Manchester isn’t satisfied with ‘low-carbon’, we aiming for zero. We’re bringing the world’s smartest scientists and engineers together to strive for carbon neutrality. It won’t be easy but we’re making progress. We were the first city to build zero-carbon homes. Our universities lead zero-carbon initiatives. And we’re now a centre for the offshore wind industry, even though we’re not on the coast, but we’ve never let geography get in the way of our ambition.
As a designated Low Carbon Economic Area for the built environment, Manchester is at the forefront of a revolution in construction with a long list of international awards. Manchester is committed to a 48% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. This opens significant opportunities around renewable and alternative energy generation, waste management and energy efficiency. Global players are investing here. Siemens is developing a new headquarters for its industrial division and has chosen Manchester as its centre of excellence for offshore wind turbine grid connections.
As well as being a strategic base for global giants such as Siemens, Jacobs Engineering and Parsons Brinkerhoff, Manchester is host to some of the UK’s most ambitious and fastest growing green companies such as Peel Energy, Mercury Recycling Group and ENER‐G, a Manchester University spin‐out.
The funding infrastructure in Manchester is a major attraction. We’re developing successful partnerships and funding models, like the joint venture between Japan’s Mitsui and Arup that will deliver investment of up to £100 million in to large‐scale green projects and infrastructure in the city-region. Manchester was also recently part of Europe’s largest ever PFI waste management deal with Viridor.
The world’s brightest brains are working in and around Manchester on energy-related issues. Our universities include several world-class research institutes such as the Dalton Nuclear Institute, a key player in the government’s civil nuclear programme, and the Joule Centre for energy research & development which is a partnership of Northwest Universities, and energy companies.
To find out more about the energy and environment industries in Greater Manchester, please contact:
Daniel Storer, Director of Business Development, Daniel.Storer@Midas.org.uk