The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has joined a £5.1 million low-carbon research and development initiative aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises in Lancashire to innovate to create products and services which make a transition towards a low carbon economy.

CEH, along with Liverpool John Moores University is participating in the initiative, called the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), which is being spearheaded by the award-winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University. Centre for Global Eco-Innovation logo

The programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is focused on helping regional businesses make the move to a lower carbon economy.

It works by opening the research base and understanding of the three leading research institutions to work with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on projects they want to see delivered. 

The initiative will give SME businesses the chance to benefit from the expertise of leading researchers at CEH and Liverpool John Moores University thereby enabling them to undertake the research and development necessary to develop successful products. Overall the project will support 180 local businesses to deliver research and development projects of varying duration over a three-year period.

Dr Nick Wells, Director of Impact & Innovation at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said, “This is an excellent opportunity to engage with small to medium businesses in the North West of England to drive innovation, creating new products and services to be exploited across the UK and beyond, and enabling them to meet the demands of a low carbon economy.”

Dr Andy Pickard, Manager of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University, said, “We are ‘solution driven’ not ‘technology led’ and the challenges we undertake are those presented by business itself. 

“Having a national organisation with the resource, expertise, data and understanding of CEH, working as part of the partnership opens a broad range of new and exciting opportunities for local businesses.” 

"This is an excellent opportunity to engage with small to medium businesses in the North West of England to drive innovation, creating new products and services to be exploited across the UK and beyond..." Dr Nick Wells, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

The LoCaL-i initiative is part of a wider £7.1 million low-carbon research and development programme supporting small and medium sized enterprises in Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Liverpool lower their carbon output.

For more information visit www.globalecoinnovation.org

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