England’s Northwest prepares for smarter carbon-free future - MIDAS

England’s Northwest prepares for smarter carbon-free future

Robert Hough, Chair of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), opened the third annual Climate Change Conference in Manchester on 12th February, highlighting the region’s key strengths and opportunities for business as part of a low-carbon economy.

Joined by a number of speakers, the Conference included the launch of the revised Northwest Climate Change Action Plan for 2010 – 2012, refocusing the commitment of the region towards achieving the ultimate goal of a well-adapting and low carbon region.

The conference was a chance to highlight the Climate Change Partnership’s achievements, highlighting the region’s strengths within research and development, skills provision, finance to assist businesses and improving efficiency.

This high profile event generated a flurry of announcements from the NWDA, including a £4 million investment for a Rural Carbon Challenge Fund through the Rural Development programme for England. This fund will deliver a minimum of 5 large-scale renewable projects in rural areas, providing the training and support to encourage social and micro-enterprises to develop renewable energy projects.

Other speakers included Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive – Energy Saving Trust; Matthew Wright, Managing Director, Asset Management & Delivery – United Utilities and Richard Ellis, Group Head of CSR – Alliance Boots.

Robert Hough said: “Whilst much has already been achieved in the region, the first Climate Change Action Plan was only the beginning of our response. The emerging Regional Strategy for the Northwest will help to build on the Government’s focus for delivering sustainable economic growth. With a growing emphasis on the challenges and opportunities climate change presents, developing a low carbon economy will be essential in delivering our wider vision for the region’s future.

“The new Climate Change Action Plan provides a clear and robust framework to ensure the Northwest is in the best possible position to contribute to national carbon reduction targets, and increase resilience to climate impacts. Equally as important will be our ability to capitalise on the economic opportunities this brings.”

For further information visit Climate Change Northwest

Source: Northwest Regional Development Agency

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