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1 Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network Overview

2 2 What are Knowledge Transfer Networks? Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... K A Knowledge Transfer Network or KTN is a group of individuals that have a shared interest in an area of emerging technology T A way to stimulate innovation in the UK’s key technology sectors by promoting collaboration, best practice and knowledge sharing N A means of efficiently using the support mechanisms already available S A way of linking many different organisations, each playing a part in delivering the objectives

3  Hosted by Oxford University and delivered in partnership with C-Tech Innovation Ltd  Started in July 2009 with initial funding for 3 years  Is supported by a generic knowledge transfer and management platform accessed through a web-portal  It is a Technology Strategy Board funded programme providing support to UK business to accelerate innovation  Merged from the Environmental KTN and the Resource Efficiency KTN 3 What is the Environmental Sustainability KTN? Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

4 4 “The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network is accelerating the UK’s transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting businesses, universities, other research organisations and Government agencies, and catalysing innovation across a wide range of environmental technologies.” Mission Statement of the ESKTN Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

5 5 The Team Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... Staff at University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences and C-Tech Innovation Ltd. in Chester Management Board is chaired by Colin Drummond, Chief Executive of Viridor Network Director Carolyn Roberts, and Deputy Directors David Gardner, Perry Guess Knowledge Transfer Managers and Project Managers Network, Web-Portal and Marketing Third party organisations providing direct support to projects and businesses

6 6 Over the next three years, the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network will be focussing most of its effort on four main environmental sector subdivisions. Within those sub-divisions, fifteen Key Priority Areas have been indentified that offer the greatest potential for British businesses to develop innovative and environmentally sustainable products and services. Click on a KPA ‘bubble’ to read a Case Study. Key Priority Areas Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

7 7 Interactive Web Portal e-newlsetters, e- bulletins and e-alerts available Latest news articles and events listings Interactive forum between Members and the KTN team Resources available to download including publications, business cases and strategic reports Search tool for rapid links to articles Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

8 8 Membership Benefits: Why join the ES KTN? Effective and proactive networking Relevant and timely information and news Accelerated access to funding and support Opportunities to inform national and international policy regulation and strategy Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

9 Knowledge Transfer Network Members are individuals from business, research or Government organisations who develop and exploit technology for the UK’s economic benefit. Arnold Black For FREE Membership of the Environmental Sustainability KTN, Contact us:  By Telephone:  By  By Registering via our Web Portal:www.innovateuk.org/sustainabilityktn 9 Who should join and how? Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

10 10 Finally... Talk to the team Register with the Network Use the web-portal Transfer knowledge Collaborate and network Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer...

11 11 Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... CASE STUDY – Energy from Waste Back Making the most of technology In Sheffield, the Environmental Sustainability KTN ran an Energy from Waste Technology Showcase event for interested members of the community from academics to local authorities. The aim was to provide a platform for effective knowledge transfer, while demonstrating and promoting good practice in energy from waste technologies. Working in partnership with site operator, Veolia, and Sheffield University Waste Incineration Centre (SUWIC) was key to the success of the day. It provided a great opportunity for delegates to visit and learn about the Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Sheffield and to gain an understanding of the science behind the technology which generates electricity for the National Grid and heat for the city’s award-winning District Energy Network. Sheffield’s District Energy Network is the largest and most successful in the UK. It was established in 1988 and is still expanding. Turning waste into energy is a win-win situation for site operators – good for business, the environment and public image.

12 12 CASE STUDY – Energy Efficient Water Benefitting from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships With the help of the KTN, United Utilities identified that a KTP could help its businesses to develop and grow by accessing the wealth of knowledge and expertise in the UK’s universities, colleges and research organisations. This link would provide United Utilities with an opportunity to break into new technologies and markets, new processes and production methodologies. The KTP process can give companies access to high calibre graduate associates and their knowledge-base supervisors which can inject fresh ideas straight into the business. Many associates end up working in the business their project is with. A wastewater treatment business has been one of the beneficiaries of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... Back

13 13 Promoting a sustainable future through innovation and knowledge transfer... CASE STUDY – In-Situ Land Remediation Back Soil mix remediation technology Project SMiRT is the largest of the ten projects that received funding from the Technology Strategy Board under its Autumn 2005 Contaminated Land Remediation Technologies Collaborative Research and Development funding competition. The £1.24M project aims to develop, advance, validate and increase the uptake of soil mixing technology (SMT) in the remediation of contaminated land in the UK. SMT involves the use of a range of different mixing tools and additives to construct various ISLR options, such as permeable reactive in-ground barriers, low-permeability containment walls, and stabilisation/solidification of “hot-spot” contaminated soils. SMT can also be used for non-remediation applications such as to improve the engineering strength of soft soils. Outputs and findings of the project will also be disseminated to the contaminated land and waste management communities with the support of the Environmental Sustainability KTN and CL:AIRE. By treating soils ‘in-situ’, significant cost and carbon savings can be made by reducing the volume of contaminated soils disposed to landfill.


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