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Cumbria LEP Helps Steer Regional Energy Debate

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership’s Chief Executive, Jo Lappin, has been invited to Chair one of the keynote sessions at a major energy conference next month. The Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse Conference is taking place at the Bonus Arena, Hull, on November 5 and 6.

The event has been organised by the Northern Powerhouse 11 (NP11), a collaboration of the eleven Northern LEPs, which cover 76 local authority areas.

Conference organisers say that it will “showcase the innovation, leadership and opportunities across the North of England in energy, decarbonisation, transition and clean growth”.

Mrs Lappin will chair a plenary session on day one of the conference looking at the role of the nuclear industry within the clean growth agenda in the Northern Powerhouse’s economy.

Panel members are:

  • Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association;
  • Alan Woods, Strategy and Business Director, Rolls Royce;
  • Craig Lester, Deputy Director, Advanced Nuclear Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy;
  • Andy Scargill, Vice President, Nuclear and Clean Energy, Jacobs.

She said: “Cumbria LEP is delighted to have been asked to play a prominent role in the conference. It reflects Cumbria’s nationally significant position within the energy and clean growth agenda.

“We have the largest concentration of nuclear skills in the UK and one of the world’s major concentrations of civil nuclear expertise, especially in decommissioning, waste management and environmental clean-up.

“Cumbria also has internationally recognised expertise in offshore wind, alongside emerging capabilities in wave, tidal and new battery technologies.”

Business groups and local authorities across the Northern Powerhouse are making the case to both Government and international investors for investment in the North’s energy and clean growth potential.

The Conference is being organised in conjunction with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green GB & NI Week, with Cabinet Ministers expected to speak at the event.

A northern-wide NP11 Energy & Clean Growth Strategy will also be unveiled at the Conference, which will “set out opportunities for the North to collaborate and work together going forward”.

The ambition is to attract Government and international business investment and support and to demonstrate that the North of England must be at the heart of the UK’s strategy to achieve the Net Zero carbon emission target.

Lord Inglewood, Chair of Cumbria LEP, said: “Here in Cumbria, we have great businesses that are at the forefront of low-carbon energy innovation and clean growth technologies.

“This Conference provides these organisations with an international platform to promote their work and secure new opportunities both nationally and internationally”.

Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, said: “It’s great to see business leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse coming together during Green GB & NI Week to discuss how best to seize all the opportunities of clean growth.”

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, which is hosting the conference, said: “We are proud to be hosting this first-of-its-kind event, which is a fantastic opportunity to show the wider world what we have on offer across the North of England.

“I am delighted that eleven Northern LEPs are coming together to organise this event. This demonstrates that, through collaboration, we can become a world leading region in energy and clean growth.”

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