Achieving Net Zero

Our world-leading expertise and capabilities are crucial to achieving net zero.

2019 delivered a landmark commitment from the UK government to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. National emissions have been steadily reducing for three decades, but serious effort is required to meet the net zero target. This will require rethinking the way we travel, the way we generate electricity, the way we heat our buildings and the way we use resources. Manufacturing is a key area where that transformation can happen. By innovating the essential products that people use and the processes that create them, the HVM Catapult is in the vanguard of our national (and global) emission reduction journey.

The future of transport

We are designing the future of transport, with projects that redefine road, rail, sea and air travel and solutions that minimise the need for those journeys.

SWARM like automated bees

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Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) will make travel safer, cheaper and more sustainable, as well as increasing access for the elderly and disabled. To realise this potential, vehicles will need to effectively communicate with each other. Read more.

<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/electrifying-travel-for-road-and-sky/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Electrifying travel for road and sky</a>

Electrifying travel for road and sky

Electrification is a growing priority with both industry and Government recognising not only the commercial opportunities, but the environmental benefits too. A leader in automotive electrification, WMG is helping to transfer their knowledge to other sectors, for cleaner, safer travel.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/rail-innovation/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Rail innovation on track for success</a>

Rail innovation on track for success

Very Light Rail (VLR) is a gamechanger for UK rail travel, with lightweight, energy efficient rail vehicles and low-cost infrastructure opening up the potential for reusing disused branch lines and establishing new urban tram systems across the country.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/the-factory-in-a-box/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">The Factory in a Box</a>

The Factory in a Box

One way to minimise the need to travel is to reduce the number of people needed on-site. Developed by the MTC and a team of academic and industrial partners, the ‘Factory in  Box’ could do just that.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/lightweight-materials-for-tomorrows-vehicles/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Lightweight materials for tomorrow's vehicles</a>

Lightweight materials for tomorrow's vehicles

High performance electric vehicles need to have increased battery capacity while maintaining safety standards and without adding weight. To accommodate and protect these batteries, casings are a critical safety feature that need to withstand extremes of heat without impacting the performance of the vehicle.

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Reducing Waste

We are rethinking the world's relationship with waste, creating products and processes with the need to reuse, recycle or remanufacture in mind, and reducing the need for resources extraction whilst maximising its use. 
<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/creating-sustainable-products-from-waste/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Creating sustainable products from waste</a>

Creating sustainable products from waste

Almost 15 million tonnes of waste is sent to landfill each year in the UK. It is essential to reduce this as far as possible to minimise the environmental impact. CPI supported the technology company Fiberight to improve and scale up their process for separating, cleaning and processing organic and plastic parts of mixed waste.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/transforming-recycling-and-reuse-of-composites/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Transforming recycling and reuse of composites</a>

Transforming recycling and reuse of composites

One of the strengths of composite is that they are incredibly robust, but that can make reuse or recycling more challenging. A revolutionary new technology developed by the NCC and Oxford Brookes University means composite structures can now be disbonded quickly and cheaply using a simple heat source.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/remanufacturing-sustainable-die-sector/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Remanufacturing set to make tool and die sector green </a>

Remanufacturing set to make tool and die sector green 

With the process to forge new dies both energy intensive and expensive, any increase in the lifespan of a die reduces environmental impact and saves company money. In collaboration with six other companies, the AFRC created a low-cost remanufacturing solution for the tool and die sector, successfully increasing the lifespan of a die by 120%.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/reduction-construction-waste/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">SEISMIC reduction in construction waste</a>

SEISMIC reduction in construction waste

In Britain, around 100 new and replacement primary schools are needed every year. As part of a pioneering consortium, the MTC worked with construction industry leads to transform the way primary school projects are designed and constructed.

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The future of energy

We are pushing the limits of energy production and use, with ground-breaking contributions to renewable and nuclear energy and heating, whilst laying the groundwork for nuclear fusion technology. 
<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/small-modular-reactors/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Small Modular Reactors</a>

Small Modular Reactors

Nuclear technologies are a vital part of the global move to low-carbon power generation. The Nuclear AMRC is working to develop Small Modular Reactor (SMRs) which dramatically reduce both cost and lead times for nuclear new build.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/sustainable-heating/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Sustainable heating for all </a>

Sustainable heating for all

For the Government’s ambitious net zero plans to be possible by 2050, businesses need cost-effective solutions to eliminate their reliance on gas and oil for heating and cooling. WMG supported Arriba Technologies Ltd to develop a solar-powered heat pump product for large buildings including hospital, factories, schools and supermarkets.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/fair-winds-for-green-energy/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Fair winds for green energy</a>

Fair winds for green energy

Offshore wind is a powerful source of renewable energy but the industry is always seeking new ways to make it even more efficient and affordable. In collaboration with a growing Scottish business, a number of our HVM Catapult Centres have been developing a new, lighter composite turbine blade that can generate more energy from a turbine.

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<a href="https://hvm.catapult.org.uk/annual-review/ready-to-lead-in-fusion-power/" style="line-height: 1.24; text-decoration:none; color: #17427f; font-size: 21px; font-weight: bold">Ready to lead in fusion power </a>

Ready to lead in fusion power

Nuclear fusion is coming to the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, home of the AMRC and Nuclear AMRC . Drawn by the expertise of our Nuclear AMRC, the UK Atomic Energy Agency’s new fusion materials research facility will bring 40-skilled jobs to the cluster.

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