This summer, Theresa May set down in UK law a legal commitment for the UK to be at net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. It may seem like a lifetime away to some, but a significant overhaul of a wide range of sectors will be required in order to meet this target – here we will consider one of the major carbon contributors – the transport sector.
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Demand for renewable energy has increased year by year.This growth is particularly due to the increased demand in bioenergy such as plant mass for electricity generation. Since bioenergy sources can be transported, the UK imports much of its biomass for energy generation. Therefore the distribution of renewable fuel use in the UK sees a majority coming from Bioenergy.
There are different innovations that are tackling the huge problem of plastic pollution. As a result of increased awareness of this problem, many of us are making changes to our lifestyle, for example, to reduce our reliance on single use plastic items such as straws, bags and bottles. But there is one particular form of plastic pollution that seems to have attracted relatively little attention so far – microfibres.
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have jointly published a report examining the relationship between IP activity and the growth prospects of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
At the European Patent Office, protection can be sought for antibodies in a number of ways. This article provides a brief review of how antibodies can be characterised, and when a particular characterisation may be appropriate.
The majority of “clean tech” innovations of recent years have focussed on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or producing carbon neutral energy. Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) technologies relate to methods of removing CO2 from the atmosphere permanently, by returning captured CO2 to the geosphere. Innovation in CDR technologies, and therefore patent applications relating to this technology, are set to rapidly increase.
The UK IPO recently undertook a Worldwide review of Artificial Intelligence patents, focussing specifically on patenting by the UK AI Sector. We give a summary of the main take-away points.
The Grantham Institute has released an interesting report highlighting 18 priority technological innovations with significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This report reveals that urgent research and development in particular areas will be needed if we are to have a chance of avoiding a climate breakdown.