The Northern Powerhouse must place itself at the centre of the UK’s energy innovation agenda by being the first region to lead major collaboration across the industry, according to Denise Massey, the Managing Director of the Energy Innovation Centre.
“Securing the UK’s future energy supplies is one of the most important issues on today’s political agenda with ramifications for everyone from the individual householder to the Ministry of Defence,” she said. “And it is only collaboration between the different sectors making up the energy industry – renewables, oil, gas, nuclear etc. – that could meet the challenges of the energy trilemma of energy security, energy access and affordability and lower carbon i.e., environmentally sustainable. Yet at the moment there seems to be little appetite for actually taking action on developing this collaborative approach nationally.
“The Government is open to new ideas and approaches where things are working well in order to inform the development of the national policy framework, but at the moment, those models are simply not there.
It’s all right here in the region
“This is where the Northern Powerhouse could come in. We’ve got an incredible asset base in terms of energy – nuclear, gas, electricity, renewables, offshore – and a comprehensive network of SMEs primed for innovation. It’s all right here in the region. We could provide a framework for how the different strands of the sector could work together and provide part of the blue print which could, over time, be rolled out nationally.”
There’s already appetite for this collaboration in the sector, says Massey. Mark Horsley, the CEO of the Northern Gas Network has already worked with consultancy KPMG on a ‘Powering the North’ report exploring these very issues. She will discuss this and more at the 2017 UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition in February at a dedicated session exploring the issue of ‘Powering the Powerhouse’ – focusing on energy in the north. Other speakers for this session include Andy Koss, the Chief Executive Officer of Drax Power and David Gill, Director of Stakeholder Relations, Northern Gas Networks.
Starting to work together, is, says Massey, the best way to reach if not a solution, the start of a solution, to an issue that affects all of us. “Cross-sector collaboration in the industry is challenging and almost too big a task to tackle nationally, but the Northern Powerhouse is ideally placed to start a shift towards a collaborative way of working by “thinking big, acting small.”
She continued: “What we need to do is paint the picture, plot the direction of travel, and then start taking those small steps that ensure we’re aligned and moving together in the right direction.” But collaboration is not easy and requires dedicated resource.
To do this, she said, energy businesses across the North and national and local government should explore the possibility of jointly funding a body to drive forward the agenda to achieve progress in this area. “Once organisations have some money invested and own the agenda, they’re much more likely to push for results,” she explained.
And there is, she said, precedent for this sort of collaboration in the work of the Energy Innovation Centre, which was launched in 2008 in order to accelerate the discovery, development and deployment of innovation among energy businesses.
This sort of collaboration, she said, is “not rocket science” but it does take commitment and dedicated effort of senior players in the industry and both local and national government. Now is the time for deeds, not words, and the Northern Powerhouse are in a great position to start taking the actions required.”
If we want incremental growth and change, businesses compete, but to achieve exponential growth and change, businesses need to collaborate.
The 2017 UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition event – which will be held in Manchester Central on 21 and 22 February and is expected to attract some 3,000 delegates over two days – is supported by Chief Executives from across the major cities of the North from Liverpool to Newcastle. It will feature sessions with the CEOs of major national businesses such as Nissan, Cisco and Stobart Group. International delegations are expected from India, Australia, China and the US.
The conference is one of the few events to attract delegates from across the entire range of sectors, with leading political, academic and business figures from across the North of England present.
Topics being addressed during the conference include manufacturing, transport and infrastructure, finance & delivery, devolution, competitiveness and productivity and energy.
For further information or to book tickets to the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition please visit www.uk-northern-powerhouse.com.
Like our Facebook Page
How Cities In Canada Are Addressing Climate Change
10 Tax Incentives for Businesses That are Lowering their Carbon Footprint
How to Manage Anxieties About Climate Change
Green Brands Must Understand Their Customers to Market Wisely
Key Necessities for Starting an Eco-Friendly Freelance Business
6 Ways To Overcome Cash Flow Challenges as a Green Business
Going Cashless Lowers Our Carbon Footprint and Has Other Pros and Cons
How to Be as Eco-Friendly as Possible on a Trip to New York
Why Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers Are Eco-Friendly
6 Steps For Making Crypto & Blockchain Eco-Friendly
Building a Career in Green Construction: Tips and Insights
Top 5 Benefits of Workplace Sustainability
The Role of Smart Technology in Managing EV Charging Stations
4 USA Vacation Destinations for an Eco-Friendly Trip
6 Wastewater Management Tips to Reduce Water Pollution
Why Internet Faxing Is A Sustainable Business Move
5 Ways Eco-Friendly Employers Can Boost Efficiency
What to Look for When Choosing an Eco-Friendly Locksmith
Flexible Return Policies Can Make Retail More Sustainable
Using Green Patents to Drive Sustainability & Eco-Friendly Designs
- Environment3 months ago
6 Home Improvements You Can Make to Help the Environment
- Environment10 months ago
4 Countries That Have Banned Single-Use Plastic
- Features9 months ago
5 Huge Support Tips for Eco-friendly eCommerce Brands
- Environment7 months ago
How to Ensure Your Home’s Eco-Friendly During Construction?