SmarterUK April Newsletter

Energy UK launched the Future of Energy Report on 24 April,  which is the culmination of a year of engagement and policy development looking at the energy system in a decade’s time and how to create a low carbon energy system that customers see as fair and which delivers excellent service, choice and value for money to homes and businesses. A summary of the report can be found here

We have submitted a response to the National Infrastructure Commission consultation on the Future of Regulation. Please find our response here.  

Britain’s rail companies are proposing a radical alternative to the current franchising system that would better join up the railway, improve accountability for passengers and result in easier, better value fares for all. The Rail Delivery Group proposals would replace the current franchising system with public service contracts that could see TfL-style networks on some mass-commuter routes, more choice and competition for passengers on some long-distance routes, and services running on other routes with tough outcome-based targets and incentives.  

The State of the Connected Home – Edition III 

For a third year in a row we are launching the State of the Connected Home Report on 26 June. In conjunction we will be holding a campaign week on the Connected Home from 19 June until 26 June and we will be running a demonstration exhibition. For enquiries and calls for expression please contact Rachel Holmes.  

Energy & Utilities 


Carbon capture usage and storage: third time lucky?

Experts and policymakers agree that carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) will be necessary to meet the UK’s existing climate change targets at least cost, and that the country could not credibly adopt a ‘net zero’ target, in line with the aspirations of the Paris Agreement, without the technology. The UK is considered to have one of the most favourable environments globally for CCUS, but the technology has suffered from 15 years of turbulent policy support, including the cancellation of two major competitions at a late stage. No commercial-scale plant has yet been constructed in the UK. For more information please click here.

The transition to electric vehicles is unstoppable - only the pace of change remains uncertain

Climate Change and air quality concerns are catalysing a global transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs). Indeed, many governments around the world have committed to phase out the sale of internal combustion engine cars in support of this, and most large manufacturers are now offering an EV solution with some committing to go all-electric. For more information please click here.

FlexLondon Survey

The goal for FlexLondon is to put London on a path to 1 GW of flexibility by 2050, by enabling a city-scale demonstration today of the opportunities and barriers to reaching that goal. This is about commercialisation today and where barriers exist, market re-design in an urgent timeframe. For more information and to complete the survey please click here.

The human reality for smart home technologies — control, understanding and support

It’s an exciting time to work in the energy industry. Decarbonisation, decentralisation, and digitalisation are driving changes in the market, challenging how people might experience energy in the future. For more information please click here.

Climate Change Minister questioned on energy efficiency

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee examines the Government’s overall approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings and whether it is showing enough ambition in encouraging homeowners, businesses and landlords to upgrade. For more information please click here.

Rethinking Decarbonisation Incentives

Rethinking Decarbonisation Incentives (RDI) is exploring how UK policies can promote clean growth by taking a ‘whole systems’ perspective on carbon policy. Through the project, Energy Systems Catapult aims to promote broader strategic debate about how the UK could improve carbon policy to stimulate innovation and clean growth. For more information please click here.

The EIC Listening Project

In the episode of the EIC’s Listening Project Liam Bolton talks to Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Networks and Akshay Kaul Director of Systems and Networks at Ofgem. For more information and to listen to the podasts please click here.

Greta Thunberg tells UK leaders ‘You did not act in time’

Greta Thunberg visited Parliament today to meet with British MPs to discuss the climate crisis. After meeting with MPs, Greta addressed a group of people to warn of the consequences of the climate crisis.  In the speech, the Swedish activist told the UK leaders 'you did not act in time.’ For more information please click here.

Making a successful R&D Tax Credits Claim - Top Tips 2

In R&D Tax Credit terms, the definition of a ‘Successful’ claim is one that is both optimised and compliant. Just ‘winging it’ with a claim is a bit like driving a car with no insurance – not a problem till you have an accident (or in this case a HMRC enquiry which may well cause you to have an accident!) For more information please click here.


Eureka Global Innovation Summit 

Innovate UK is delighted to be hosting the EUREKA Global Innovation Summit in Summer 2019 in Manchester. This event is the only global meeting place for businesses and innovation agencies to network, learn about global government funding initiatives and secure future business opportunities – all under the trusted banner of the EUREKA Network. For more information and to register please click here.

Prospering from the energy revolution

An overview of government’s challenge to industry and research to create more efficient energy systems and benefit the UK economy from the global uptake. For more information and to register please click here.

ISCF detailed designs for smart, local energy systems, London

As part of the Industrial Strategy the Government will invest in the “Prospering from the Energy Revolution” Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) to make the UK a global centre for integrated energy systems that deliver cleaner and cheaper energy. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), in collaboration with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), would like to invite you to attend a briefing event on the 30 April in London to hear about the new funding competition Detailed designs for smart, local energy systems and how you can get involved. For more information and to register please click here.

Smart energy systems: apply for funding

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop designs for smart local energy systems that make the best use of innovative technologies including cheaper renewables, energy storage, low carbon heat and digital infrastructure. For more information and to register please click here.



Meet the virtual eyes mapping the UK's roads for driverless cars

Half a million pounds worth of technology is being driven around the UK to make a precise 3D map for self driving cars. Two lasers, a 360 degree camera and GPS sensors form the virtual eyes to soak up every nook and cranny of country lanes to motorways. (ITV) For more information please click here.

Future-Proofing Our Train Stations

Train stations are more than transit spaces. Benefiting from prime locations at the heart of our urban centres, they attract millions of people each day and have become city landmarks. These terminals hold great significance in our lives but it’s clear UK railway stations can benefit from digital transformation. Here we explore some of the ways that can be achieved. For more information please click here.

Virgin Trains announces plans to ‘abolish’ standing on trains under 'airline model' for rail travel

Standing on trains could be a thing of the past under radical new proposals by Virgin Group. Passengers would be prevented from boarding long-distance trains without a reservation under the firm's plans to adopt an “airline model” for rail travel. (EveningStandard) For more information please click here.

Make informed decisions with the FT.

Keep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world. Stay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert commentary and analysis you can trust. For more information please click here.

Funding Calls

162 million euros available for Horizon 2020 transport projects

Ten transport topics under the 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 Work Programme are open for application as of today. They make available EU financing of €162 million. For more information please click here.

Smart Cities


Closing the financing gap for sustainable urban infrastructure

Cities are key to a green and resilient future however, many cities around the world are currently unable to finance the bold and ambitious climate action that will keep us on the right track. Significantly more investment in cities is needed, but even if existing development finance institutions, funds and investors offered more support, cities particularly in low and middle income countries would still face an uphill battle to finance the transition to a low-carbon future. For more information please click here.

GOV.UK provides more answers to Alexa and Google Home

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has said that virtual assistants such as Alexa and Google Home can now access more than 12,000 pieces of government information.(UKAuthority) For more information please click here.


State of the connected home report launch

When: Wednesday, 26 June 
Time: 14:00-18:00
Venue: techUK

We are exhilarated to be publishing The State of the Connected Home Report for a third year in row!

Join us for the launch of our annual report, which will be is looking at the current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, GfK, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. The research covers knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services and main barriers to adoption. For more information and to register please click here.

UK SPF Cluster 1: Demand for spectrum from utilities

When: Monday, 3 June 
Time: 14:00-16:30
Venue: techUK

Cluster 1 is focused on discussing the impact of new services and technologies on future spectrum demand, and the continued availability of spectrum, across all users of spectrum. For more information and to register please click here.

The Transformative role of technology in creating a modern transport system

When: Monday, 13 May
Time: 09:00-10:15

The Government’s ambition to transform the transport system through technology is one of the most exciting parts of its domestic policy agenda. The Secretary of State has spoken about the potential of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles to improve travel safety. Arguably the greatest potential of all, however, lies in rail. Progress towards a digital railway would allow a much more efficient use of the existing network, while greatly improving the passenger experience. For more information and to register please click here.

Developing your career through the influence of networking

When: Thursday, 2 May 
Time: 18:00-21:00

Join WUN on 2 May for an evening looking at a key part of your career development: networking. In this session they'll look at the role networking should play in building your career, and how to build your confidence in this key skill. You'll hear from speakers who have successfully built a powerful network, and you’ll get an opportunity to put what you’ve learned into practise with a ‘speed networking session’. For more information and to register please click here.

Smart appliances for flexible energy

The publication of HMG/Ofgem’s Upgrading our Energy System, Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan in July 2017 formalised the strategy for government and industry to make the transition to a smart, flexible energy system. The plan is an important part of the Government’s wider Industrial and Clean Growth Strategy, and is a core component of Ofgem’s future-facing work to enable the energy system transition. A key objective of the plan is that consumers are more directly involved in managing demand in the electricity system through smart appliances that react to the availability of electricity on the grid in determining their operational cycle. For more information please click here.

techUK Annual Dinner

The techUK Annual Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. The techUK Annual Dinner is the must-attend business dinner in our calendar attracting over 500 guests, including more than 120 senior Government and civil service leaders. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Wright QC, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while our after dinner speaker will be Channel 4’s Cathy Newman. Find out more and book your place here. 


  • Teodora Kaneva

    Teodora Kaneva

    Programme Manager | SmarterUK
    T 020 7331 2016

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