University of Cumbria leads county’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2037

Cumbria ‘well positioned to lead the way in a green revolution’, says University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is leading its county’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2037 – 13 years earlier than the government’s 2050 target.

Cumbria set itself the ambitious decarbonisation target in January 2021.

To help the county reach its goal, The University of Cumbria is now working with a number of Cumbrian businesses – covering tourism, media, manufacturing and direct sales – to reduce their carbon footprint, as part of the £14 million Eco-I North West project.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Eco-I North West is a research and development partnership between six universities – Cumbria, Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Met – providing support to low carbon business innovations across the region. It will run until 2023.

Companies will be supported by PhD, masters and undergraduate researchers, with access to laboratories, equipment and expertise.

The University of Cumbria’s sustainability initiatives are based at its Ambleside campus in the Lake District

“The sheer size of Cumbria, along with its fantastically dedicated population, has led to great diversity in business and industry. Our cutting-edge technology and far-reaching concepts hold a place in international markets,” said University of Cumbria’s Mike Siddall, who is Eco-I North West’s project manager.

“Staunch workforces and committed leaders are already proactive in cross-sector networks and partnerships when it comes to problem-solving and overcoming challenges.

“But now, along with the rest of the planet, we face one of the biggest obstacles humanity has ever encountered – how to make fundamental changes to the way we operate and behave to reduce the impact of climate change.

“With our natural resources, forward-thinking companies and ambitious targets, Cumbria is well positioned to lead the way in a green revolution as it transitions towards zero carbon.

“We are determined the impact will live on long after the project finishes and make a major contribution to hitting ambitious global targets.

“We already have a significant number of carbon-conscious businesses who want to develop and grow in a sustainable way. Eco-I NW can help with an injection of the knowledge needed to drive forward their green ideals.”

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