The next meeting of the Forum will take place on 11 July at 5pm for 5.30pm at Lancaster University. The meeting will be a roundtable discussing how Energy technology can power our ambitions for the North . It will include contributions from Harry Hoster, Director of Energy Lancaster, and Dion Williams, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at Lancaster University. This follows on from the May Forum which featured a presentation from Katy Gearing from the Royal Society.
In a new collection of essays, published by Green Alliance today, eight leading business and policy voices, including the NWBLT’s Chair and the Director General of the CBI, say the government must embed low carbon development and resource efficiency in a truly modern industrial strategy; and that failure to do so risks wasting the opportunities the UK has to capitalise on the green economy.
The strong message from the publication’s contributors is that the government’s plan to boost business productivity, particularly in former industrial communities, must be aligned with UK low carbon energy and resource policies.
Mott MacDonald has been appointed to advise on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways across Morecombe Bay and the Duddon Estuary in north west England. The project, which is being developed by Northern Tidal Power Gateways Ltd, incorporates power generating turbines and transport links from the M6 in the south to Millom, with the potential to also reach Moorside if appropriate.
Northern Tidal Power Gateways is the brainchild of Alan Torevell, chair of Dewhurst Torevell who is a member of the NWBLT and pictured left.
The North West Energy Squared (NWE2) Model is now located at the Forum in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria until 29th May. It has recently been on display in Whitehaven in Cumbria and prior to that it was at RBS based in Spinningfields in Manchester. The model is approximately 3.5 x 1.5 metres in size and is a physical, interactive model of the North West. It also includes a video with a voice over commentary explaining its objectives to examine the possibility of building connected tidal gateways throughout the region.
The North West Business Leadership Team has released its latest report identifying the state of the region’s essential resources, and the action required to optimise the future supplies of food, water and energy by 2040.
The report identified these three essential resources as not only offering the key to future security but the key for future growth and investment opportunities. Fundamental questions about the reliability of energy supply, the sufficiency of food production and the availability of a resilient water supply have reached a critical point, according to the grouping of regional business leaders – and compelling reasons for investment have been outlined.
This is the fourth report the NWBLT have produced as part of its thought leadership programme. Its title is ‘Optimising Our Essential Resources – Creating Business Advantage by 2040’ and its official launch took place on the opening day of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool. NWBLT also unveiled a physical computer controlled model of the North West, based in the IFB Hub, which shows the available power sources and projected new ones using tidal energy and other renewable sources.
The next report in NWBLT’s programme of thought leadership is focussing on essential resources – specifically looking at energy, food and water. The North West’s capacity for sustaining supplies of these resources offers significant potential opportunities over the long term and the report will consider what actions need to be taken now in order to ensure we all benefit in the future. This report will be launched at the International Festival for Business (IFB 2014) in Liverpool in early June.
The IFB will also be exhibiting a relief model of North West England, designed to contribute to the debate regarding future supplies of essential resources for business and industry. Its main focus will be upon sources of energy generation and communications across the region.