Lancaster University has teamed up with the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) for a new initiative to grow businesses which are addressing the world’s environmental challenges.
The partnership with the EIC, the trade body for the UK’s environmental business sector, will support enterprises which are working on new ways to cut carbon emissions, reduce waste, or improve land, water and air quality.
The university is also 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.
Dr Andy Pickard, manager of Centre for Global Eco Innovation, said the partnership would help “deliver new relationships with industry and commerce to address global challenges, ultimately benefiting both the environment and the economy.”
Matthew Farrow, EIC director, added: “The UK has some world-class strengths in environmental technology and services and we need to build on these to deliver the clean growth and exports we all want to see post-Brexit.
“Innovation is central to doing this - how can we solve environmental challenges such as air pollution or plastic waste faster and more efficiently? To succeed, we need business, policymakers and universities working together and by partnering with Lancaster University with its eco-innovation strengths we believe we can help make this happen.”