UK opens new £105m advanced materials research and innovation hub

The Henry Royce Institute Hub building hosts state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for sustainable materials, metals processing, digital fabrication and biomedical materials research

From lab to market: Next-gen UK science leaders set for £113m boost

Projects supported include autonomous four-legged robots given the ability to navigate through difficult terrain, including in construction and agriculture, as well as during natural disasters and measuring and mapping the origins of and reducing methane emissions

Quantum camera to ‘dramatically’ cut methane emissions in oil and gas industry

Developed by University of Bristol spinout QLM Technology, the camera can continuously detect, quantify and model the development of leaks and notify plant operators immediately when gas escapes

Scotland launches hybrid-electric flights

The hybrid-electric aircraft aims to offer a viable solution for regional carriers to support their decarbonisation efforts

Fresh £1m funding to boost equality and diversity in the energy research community

Teams must have experience of researching energy as part of engineering or the physical, geological, biological and social sciences as well as equality, diversity and inclusion in an applied context

Major £30m national circular economy research programme launches

It aims to deliver environmental and economic benefits by helping industry and society to use fewer resources and reuse and recover products and materials instead of disposing of them after use

New competition offers £7m for sustainable plastic packaging

It is seeking ‘ambitious and bold’ projects that focus on solving well-known issues with the sustainability of plastic packaging, with the aim of driving a shift towards a circular economy solution

New £30m large-scale UK trial to remove greenhouse gases begins

One of the projects will investigate the management of peatlands to maximise their removal of greenhouse gas emissions

Royal Mail starts trial of drone deliveries to explore ways to slash emissions

Drones are initially to be used to deliver PPE, Covid testing kits and mail to the Isles of Scilly

New national circular economy research hub to be based at University of Exeter

It forms part of a £30m programme to move the UK towards a circular economy, in which waste products and materials are reused, repaired or recycled to extend their lifecycle