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Technology and Innovation Political Roundup - 23 November


The investment will enable the UK’s most ambitious scientists and researchers to continue progressing environmental research missions at altitudes of up to 10 kilometres on board the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) Airborne Laboratory, based in the UK. This includes collecting data on emission and pollution levels from remote locations around the world, such as above the North Sea and volcanoes in Iceland.

SpaceX launch for ocean mapping satellite – Press release


A government-backed satellite that will allow UK scientists to measure sea level rise is set to launch on a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg, California. The Sentinel-6 satellite, which is the size of a small 4x4 car and will orbit around Earth 830 miles above our planet, will collect data that is indispensable for ocean and weather forecasts and climate understanding. Read more.


· Space hubs in seven locations across England plus support for projects in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Read more.

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars to end in the UK by 2030 – Press release


Between 2030 and 2035, new cars and vans can be sold if they have the capability to drive a significant distance with zero emissions (for example, plug-in hybrids or full hybrids), and this will be defined through consultation. The move is underpinned by over £1.8 billion to support greater uptake of zero emission vehicles for greener car journeys. New measures include more chargepoints to build on our world-class infrastructure network, alongside innovation for new clean technologies. Part of today’s announcement is £1.3 billion to accelerate the roll-out of chargepoints for electric vehicles in homes, streets across the UK and on motorways across England. Full press release.

Ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution

Building back better, supporting green jobs, and accelerating the path to net zero. Read the policy paper or learn more about Green Scies fifth generation energy networks in towns.

Continuing to invest in R&D and innovation – Innovate UK blog

A look at barriers to investment in the current climate and how businesses can benefit from government support through continuity innovation loans. Read more. See also Innovation continuity loans – what are they and how to apply.

Advanced Nuclear Technologies (previously Small Modular Reactors)

The advanced nuclear sector has the potential to play an important part in the UK’s Industrial Strategy building on our existing economic strengths and competitive advantages in nuclear whilst shaping new advanced nuclear markets and contributing to tackling the Clean Growth Grand Challenge.

Westminster Hall debate taking place on Tuesday 24 November 2020 on recognising and preserving the value of charity-funded medical research in the 2020 Spending Review.

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