Energy Innovation Agency hosts successful ‘Net-Zero for Greater Manchester’ Event.
- Friday, July 21, 2023
- Posted By The Growth Company
The event kicked off with an introduction from the Agency, our aims, and objectives, and how we’re actively working alongside the latest and greatest energy solutions, connecting them with a growing group of end-users to help tackle Greater Manchester’s energy challenges.
One of the Agency’s primary objectives is to create a clearer pathway to commercialisation, making it easier for innovators to bring their ideas to market. By encouraging cross-sector collaborations, the Agency endeavours to assist green tech from across the region in overcoming their biggest energy challenges. The Agency also plays a role in instilling public confidence in new technologies; by showcasing successful projects and demonstrating the positive impact of these innovations, it helps build a trust and support for sustainable energy solutions within the community.
The first panel discussion of the day addressed Greater Manchester’s Energy Challenges. Panellists included: Sarah Bateman, CEO of Unify Energy, Ben Peace, Net Zero Principle at The Growth Company, Aisling McNulty, Development Director at Bruntwood Works, and Richard Hagan, Managing Director of Crystal Doors. Steve Connor facilitated the panel and guided the conversation. Throughout the session, the panel delved into the challenges faces by businesses in embracing green technology. Key challenges included, the limited availability of investment opportunities and accessibility to green solutions, the lack of comprehensive knowledge regarding green technologies, and the difficulties that businesses encounter in finding the right support to implement these technologies. The discussion served as an insightful session to explore potential solutions and initiatives that could accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices across Greater Manchester.
The second panel discussion focussed on was about how a Carbon Neutral Greater Manchester would address the Green Skills Gap. Joining Steve Connor on the panel were: Rory Matthews, Senior Policy and Partnerships Officer for Low Carbon at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Roosevelt Alexander, Senior Director at The Growth Company’s Green Skills Academy, Dr Marilyn Comrie, CEO of the Manchester Innovation Activities Hub, and Chris Fletcher from the GM Chamber of Commerce. The panel discussed the Green Skills Gap and how Greater Manchester has great potential due to its pioneering devolution deal and explored strategies to enhance diversity within this space and effectively engage with and involve youth from diverse backgrounds in pursuing Green Careers. This discussion was tied into the benefits of The Growth Company’s Green Skills Academy, the Manchester Innovation Activities Hub, and the newly established GMLSIP (Green Manchester Local Skills Improvement Plan) and technical education plan.
Our Business Development Lead, Dan Dickinson, facilitated the afternoon’s session, introducing Innovate GM and The Built Environment Demonstrator Fund. Dan gave an overview of the fund, explained which innovators/businesses would benefit the most from it, and showed them how they can get involved.
Following the close of the main event, some innovators were given the opportunity to pitch their energy solutions to a diverse group of decision-makers and end-users, representing the public and private sectors in Greater Manchester who are looking to decarbonise and invest.
The Energy Innovation Agency (The Agency), a unique partnership between the public, private and academic sectors in Greater Manchester (GM), formed in 2021, is tasked with accelerating carbon emission reductions in GM and transitioning the city region to a carbon-neutral economy by 2038.
The Agency is supporting energy innovators with innovative low-carbon (LC) solutions to scale their businesses and connecting them with end-users in GM to increase the deployment of LC solutions.
To find out more about the Agency, and what we do, visit our website.