Finance · 25 October 2018

Government turns to green entrepreneurs to help save the environment

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The research programmes will range from mathematics and biology to climate science and technology development

Green boffins are being urged by the government to come up with new ideas to help save the environment, as part of a new £60m initiative.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced 4 new research programmes aimed at boosting the UK’s defence against the effects of climate change on towns, cities and the countryside as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.

As part of the £60m funded programme innovators and researchers will be asked to pitch their ideas to tackle climate change, develop digital environments, promote clean air and investigate how to use the land to boost health.

“Companies are capitalising on the UK’s world-leading position in the greener economy as we transition to a greener, cleaner economy and is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time. The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change, cutting our emissions more than 40% since 1990 while growing our economy,” Clark said.

“When you combine Britain’s leadership, innovation and determination it is an unbeatable combination.”

UK Research and Innovation chief executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport, added: “The recent IPCC report is a timely reminder of the challenges we face in tackling climate change. Storm Callum has highlighted the impact that extreme weather events can have on our communities. It is vital that new technologies are developed to support a move to a low carbon economy.”

The programmes, administered by UKRI, will, the government said, bring together a broad range of research disciplines, ranging from mathematics and biology to climate science and technology development.

It aims to produce better data on climate risks to the UK, build a digital picture of the natural environment for greater monitoring and analysis of the impact of climate change and cut air pollution and protect vulnerable groups from its effects.

Competitions for the programmes will open in the coming weeks.

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