Lancaster University is leading a government-backed investigation into the North West’s potential to become a world-leading region for low carbon and eco-innovative products and services.
The government is conducting 12 regional ‘science and innovation audits’ across the UK to help it develop new approaches to regional economic development.
Lancaster University will be leading an eco-innovation audit for the North West Coastal Arc region, which includes Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Liverpool City.
The university will work with other partner universities, businesses and institutions to analyse the region’s research and innovation strengths and identify mechanisms for the area to become world leading in the development of low carbon and eco-innovative products, processes and services.
Lancaster Environment Centre will be the main lead for the audit. The faculty includes the university’s Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, which helps SMEs in Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Liverpool to access part-funded support to develop green technologies and ideas.
The Lancaster Environment Centre recently worked with Lancashire-headquartered Extreme Low Energy to install innovative new IT infrastructure powered directly by DC current, which is delivering energy savings of up to 80 per cent.
Prof Stephen Decent, pro-vice-chancellor for research and enterprise, said: “Eco-innovation delivers new opportunities for businesses by utilising research and translating that research into commercially important innovation; based upon achieving more efficient uses of natural resources, delivering a low carbon economy, reducing impacts on the environment, and enhancing economic and technological resilience to environmental pressures.”