Engineering innovation for a low carbon economy


Simon Bond

Category: Low Carbon South West


New technology, research & development and entrepreneurship were on the agenda at the Low Carbon Business Breakfast in Bath yesterday, as experts took to the stage to discuss how engineering and innovation are both central to the development of the low carbon economy.  Membership association Low Carbon South West  runs regular networking breakfasts at the University of Bath Innovation Centre, and on this occasion the two organisations teamed up to bring a special session in the form of a panel discussion with three environmental  experts.

The panel comprised Dr Janet Scott, co-ordinator of the Doctoral Training Centre in Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath; Ed Elias, eco engineer and founder of low carbon vehicle solutions company Aerotails; and Bill Goldie, CEO of Green Running, which provides energy monitoring services for businesses.

The mixture of academic and entrepreneurial expertise led to an interesting discussion on the necessity for business and research institutions to work closely together to ensure that the skills required to build a low carbon economy are met, whilst taking into account essential industry considerations such as environmental sustainability and competitiveness.

The event was attended by around 40 delegates and gave rise to some excellent discussion and networking opportunities in the low carbon and engineering sector.  Simon Bond, Director of the Innovation Centre hailed the event as a success and made the attendees aware of the Bath Entrepreneurship Programmes, a 3 day programme that is running on various dates in 2014 at the Innovation Centre, for which bursary places are available for start-up businesses. More information can be found on the University of Bath Innovation Centre website.