive technologies, breakthrough developments in science and new ideas that could reshape...

Survey on UK Proof of Concept Support

Innovate UK is undertaking a review of Proof of Concept funding for businesses and academia in the UK. To support this work Innovate UK first needs to establish a baseline for how different...

The Importance of Material Supply Chain for High Technology Applications

The importance of effective supply chain management for high-tech businesses  is illustrated a recent blog by Ben Kramer-Miller on the Investor website Seeking Alpha,entitled:-  ...

Rare Earth Elements from Mineral to Magnet

Researchers  (Janne Kuhn and Hein Gevers, Wageningen University and Research Centre) have recently published a review of the global Rare Earth markets.  Thety list the following...

Nickel The metal that brought you cheap flights

An article by Laurence Knight in the BBC News Magazin e describes how the special properties of the element nickel make it useful in a wide range of applications, for example: - "Nitinol...

The Ozone Hole - Some Good news - perhaps

An episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme 'Costing the Earth' looks back at the discovery of the 'hole' in the ozone layer by British Scientists 30 years ago. Although some recovery has taken...

Launch of Circularity Indicator Tool

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and  Granta Design  launch new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context...

CPD short courses at Cranfield University

Combined Heat & Power - 22-26 June 2015 There is increasing pressure for all organisations to satisfy their demand for heat and electricity in a more cost-effective, carbon-clean and...

Progress towards proposed UK Nutrient Platform

Last week KTN participated in a stakeholder workshop to discuss the potential for the formation of a UK Nutrient Platform.  A summary of the event and the presentations are now...

Public Consultation Conference - European Circular Economy Package

The European Commission is hosting a stakholder conference 'Closing the Loop - Circular Economy: boosting business, reducing waste' on 25th June in Brussels.  Full details of the invitation...

The eight essentials of innovation

In the April 2015 edition of the McKinsey Quarterly publication they list what they consider to be the eight essentials of Innovation (relationships with external networks is one element)....

Coking coal miners - worse off than iron ore producers

An article by Clyde Russell (columist for Reuters on 28th April 2015) shows how prices for coking coal have fallen even further than those for iron ore. The article can be accessed via the...

Colombia crackdown on illegal mines in Amazon

An article on the BBC News (Latin America) website describes how the Colombian governmnet has been acting against illegal mining for gold, tungsten and cobalt. Here is an extract: - "The...

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Round 4

The  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) , Innovate UK and the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  are to invest £40m...

UKWIR Water Talkers Platform

Water is such a precious and finite resource but most people don’t really realise it, especially in the UK where it rains a lot. It is very easy for us to take water for granted but it is vital...

Top Ten Technologies for Innovation in the Mining and Minerals Industrty

The May 2015 ediition of the Mining Magazine provide a list of the "ten technoogies that it feels have the greatest potential to bring about a step-change in mining over the next five years'....

UKWIR Challenge: Detecting the Build-up of Blockages in Complex Fluid Networks

UKWIR Challenge: Detecting the Build-up of Blockages in Complex Fluid Networks   TAGS:  Environment, Scientific...

Internet of Things cities demonstrator

The opening of this competition has been delayed while Innovate UK clarify some operational details. Further information on the compet ition will be available at ( ...

The long-term care revolution national challenge

This SBRI competition of up to £4 million aims to stimulate the development of innovative new products, services and systems that disrupt the institutional long-term care model, ensuring...

Energy Catalyst round 3

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in...

APC4: Driving UK Capability and Economic Impact through Low Carbon Propulsion Technologies

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £60m in collaborative research and...

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in China (IRNHinC)

Expressions of Interest are now invited for the Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in China call, jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Economic and Social...

Portable renewable energy generation funding call

The  SBRI  competition 'Portable renewable energy generation', is run by City of Cardiff Council in partnership with Innovate UK and other funding...

Low carbon transport voucher scheme

£1000 Innovation Voucher grant to support your low carbon transport innovations.    Innovation voucher scheme in the East of England is to encourage the region’s companies to...

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call

As part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, NERC is launching an innovation call in this area by inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for short-term feasibility...

Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050

Reports that set out potential pathways for the eight most heat-intensive industrial sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.   Iron and Steel ...

Call on Managing the Environment to Improve Human Health and Wellbeing

NERC / AHRC / ESRC call on Managing the Environment to Improve Human health and wellbeing   The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Arts & Humanities Research...

Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group SPARK Plus awards

Closing date: 16.00 on 22 May 2015 The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Innovate UK are to invest £50,000 in early-stage R&D projects aimed at encouraging...

Spearheading future electric vehicle battery production funding call

Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) are to invest up to £10 million in a single consortium to develop a pilot line to understand how to produce high-voltage electric...

Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment (PURE) knowledge exchange network

PURE  (Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment) is a new  Knowledge Exchange Network and Research Programme .  Its aim is to be the  leading...

Opportunity alert: REBus - free consultancy to innovate your business model and make it more profitable

REBus is a LIFE+ funded project led by WRAP with partners including the KTN. Its aim is to demonstrate how businesses and their supply chains can implement resource efficient or “circular”...

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation funding call

As part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme, NERC is launching an innovation call in this area by inviting expressions of interest (EoI) for short-term feasibility...

Innovation Vouchers - Round 12

You can get an Innovation Voucher worth up to £5,000 to pay for an external expert to help your business grow.   You can use this expert to get advice on a novel idea or to use...

Agri-Tech Catalyst round 4

The Agri-Tech Catalyst, run by the Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, offers funding to innovative businesses and researchers to develop solutions to...

Green Gown Awards 2015 - Awarding sustainability excellence

Now in their 11 th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. All categories are...

Cleaner, more efficient conventional fuels competition- Feasibility studies

Competition  run by Innovate UK & NERC.  The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce cost and minimise the environmental impact of coal, natural gas and oil production & use...

Enhancing the user experience through better data and design

The UK, with established strengths in digital technology and e-business strategy, but also in creative media and design, is well placed to lead in the development of products, services,...

Seeking funding for a low carbon business or project?

Meet serious qualified investors at Greenbackers. From £100K to £5M. Register now.   Are you seeking capital for your low carbon or cleantech business? If so, you are invited to...

London’s waste infrastructure investment fund

  The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has a £20 million fund aimed at supporting businesses, primarily SMEs, willing to develop waste treatment infrastructure projects in...

IAgrE Landwards Conference 2015 - Too Much or Too Little Water?

“Too Much or Too Little Water? Engineering innovation for agricultural water management in a changing climate.   IAgrE President Mark Kibblewhite, CEnv, FIAgrE has convened this...

Welsh innovators set to showcase pioneering work

Businesses and organisations in Wales which develop ground-breaking products, services and processes are being urged to open their doors this summer to show off their ideas and expertise. ...
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