At today’s COP26 Science and Innovation Day the UK Government aims to commit to newly announced initiatives centred around accelerating innovation and low carbon transitions in industry and cities.
Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Govt, will focus on the importance of science and innovation when it comes to reaching Paris Agreement goals.
One such initiative to be launched today is the Adaptation Research Alliance (ARA), a network of more than 90 organisations across 30 economies coming together to increase the resilience of climate change-vulnerable communities.
The development of clean technologies for cities, industry, carbon dioxide (CO2) removal, and the production of renewable fuels and materials will also be accelerated with the formation of Mission Innovation’s four new ‘innovation missions’.
Announcing a further £48m to be invested into the Climate Adaptation and Resilience research programme (CLARE), the Government plan to put ARA’s work into practice by utilising its total UK aid funding to £100m.
The Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative (IDDI) will see the UK, India, Germany, Canada and UAE collaborating to create new markets for low carbon steel and concrete. Through the scheme, members have committed to achieving net zero in major public construction steel and concrete by 2050.
Stating that ‘the facts are clear’ and that warming must be limited to 1.5C, Vallance emphasised the importance of ensuring sensible investment and policy change/creation, saying, “Investment in research and development will deliver new clean technologies, while policies to create markets will ensure they are deployed.”
“Through research and innovation, we will adjust essential systems and ensure continued safety, security and prosperity.”
Other projects to be announced include a new global partnership that aims to bring together international scientific expertise to develop solutions to key challenges blocking the path to a net zero future.