The world’s energy systems are undergoing their biggest change in more than a generation, with the unstoppable shift towards clean and smart energy. The launch of Energy Capital on 15th February, 2017 seeks to unite stakeholders and create a single voice for the West Midlands on energy, positioning the region as the UK’s ‘energy capital’.
The region has a rich pedigree as a driver of industrial and commercial change, stretching back over 200 years. In fact, the low carbon energy community gathered in Birmingham only last November, for the hugely successful West Midlands Climate Innovation Challenge, where innovators from around the world showcased their ideas.
Energy Capital aims to build on that success. The launch takes place at the University of Birmingham‘s Edgbaston campus, and will bring together politicians, the business community, academics, innovators and investors.
Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham, says, ‘We are proud to be hosting this launch event, which marks the creation of a single voice for the West Midlands on energy.
‘Building on the region’s excellent academic base, industrial heritage and track record of government investment, the Energy Capital initiative will provide a powerful and exciting new mechanism to support economic growth, ensuring that citizens and businesses of all sizes benefit from global energy system transformation.’
One of the keynote speakers at the event will be Professor Sir David King, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, who will discuss the work of ‘Mission Innovation’, the multibillion dollar global initiative that saw 22 countries commit to doubling their clean energy research and development budgets.
Interest in the event has been building across the region and on social media. The organisers have confirmed that every ticket has been sold for what promises to be a groundbreaking day.