North East of England looks to Renew to cut carbon

29 August 2008

Commercial projects in the North East of England will get help implementing low carbon and environmental projects following the launch of Renew.

The new organisation, created by the Centre for Process Innovations (CPI) is hoped to build on work carried out by Renew Tees Valley and the CPI in fuel cells and low carbon energy.

Renew is to be based with CPI at the Wilton Centre and will work closely with the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) with an office at its Blyth headquarters.

Dr Graham Hillier, director of low carbon energy at CPI, said, ‘Renew provides strategic support to organisations looking to maximise the economic opportunities and carbon reductions achievable from the application of low carbon energy and environmental technologies within projects and operations.

‘Renew will act as a catalyst by working collaboratively with businesses, communities, funders, regulators, technology suppliers and others to help these exciting projects get off the ground, and demonstrate that the North East is uniquely placed to attract low carbon investments.

‘The UK targets for a 60 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and a 15 per cent contribution from renewable energy by 2020, are extremely challenging and this project has a significant role to play in helping the North East achieve its share.’

Ian Williams, director of business and industry at One NorthEast: ‘Renew Tees Valley and CPI have already been instrumental in supporting new developments which utilise the unique processing infrastructure and expertise which exists in the Tees Valley.

‘One NorthEast is committed to fast tracking low carbon energy and environmental technologies. Basing Renew within CPI will bring additional advantages of integration with their low carbon initiatives, and provides a focus for driving forward this activity across the region.’

A launch event for Renew will be held at National Glass Centre in Sunderland on September 23, 2008.

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