What is the Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability Accelerator?


Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability Accelerator is a national programme designed for the UK manufacturing industry. 

It provides UK manufacturers the opportunity to fast forward their adoption of digital solutions that deliver resource efficiency and energy efficiency (REEE). 

The programme is aimed at supporting the manufacturing sector’s transition to net zero emissions in alignment with the UK Government’s environmental goals. The manufacturing sector contributes over 11% to UK Gross value added (GVA) and 12% of UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Policy makers set out a target reduction of CO2 emissions by 4.5% (Made Smarter, 2017) and a legally binding target of 68% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 (Net Zero Strategy). 

To overcome the difficulties associated with sustainability in manufacturing, three industry partners will work with Digital Catapult to scope and define 1-2 real-world sustainability challenges each. Eight startups will join the programme to design a proof of concept of their solutions in phase 1, while in phase 2 they will be expected to further develop their solutions within a pilot environment, addressing these challenges and utilising AI and other digital technologies.

As part of the national Made Smarter movement, we’ll work with both leading UK manufacturers and industrial companies along with the UK’s pioneering digital technology innovation community to develop cutting-edge technology solutions to many of the UK’s core manufacturing challenges.

About Made Smarter

The Made Smarter Innovation Sustainability Accelerator sits at the heart of the Made Smarter Innovation mission, funded by Innovate UK and UKRI. The Sustainability Accelerator will enable UK manufacturers to address current industrial challenges that deliver resource and energy efficiency (REEE).