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

New £3.7m sustainable aviation test centre planned for Orkney

Different types of low carbon aircraft, including electric, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels, will be tested

Robots to dismantle nuclear power stations

The £12 million-project will see long-reach robotic arms deliver faster and safer decommissioning of reactors in Japan and the UK

New £20m UK investment to tackle plastic waste in developing nations

UK Research and Innovation is supporting partnerships with researchers across 11 countries: China, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Peru, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam

Five new circular economy centres backed with £22.5m government funding

They will explore how reusing waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemical and metal industries could deliver environmental benefits

Four next-gen plastic recycling facilities secure £20m

UK Research and Innovation says it is investing in ‘cutting edge’ facilities that are expected to increase the available recycling capacity and expand the range of plastics being recycled

Got an idea to tackle air pollution in the UK?

Proposals are being sought to address issues related to changing emissions and exposure patterns and health impacts on groups of people most at risk