New programme to help tech companies aid net-zero transition

Tech Nation has launched a new programme to support tech companies who are committed to helping the UK transition to a net-zero economy by 2050. 

The programme which launched today (June 10) is government-backed and is open to all companies who help to reduce global emissions either directly or indirectly.

The programme has been designed to tackle the specific challenges faced by tech companies operating in this space. It will create a peer-to-peer network of companies, and group sessions will be led by successful tech entrepreneurs.

Tech Nation has highlighted that the programme is launching at a crucial time, with existing and new technologies likely to be essential in aiding a green recovery from Covid-19.

Digital minister, Caroline Dinenage said: ‘The UK is at the forefront of the cleantech revolution and we are committed to making sure the sector has the right conditions to grow and help us achieve our climate change goals.

‘I know how dynamic and effective our tech firms can be at tackling global challenges. So I encourage any entrepreneur with a vision for a greener world to apply and help to build a cleaner and more sustainable future.’

Gerard Grech, chief executive of Tech Nation added: ‘Climate change should not be tackled by international governments alone.

‘Technology and entrepreneurship have a huge role to play in dealing with such a global environmental issue. The green tech sector has grown substantially and is well-positioned to take on this challenge, making a significant difference to our future.

‘We want to ensure UK tech companies have the tools to be able to drive and scale this innovation, helping the UK meet its net-zero targets by 2050 or sooner.’

In related news, earlier this year researchers from the University of Lancaster outlined that new technologies such as nuclear fusion or carbon capture will not ‘save’ us from climate change.

Their research published in Nature Climate Change calls for an end to a ‘longstanding cycle of technological promises’ and changing climate change targets. Instead, it suggests we should focus on cultural, social and political transformation to tackle the crisis.

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