Dr Andy Pickard, manager of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, spoke widely about the benefits of working with CGE.
Lancaster Universities award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) have started their new round of business engagement with some highly successful launch events hosted alongside their collaborators both at the University of Chester and the Lancaster University Management School’s Low Carbon Innovation Forum. The events had presentations by businesses, academics and researchers, who had all previously been involved in the CGE process, which highlighted the benefits of working with the programme from every angle. The CGE supports the development of new products and services with environmental benefits by delivering high quality business led research and through enabling enterprises to access the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University. There are many ways to get involved with the programmes and they are all open and ready for businesses to engage. In collaboration with the CGE, Lancaster University Management School has recently launched the new Low Carbon Innovation Forum, a 6 month programme starting on the 21 June 2017, for Lancashire based Small and Medium-sized businesses. Through a series of workshops, access to Masterclasses, an eco-innovation challenge and company visit, this programme offers a supportive space for SMEs to think about how their business can innovate whilst achieving a reduction in the carbon footprint.
The events have served as a great opportunity to begin the collaborative engagement process and attracted a number of businesses from across the North West. The SMEs in attendance ranged from Blanken Care makers of adult continence wear, Glasdon street furniture manufacturers, MSS a power components company and Eco-Heroes creators of climate change focussed learning resources, all committed to seek innovative ways to reduce their carbon output and increase sustainability. The CGEs director Nigel Paul spoke at the events about the increasing need for eco-innovation from all industries in order to meet the CO₂ reductions needed to mitigate climate change globally. The wide breadth of business in attendance shows clearly the integrative nature of carbon reduction, and how important it is to every aspect of the business world. These launch events also served as a network for bringing businesses that might not necessarily meet but that have a similar environmentally friendly mind-set and outlook, together. Going forward there are many opportunities to engage with CGE and we welcome SMEs in the North West who are wanting to innovate for a better environment to contact us.