Last month, as the fashion spotlight returned to London for another London Fashion Week (LFW), there was a strong focus on positive, sustainable fashion. During a visit to the sustainability exhibitions at LFW, we saw many inspiring examples of designers who are innovating to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry. In some cases, this is through the recycling or upcycling of waste materials whilst in other cases, it is through the development of new, more sustainable and biodegradable materials. Either way, the fashion world is turning to science and nature to find solutions.
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 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.
The 25th and 26th of June saw offshore wind experts from around the world arrive in the UK for the 2019 Global Offshore Wind event. It was packed with professionals giving fascinating talks on a wide variety of topics, as well as holding expert panels and debates.
We previously reported on how technology which aims to end plastic pollution could be protected with patents and how a genetically modified enzyme capable of breaking down plastic is the subject of a patent application. While technology to improve how our plastic waste is managed is clearly important it only represents part of the story. What if we didn’t need to use the plastic in the first place? All over the world, innovators are working to end our penchant for polymers.
Currently, Singapore is the only country to have a fast track patent application process specifically directed to Artificial Intelligence