City Science secures funding from Innovate UK to Decarbonise Portsmouth City Island

31 March 2023

We’re delighted to announce that City Science has won a place in Phase 1 of Innovate UK’s Net Zero Living - Pioneer Places competition with the project ‘Decarbonising Portsmouth City Island’.

The Net Zero Living competition is supporting 31 local authority places to develop programmes to accelerate their transition to Net Zero. This will be achieved by developing innovative solutions to overcome non-technical barriers to Net Zero delivery.

For the ‘Decarbonising Portsmouth City Island’ project, a whole-system view of Portsmouth as a "City Island" will be taken. The project will address challenges including enhancing coordination between key actors, sectors, communities and the DNO, strengthening Influence through policy and regulation while innovating in finance and behaviour change; working collaboratively with the Port, Navy and shipping sector and wider anchor institutions including the NHS, University, Tourism sector and wider regional authorities to support decarbonisation.

City Science will work with project partners to deliver the innovation necessary to accelerate Portsmouth’s route to Net Zero by establishing a new dynamic collaboration approach to accelerate the delivery of critical infrastructure.

Project partners include Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth. Bethany Taylor, City Science R&D Programme Manager, comments:

"City Science are thrilled to have secured funding for this Phase 1 project in the Net Zero Living – Pioneer Places competition.

“We’re looking forward to working with Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth to address the barriers of external influence, funding, and behaviour change that will help to encourage people to take action to reduce their carbon footprint.

“We believe that this project has the potential to make a significant impact on the UK's Net Zero ambitions and we’re very excited to get started and work with our partners to make this project a success."

After the initial studies are completed later in the year, a selection of projects will be chosen by Innovate UK for up to £8m further investment to accelerate the net zero ambitions.

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