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Energy & Low Carbon

Greater Birmingham has the 5th largest number of companies and jobs in Low Carbon & Environmental goods and services.

Particular strengths include alternative fuel vehicles, photovoltaics, environmental consultancy, energy storage and systems, alternative fuels and carbon finance.

Our universities work collaboratively with industry to maximise the potential of our world-leading expertise in key technologies through initiatives such as the ‘Energy Research Accelerator’ (ERA).

The West Midlands ‘Energy Capital’ initiative is a smart energy innovation partnership which aims to make the West Midlands one the most attractive locations to build innovative clean energy technology companies in the world.

Target initiatives for 2017/18 will include;

  • Environmental industries opportunities mapping
  • Supporting the Energy Capital initiative

Find out more about the sector:

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/energy/research/energy-capital.aspx 

Sector Champion

Our Sector Champion for Low Carbon & Environmental Technologies & Services is Pat Laughlin, CEO of Midlands Environmental Business Company (MEBC)

MEBC is an independent business network supporting businesses in the Low Carbon and Environmental Technologies sector with a specific remit to identify and promote new business opportunity. MEBC is the Midlands branch of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (UK BCSD) one of 70 national business across the world co-ordinated by WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) with its HQ in Geneva.

Pat specialises in supply chain development for the sector and has undertaken a number of related business support projects and research assignments, both in the Midlands and across the UK.

Pat trained as a Plant Biochemist and Information Scientist and has worked extensively within management, holding senior management posts in the mining industry, Toyota UK and the BBC. She moved into Economic Development as Business Development Director at the West Midlands Regional Development Agency. In 2003 she established an independent research and facilitation company which has supported projects for business and the public and voluntary sectors across the UK. She holds a number of non-Executive Director positions in both business and the voluntary sector.