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Net Zero

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Net Zero

Invest in Manchester

Energy House labs in Manchester

Net Zero

Invest in Manchester

Net Zero

  1. For many, the climate emergency is no longer abstract but a real societal problem. Therefore, we need to act together to protect our planet and people to ensure a greener and more resilient future for all.

    Having already set an ambitious science-based target to be carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of UK’s target - Manchester is ahead of the game and already creating significant business opportunities to lead as a sustainable city of the future.

    Already this year local Government has spent over £100 million to reduce the carbon impact from public buildings and social homes. But the appetite for change goes far beyond this. Government, academia and businesses in Greater Manchester are ready and waiting to collaborate with forward-thinking innovators to discover, develop and deploy new technologies across transport, energy, retrofitting and much more.

  2. Advanced Manufacturing
    Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution Manchester has the infrastructure in place to support advanced manufacturing innovation, business growth and rapid commercialisation.
  3. Why Manchester?

    Manchester offers access to world-leading research facilities, state-of-the-art science parks and dedicated “living labs” which provide businesses with controlled and real-world environments to test and trial new low carbon innovations. Taking these innovations to production is made easier with Innovation GM – a blueprint for translational innovation between Greater Manchester (GM) and government, that could catalyse inclusive economic growth of £7bn and provide 100,000 jobs—with an emphasis on R&D commercialisation and industrialisation.

    Energy Innovation Agency

    Manchester is a region committed to Energy Transition to help meet our climate goals and is now home to a bespoke Energy Innovation Agency which is fully committed to transforming investable ideas into real-world clean energy solutions. From smart and enabled assets, funding mechanisms and policy reform all the way through to product validation and commercialisation, Manchester is ready to adopt innovative energy technologies.

    Green Finance

    The Greater Manchester Environment Fund (GMEF), the UK’s first regional environmental impact fund, aims to generate over £100m of funding and investment to align with projects that benefit the environment around Greater Manchester. 

    Manchester's Low Carbon Investment Opportunities and Strengths

    Future Transport                            

    In addition to The Bee Network which will comprise of 1,800 miles of fully connected cycling and walking routes across the city region, Manchester is investing £295 million into building a low carbon bus network by 2025 along with fast and rapid electric vehicle chargers installed across the region.

    Hydrogen and The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

    Manchester is tapping into the £3 trillion global hydrogen market opportunity and has already submitted planning permission for up to 200MW capacity of Hydrogen production which would be the largest Green Hydrogen production facility in the UK. The locally produced Green Hydrogen could also be used to support regional heat networks and heavy haulage.

    The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre is a £4.1m state-of-the-art facility which is leading the way in harnessing renewable energy and has been structured to enable collaborations between academia, industry and policymakers. Research encompasses: hydrogen and fuel cell innovation, electrosynthesis, sustainable fuels and chemicals, smart energy systems and energy transition technologies.  The Centre focuses on testing new technical concepts, commercialising products and developing a skilled hydrogen-focussed workforce.


    Retrofitting is high on the agenda and local Government has already invested £27 million this year with plans for a further £118 million investment to retrofit social homes to 2024 and £6 billion to 2038. This equates to circa 250,000+ social households.  

    Energy House Laboratories

    Through commercial and grant funded research, Energy House Laboratories at The University of Salford help businesses understand how effective their products and services are in lowering consumers’ carbon footprint and reducing energy bills.

    Major Development Projects

    Manchester has invested in major development projects which really showcase the scale of low carbon commitments across the city-region. Examples are: Mayfield - a 24 acre brownfield site with a long-term plan to create a £1bn mixed-use community, with 1,500 new homes, a 6.5-acre public park, office and retail space; and Gateway North - A translational Innovation Zone cluster within the North East corridor which Contains the Advanced Machinery and Productivity Institute (AMPI).

    These high-value public-private funded collaborations are setting blueprints for future programmes and investments.

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    To find out more about how MIDAS can help your business move to Manchester, get in touch with the team today. You can also keep up-to-date with us via Twitter and LinkedIn.

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