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The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future.
As part of our approach we are developing ambitious missions to tackle these Grand Challenges. Each mission will focus on a specific problem, bringing government, businesses and organisations across the country together to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Artificial Intelligence and data
We will put the UK at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.
Mission: Use data, Artificial Intelligence and innovation to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases by 2030
Using AI and data, there is an opportunity to accelerate medical research in early diagnosis, leading to better prevention and treatment of disease. Within 15 years better use of AI and data could result in over 50,000 more people each year having their cancers diagnosed at an early rather than late stage. This would mean around 20,000 fewer people dying within 5 years of their diagnosis compared to today.
This mission aims to put the UK at the forefront of the use of AI and data in early diagnosis, innovation, prevention and treatment. Success in this mission is one of a number of steps towards saving lives and increasing NHS efficiency by enabling earlier diagnosis and reducing the need for costly late stage treatment. The opportunity - working with academia, the charitable sector, and industry and harnessing the power of AI and data technologies - is considerable. It should lead to a whole new industry of diagnostic and tech companies which would drive UK economic growth.
The mission builds on the £210 million of funding announced for the Data to Early Diagnostics and Precision Medicine Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
We will harness the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society.
Mission: Ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest
We are living longer lives because of medical advances, better drugs, healthier lifestyles, and safer workplaces. A girl born in the UK today has a 1 in 3 chance of living to 100, and the chance of living to 100 will double in the next 50 years. Given this trend, it’s time to radically rethink how we respond, at each stage in life, to the way that we we support our families and communities, as well as the way that we approach work, finances, health and care, and housing.
This mission aims to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2030, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest. Success in this mission will help people remain independent for longer, continue to participate through work and within their communities, and stay connected to others to counter the epidemic of loneliness.
The mission will help:
- support people to remain at work for longer
- build markets for consumer products and services that better met the needs of older people
- drive improvements in public health and innovate across the social care sector
Through the Industrial Strategy Fund, we have already invested £98 million for innovation in Healthy Ageing. This mission will also be supported by the £210 million investment in Data to Early Diagnostics and Precision Medicine.
We will maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth.
Mission: At least halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030
Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40% of our total energy usage in the UK. By making our buildings more energy efficient and embracing smart technologies, we can cut household energy bills, reduce demand for energy, and boost economic growth while meeting our targets for carbon reduction.
For homes this will mean halving the total use of energy compared to today’s standards for new build. This will include a building’s use of energy for heating and cooling and appliances, but not transport.
This will be achieved by:
- making sure every new building in Britain is safe, high quality, much more efficient and uses clean heating
- innovating to make low energy, low carbon buildings cheaper to build
- driving lower carbon, lower cost and higher quality construction through innovative techniques
- giving consumers more control over how they use energy through smart technologies
- halving the cost of renovating existing buildings to a similar standard as new buildings, while increasing quality and safety
The mission is backed by £170 million of public money through the Transforming Construction Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. We expect this will be matched by £250 million of private sector investment, meaning over £400 million will be invested in new construction products, technologies and techniques.
Future of mobility
We will become a world leader in the way people, goods and services move.
Mission: Put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles, with all new cars and vans effectively zero emission by 2040
How we get around is going to change significantly in the future. New technologies, such as zero emission vehicles and self-driving cars, are improving transport to make it safer, cleaner and better connected.
This mission aims to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacture of zero emission vehicles and sets an ambition for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. This will help improve the air we breathe, support the shift to clean growth, and help the UK seize new economic opportunities.
We are backing this mission with:
- support for innovation in clean ways of powering vehicles, including £1 billion over 10 years for development of low carbon powertrains through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, and £246 million for the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop safe, cost-effective and high-performance batteries for electric vehicles
- grants to help people buy ultra low emission vehicles, as part of a £1.5 billion investment between 2015 and 2021 to support the growth of this market
- investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen vehicle refuelling stations
- an Automotive Sector Deal setting out how government and industry will work together to achieve this strategic vision
Our zero emission road transport strategy will set out in more detail the government approach to the transition to zero emission road transport.