Manchester’s Corridor set to benefit from green fund

28 Oct 2014

Manchester is set to land a share of €24 million to demonstrate cutting-edge green technologies.

Working with the cities of Eindhoven in Holland and Stavanger in Norway in a consortium called Triangulum, the city has been provisionally awarded a share of the pot in a European Commission scheme to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions while boosting the economy.

The Manchester part of the project focuses on The Corridor and is led by Manchester City Council, working alongside The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester-based businesses Siemens and digital technology company Clicks and Links.

The funding will enable investment in technologies from renewable energy and storage to improved distributed energy efficiency and intelligent energy management using ICT data. It will also support the increased use of electric vehicles.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Cities use a large proportion of the world’s resources and need to be in the forefront of environmental improvements.

“New technologies are opening up opportunities all the time and Corridor Manchester has the right conditions to show how smart city districts can help make a positive difference."

Professor Ian Cotton, Director of Manchester Energy at The University of Manchester, said: "We are delighted that the EU has recognised the opportunities that exist in Manchester to showcase sustainable futures. This funding will support a new ICT platform that will allow our researchers and students to engage with real-world data gathered from a range of sources across Manchester."

Professor John Brooks, Vice Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University and chair of the Corridor Board, said: “This funding will help us realise the potential of the Corridor. It is large enough to demonstrate new approaches to smart cities at scale and suitably well-connected to attract international attention. The strong track record of partnership working in this city will enable to deliver multiple projects in an integrated way.”

Juergen Maier, CEO for Siemens UK said "Siemens is absolutely delighted that with this funding Manchester can push ahead with this project. The Corridor has all the right assets for establishing an international smart city district, demonstrating how new technologies can drive growth whilst at the same time reducing carbon emissions. We hope to be able to help the project achieve these objectives.”

The Corridor is a unique business location at the heart of Manchester’s knowledge economy, covering some 243 hectares with a 58,000 strong workforce. It is home to two of the UK’s leading universities and the largest clinical academic campus in Europe.

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