Local businesses urged to accelerate net zero travel with university R&D program – Quest Media Network

Glossop and Tameside companies are invited to enroll in a university R&D program to accelerate their journey to net zero.

Eco-I North West, a large-scale research and development initiative, helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors develop low-carbon innovations in partnership with six of the North West’s leading universities – Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan.

Launched in 2020, the three-year programme, which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), now works with more than 180 SMEs in the region, including 37 in Greater Manchester, to create new technologies, products and durable solutions. services to accelerate green economic recovery.

Among them is Stockport-based Fibrestar Drums, an innovative fiber drum manufacturer with new materials and solutions that will have a lasting impact on the environment.

With one year remaining, Eco-I NW is set to help 369 businesses develop 135 innovative new solutions and remove 3,850 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, supporting the UK government‘s goal of achieving net zero emissions. greenhouse gases by 2050.

Eco-I NW is now looking to connect with the next wave of companies offering access to fully funded interns from a highly motivated and talented pool of students across all six universities, grant-funded postgraduate researchers counterparties for longer-term projects and capital grants. to finance prototypes, pilots and demonstration systems.

Andy Pickard, Director of Eco-I NW and the Center for Global Eco-Innovation, said: “These first two years of the Eco-I NW program have been extremely challenging given the pandemic, which highlights the incredible achievement that we have managed to support 180 companies to lead the region’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

“Eco-I NW does a fantastic job of creating a melting pot of disruptive innovation, driven by conversation and collaboration. However, to achieve the rapid transition to more sustainable economies and societies in the face of the climate emergency, we must develop our network of collaborators.

“The North West has the knowledge, people and industry to be a global leader in the transition to a better economy that is also sensitive to the needs of the environment. And with over 560,000 SMEs in the region , the opportunity for this crucial collective to create green growth is immense.

“That’s why I encourage any small or medium-sized business in the region, whatever their sector and whatever stage of their journey, to contact the Eco-I NW team.”

For more information visit https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/global-eco-innovation/business/eco-i-nw

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