30 Liverpool companies help R&D program cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 – Birkenhead News

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A scheme funding and enabling 30 businesses in the Liverpool City area to work with universities to tackle climate change aims to cut 3,850 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Eco-I North West, a large-scale research and development initiative, helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across all sectors develop low-carbon innovations in partnership with six of the North West’s leading universities – Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan.

Launched in 2020, the three-year programme, which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), now works with more than 180 SMEs in the region, including 30 in Liverpool, to create new sustainable technologies, products and services. . to accelerate the green economic recovery.

With one year remaining, Eco-I NW is set to help 369 businesses develop 135 innovative new solutions and remove 3,850 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, supporting the UK government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions. greenhouse gases by 2050.

The success of the program and its future vision were the focus of an event at Lancaster University titled ‘Journeys to Net Zero: Collaboration Showcase’.

Over 200 stakeholders heard from speakers such as Michael Pawlyn, designer of the Eden project in Cornwall, journalist and author John Robb, Camila Rock De Luigi, the architect behind Eden North, and John Mathias, Eco-I NW project of the ‘Liverpool John Moores University. manager, before presentations by some of the SMEs already partners with universities through Eco-I NW.

Birkdale-based Radwraps produces recyclable clinical poster systems with antibacterial coating as an alternative to harmful plastic lamination sheets. He worked with Liverpool John Moores through Eco-I NW on a project to illustrate the impact the solution could have on the NHS and changing his current process would save nearly 250 tonnes of CO2 per year and more a million hours.

James Maddocks, Director, said: “Plastic lamination sheets are extremely harmful to the environment. Paper and plastic are both recyclable in their own form. The combination of the two creates a landfill-only option at the end of use, slowly degrading over hundreds of years, polluting our wildlife, our waterways and our children.

“From start to finish, Eco-I NW was fantastic, from initial research to final use case numbers, modeling and forecasting potentials with advice and guidance throughout.”

Eco-I NW is now looking to connect with the next wave of companies offering access to fully funded interns from a highly motivated and talented pool of students across all six universities, grant-funded postgraduate researchers counterparties for longer-term projects and capital grants. to finance prototypes, pilots and demonstration systems.

Andy Pickard, Director of Eco-I NW and the Center for Global Eco-Innovation, said: “These first two years of the Eco-I NW program have been extremely challenging given the pandemic, which highlights the incredible achievement that we have been able to support 180 businesses to lead the region’s transition to a low-income economy. carbon emissions.

“The key message that came out of our showcase event was that Eco-I NW does a fantastic job of creating a melting pot of disruptive, conversation-driven and collaborative innovation. However, to succeed in the rapid transition towards more sustainable economies and societies in the face of the climate emergency, we must develop our network of collaborators.

“The North West has the knowledge, the people and the industry to be a world leader in the transition to a better economy that is also sensitive to the needs of the environment. And with more than 560,000 SMEs in the region, the opportunity for this crucial collective to create green growth is immense.

“That’s why I encourage all small or medium-sized businesses in the region, whatever their sector and whatever the stage of their journey, to contact the Eco-I NW team.

For more information visit https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/global-eco-innovation/business/eco-i-nw

Image: Courtesy of Antao Greer Communications/Eco-I North West

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