University-led energy agency to turn Greater Manchester green

A new Energy Innovation Agency (EIA) is set to established between three Greater Manchester universities, local government and industry.

On 24 September, the proposal was announced at the Greater Manchester Green Summit, with the EIA having the aim of kickstarting a decade of clean energy innovation to meet the region’s 2038 carbon neutral target. It will bring together the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford, who will apply their energy and environmental research expertise, collaborating with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and SSE Enterprise.

The vision for the EIA is to lead the transition to a zero carbon society and economy by bridging the innovation gap, leading to an acceleration of emissions reductions, increased implementation of technological innovations and enhanced, forward-thinking policy agenda setting. It will act as an intermediary between the region’s environmental research output, industry innovators, the energy supply pipeline and stakeholders in Greater Manchester.

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