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The Earth's Core

There is an interesting exploration of the nature of the Earth's Core in this week's episode of the BBC Radio 4 Programme "In Our Time" Here is an outline of the programme from the BBC...

Competitiveness of Primary and Secondary Raw Materials in the EU

A copy of this report produced for DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs in January 2015 is now available in the document library . It is also available on the EU's JRC  ...

Gogarburn Innovation Challenge opens on 30th April 2015

Do you have a market-ready product? Think your innovation can help solve resource efficiency challenges at the RBS World HQ? Do you have a market-ready product? Could your innovation help...

DECC Roadmaps for Energy Intensive Industries in the UK

INDUSTRIAL DECARBONISATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY ROADMAPS TO 2050 Roadmaps to 2050 for Energy Intensive Industrial sectors in the UK were posted on the Government website by the...

European Resource Hierarchy

A discussion paper   introducing the idea of a new European Resource Hierarchy has been submitted to Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime...

Navigating the Circular Economy with Ellen MacArthur

A recenet episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme, "in Business" examines the concept of the Circular Economy through discussion with Dame Ellen MacArthur and staff from Unilever (including...

Technology Challenge - Septicity in Sewerage Systems

Anglian Water is looking to address an increasingly common issue: that of septicity in sewage with extended residence times in wet wells and rising mains.  If you believe that you have...

Australian mining towns reel from iron ore price dive

An article byJulian Lorkin on the BBC News, Australia, website describes the impact of the large decrease of the iron ore price on the smaller mining companies in Australia.  Here is an:...

Greek miners protest to keep open Eldorado gold mine

An article on the CBC Business News website reports on a protest by Greek miners after the Government revoked the mining license for a Canadian company ( Eldorado Gold) project at Skouries....

UNCTAD Commodities at a Glance Special Issue Rare Earths

The fifth in the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development's (UNCTAD) series entitled "Commodities at  a Glance" was published in 2014.  A copy has been upoalded into the...

The Use of Potentially Critical Materials in Passenger Cars

A University of Chalmers thesis by Klas Cullbrand and Olof Magnusson published in 2012 has been uploaded into the SoS MR document library . Here is the abstract:-  "High metal...

Resourcing Future Generations

In October 2014 the International Union of Geological Sciences published this White Paper. A copy has been uploaded into the SoS MRN document library. Here is part of the Summary: - ...

Bendy battery promises safe, speedy charging

An article on BBC News website comments on the development of a 'flexible' battery by scientists from America, China and Taiwan. Here is an extract from the BBC article: - "The...

Continuous underground mining of hard rock minerals

An industrial consortium led by Atlas Copco received recognition for their Call for Commitment from the European Innovation Partnerhsip for Raw Materials for their project: - Continuous...

AMW IBERS Wetland Biomass Demonstration in the Cairngorms

On the 26th and 27th March AMW, IBERS and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their new ...

International Minor Metals Conference April 2015

The Minor Metals Trade Associations (MMTA) annual event will be held towards the end of April in Toronto.  The event publicity indicates that it will cover the following areas: - ...

Energy Efficient House Designs and Developments

An article in the Washington Post (20/03/15 ) describes an example of sustainable house in California. Here is an extract from the article: - "The home is in the University of California...

SolarCity Launches Microgrid Service, Available Worldwide

An article on the SolarCity website provides information on the global availability of their Microgrid Service. Here is an extract: - "America’s #1 solar power provider, today unveiled...

Rio Tinto Excellence Centres

Rio Tinto will soon be opening its new Mining Excellence Centre (MEC) whic will complement the existing Processing Excellence Centre (PEC) and Analytics Excellence Centre (AEC). Here are...

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015

This report was commissioned by UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economic (DTIE) in cooperation with Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy...

SolarCity launches community microgrids with Tesla batteries

A recent article on the phys.org website highlights developments that could change power supply systems and impact on the demand for PV and battery materials. Here is an extract from the...

New process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

An article on the Phys.org website outlines a process for recycling rare earth metals from WEEE developed by the Critical Materials Institute. Here is an extract from the article: - ...

Two Mining Companies Surrender Mining Rights for National Park in Australia

Details of this development have recently been reported in the media.  Extracts from the BBC and Guardian websites are given below: -     BBC News "Mining giants Rio...

Review of Biohydrometallurgical Metals Extraction from Polymetallic Mineral Resources

An extract from the abstract of an Open Access pape r published by MDPI in their journal Minerals is reproduced below: - "This review has as its underlying premise the need to become...

Waste as a source of Gold

An article on the BBC news website discusses a presentation that gives a new take on the saying "where there is muck there is money".  Here is an extract: - "US researchers are...

Help to attend Ozwater, Adelaide, May 12-14th

UKTI has agreed to part-fund ten places at the Ozwater conference and tradeshow through its Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) grant scheme. The visit will be run in conjunction with British...

Summary of Projects Funded in Raw Materials Area SC5 of H2020 in 2014

A file providing outlines of the projects that were funded in the : - Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials of HORIZON 2020 has been uploaded into the Security...

News on Scotgold

An article on the BBC News website comments on the financial results in the latest 6 month report. Here is an extract with information on the development work at this project: - "Work...

Visible and Invisible CO2

An article by Roger Harrab in, BBC environmental analyst, on the BBC News website discusses a report from the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI ) at the University of Leeds. The...

Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including...

Green Alliance Report: UK resource governance for the 21st century

This report highlights the risks to businesses and analyses the pros and cons of six potential new institutional arrangements for the UK to address the problem of resource security, including...

Call for an Office for Resource Management

Representatives of the three main political parties spoke at an event at the House of Parliament last week - organised by the EEF, ICE and FoE. Here are links to reports on the event from...

Office for Resource Management bid launched in Parliament

A group of leading organisations in the manufacturing, infrastructure and environmental sectors yesterday launched a paper in Parliament, in conjunction with the All Party Sustainable...

Help navigating legal & regulatory hurdles to circular business models

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. ...

Help navigating legal & regulatory hurdles to circular business models

Is your company’s journey towards circular business models being hampered by legal or regulatory hurdles? If so, the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) would like to hear from you. ...

STYLE - Sustainability Toolkit for Easy Life-Cycle Eveluation

Project STYLE has three key objectives: To identify best practice in sustainability evaluation, across multiple sectors in the process industries and through value chains, via inventory and...

Funding available for industry-led collaborative research projects using biotechnology

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre ( IBioIC )  has recently opened its latest Exemplar Project Competition and is inviting applications from industrially-led...

Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme support to researchers and innovators

Since being established in 1997, the RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme has supported more than 180 researchers to develop and launch new businesses, with companies formed across a wide range of...

Managing the environment to improve human health & wellbeing

The Valuing Nature Programme is inviting interested parties to contribute to the shaping of its forthcoming Health & Wellbeing call - to be announced in May 2015 - by completing the an...

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that invites people around the world to...

KTN launch event: capturing value in coming revolutions

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held its launch event on 26 February in Westminster. Under the banner ‘The Future. Faster.’ over two hundred guests assembled from government, the civil...

Resource 2015 - KTN and Innovate UK

KTN and Innovate UK had a busy week at Resource & Ecobuild 2015.  Resource event boasts innovation, learning, solutions and collaboration for businesses looking to improve resource...

Circular Economy Business Models Competition - Workshop Presentations Available

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.   Innovate UK...

Nautilus Minerals Announces Commissioning of Auxiliary Cutter

An item on the Nautilus Minerals website reports that: - ".....the commissioning and Factory Acceptance Testing of its third and final Seafloor Production Tool ("SPT"), the Auxiliary...

Finland ranks first in global mining survey

An article, on the Invest Finland website , reports on the results of the Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining companies once again showing Finland to be an attractive location for mining...

Strengthening UK manufacturing supply chains

On the 26th February 2015 the Department of Business Innovation & Skills published this report which is described as: - "An action plan for government and industry" Here is an...

Silver Infographic

The website of the Infographic experts - Visual Capitalist - has just published the s econd of its series of four infographics on this fascinating element.  According to the Visual...

German Research Project on Rare Earth Motors

The Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies Project Group at the Fraunhofer ISC is running a 9€ million programme (2013-2017) known as the Lighthouse Project . "The research team...

First DemoWind call opens 25th of February 2015

DemoWind  is the Offshore Wind European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.  DemoWind  brings together...

New document by the KTN: Whole-Life Performance: what does it mean in the building sector?

Whole-life performance is increasingly talked about within the building sector. But what is it and why is it important?   A new document titled  “Building Whole-Life...

SEED Awards 2015 for Social and Environmental Enterprises in Countries with Developing and Emerging Economies

The SEED Awards 2015 invites applications from social and environmental enterprises that contribute to sustainable development.. This year SEED Initiative will make available up to 31 SEED...

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research

NERC invites proposals for the first round of highlight topics, a new route for funding strategic research. Highlight topics focus strategic research on defined topic areas, and will be...

Call now open for Knowledge Exchange Fellowship opportunities

KE Fellowships focus on accelerating and amplifying economic impact and improvements in quality of life from NERC-funded research, by working with business, NGOs or government bodies. KE...

Mining Companies Can Help Turn On the Lights across Sub-Saharan Africa, Says World Bank

An article on the World Bank website comments on a recent study: - "Mining companies can play a key role in harnessing Africa’s abundant clean sources of energy to overcome the lack of...

AMRC and Boeing Win EU Research Funding

An articlce on the MRO Network website reports that: - "The University of Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing research centre (AMRC) with Boeing has won £6m ($9m) of EU funding to develop...

Uranium - BBC Radio Programme Elements

A new series of the BBC World Service Radio programme 'Elements' has begun.  Four new programmes are scheduled the first is on Uranium. Here is an outline of the programme from the BBC...

UK Government Response to BIS Select Committee Report on Extractive Industries

The UK Government reponse to the BIS Select Committee report on the Extractive Indutries is now available via this hyperlink (it has also been uploaded into the Document Library). The...

Supporting Climate Change Research

NERC has recently received details of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science which will be awarding $5million in grants for research programmes into rain enhancement.  The...

Olympian launches L'Oreal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships for Women in Science at the Royal Society

Olympic silver medallist Dr Alison Mowbray inspires audience of eminent scientists at The Royal Society. An Olympic rowing silver medallist took centre stage at The Royal Society on the 22...

Throwaway Society

This episode of the BBC World Sevice Radio programme Discovery looks at how to address the waste associated with the practise of discarding equipment that may be repairable. Here is the...

Humberstone A Chilean ghost town's English past

An article on the BBC News website , by Gideon Long, contains a map of the location and images from this site of what once was a major saltpetre mining and proceeing location. An extract is...

Supply Chain for Gold

In an episode of the BBC documentary - The Bottom Line - Evan Davies discusses the supply chain for gold with representatives from organisations that finance, mine and process gold (Sandstorm...

Understanding How Materials Work

The KTN is pleased to invite you to the event:  Understanding How Materials Work. It  is taking place on 24 February 2015 at the Hilton Coventry . This event, organised...

Newton Fund: building science and innovation capacity in developing countries

The Newton Fund is part of the UK’s official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of developing...

Birmingham BioPower:

The Business Minister Matthew Hancock MP, announced £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a new fund targeting smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects...

Birmingham BioPower

The Business Minister Matthew Hancock MP, announced £50m investment from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) in a new fund targeting smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects...

EU survey on Earth observation in a global context

Have your say on how to make the most out of Earth observation! The Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and landscapes are changing rapidly, with human activities being a major driver. Monitoring...

Centre for Evaluating Complexity across the Energy-Environment-Food Nexus

To address the challenges associated with evaluating complexity, ESRC, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the...

Creating smart products from smart materials

   The Knowledge Transfer Network is supporting Innovate UK’s smart materials competition by running a series of consortia building events on and around the time that the call...

When did planet Earth become Planet Oil?

The BBC News website gives information on a three part TV series on 'Planet Oil' on BBC 2 Scotland on Tuesday 10th February 2015 presented by Professor Iain Stewart (Plymouth University). ...

Talking Trash: Recycling a Wasteful World

An interesting debate on managing waste was broadcast on the BBC World Service Radio Programme - In the Balance. Here is the description of the programme from the BBC World Sevice website: -...

Defra reports on the value of the waste sector

Defra’s recent report published in February 2015, Resource management: a catalyst for growth and productivity  demonstrates that the waste sector added £6.8 bn in gross value to the...

H2020 Reminder GROWING A LOW CARBON, RESOURCE EFFICIENT ECONOMY WITH A SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY OF RAW MATERIALS

This is a reminder that the the deadline for the current H2020 call in the Raw Materials area is 21st April 2015. Details of the call areas is available from this weblink ...

EU Website for Raw materials, metals, minerals and forest-based industries

It has now been recognised that it is important to recognise the complexity of the raw materials supply chains and that these are vital for the European manufacturing industries.   ...

Waste not, want not - making money from rubbish

In an article on the BBC News website Emily Young reports n an interview with Tom Szky, Chief executitve of the social enterprise TerraCycle.  An extract is given below: - "In 13...

AB Systems Wetland biomass demonstration in Somerset

On the 4th February AB Systems (UK) Ltd and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their...

Cleaner, more efficient conventional fuels funding call

Innovate UK is to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D and  feasibility studies  to stimulate innovation in the extraction and use of conventional fossil...

Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst Funding Round 3

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

Innovation Vouchers - Round 11

Up to £5k funding for for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. An Innovation Voucher can help...

Smart – the grant for SME innovation round 6 is now open

Smart round 6 will close on  Thursday, 26 March 2015 at noon .   Smart is a grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D...

Professor Tetsuya Nagasaka, Tohoku University, lecture on metal recycling, Industrial Ecology, Mass/Substance Flow Analysis and economics

In December, Sustainable Development Group of the Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining and the Knowledge Transfer Network hosted Prof Nagasaka lecture at the IOM3, where he presented...

SMD Assembles Nautilus’ Collecting Machine

An article on the Subsea World News website describes the completion of another of the unts that SMD was commissioned to build for Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. Here is...

Expressions of Interest to bid into the £10M call for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing

EPSRC  would like to invite Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the...

Alan Turing Institute is seeking to appoint a Chair

The Alan Turing Institute places the UK at the forefront of world-wide research in data science and its exploitation. It generates new algorithms and techniques, and works with academia,...

Design Innovation for the Circular Economy report is now available

This KTN project examined how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life.    The concept of design for disassembly...

£25 million funding for green transport fuel plants

Production facilities will convert waste into biofuels.   The UK green fuels industry took a step forward with the launch of a £25 million competition to build advanced biofuel...

Essay collection: Building Better - Recommendations for a more sustainable UK construction sector

The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) has compiled a collection of expert essays on the topic of ‘sustainable construction’ contributed to by industry, policy-makers, and specialists...

UK Science Landscape - a request for input from KTN members

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is looking at the UK Science Landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and...

Call for papers focused on sustainable innovation and design

Sustainable Innovation 2015 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on the “state of the art” of sustainable innovation and design. Papers should cover sustainability,...

Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste – Presentations and Recording Now Available

Waste is a hot topic – 170 people registered to attend the Innovate UK and KTN Information and Brokerage Event for the Innovate UK and EPSRC Recovering Valuable Materials from Waste...

Integrated supply chains for energy systems

Up to £9.5m is being invested in innovations that will address the need for a diverse mix of energy sources and systems over the next three decades and beyond.  The aim of this...

Strengthening KTN’s identity

Just under a year ago the decision was made to bring 14 Knowledge Transfer Networks into a single, unified organisation.     Our ambition was simple: to create a Knowledge...

Recovering Phosphorus and Priority Substances from Water Environment - £800K SBRI funding available

Highlands and Islands Enterprise , one of Scotland's two enterprise agencies, supported by  Innovate UK  are launching a new £800K (inc VAT) competition to develop new and...

Funding available for India-UK collaborative industrial R&D

Innovate UK supports R&D projects involving Indian and UK businesses - leading to economic growth and benefits to society. Funding is available to help UK and Indian businesses work...

Innovate and grow your organisation with China through R&D

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme-Driving UK Business Growth through International Innovation The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme, provides UK companies with a significant...

H2020 Call for ideas on Challenge 5 pilots - workshop outcomes

OUTCOMES of H2020 DIALOGUE with EUROPE: CLIMATE ACTION, ENVIRONMENT, RESOURCE EFFICIENCY and RAW MATERIALS 2016/2017 Workprogramme, London 26 th  of January.   A...

Launch of the Circular Business Advantage - 17th February 2015

Learn how you can use new business models, based on the Circular Economy, to reduce costs and drive innovation and growth. The event is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund...

Natural Synergies Wetland biomass demonstration in Somerset

On the 29th January Natural Synergies and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network and RSPB hosted a demonstration of their new ...

Azotic Technologies Win Rushlight Awards 2014-15

Eventure Media presented the Rushlight Awards for the 8th year at a lively Awards Party  on 29th January at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London....
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We're gearing up for RESOURCE 2015

Visit the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK at RESOURCE 2015 . To...

Call for Papers - ADBA R&D Forum

Deadline for submission is 12 January 2015    ADBA R&D Forum i n...

Innovate UK Circular Economy: Business Models Competition

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for...

Getting value from the circular economy – understanding your business' value networks

As part of the Ellen MacArthur Disruptive Innovation Festival, Forum for the Future and KTN...

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