Green City: supporting the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Green Summit
On 21 March Greater Manchester’s Green Summit will draw together the results of months of listening events, expert engagement workshops, an online survey, research and modelling. Greater Manchester will be naming the target date for becoming carbon neutral – part of its ambition to deliver on its fair share of global carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement. Early feedback shows enormous support for GM to become a leading green and carbon neutral city, bringing with it the clean air, green space, energy efficient buildings and smart, renewable energy heat and power systems, jobs and lifestyles of a sustainable global city.
The Quantum team is supporting the Green Summit, listening events facilitation, feedback analysis and policy & costings assessments to help develop an Environment Charter and follow on programmes to deliver on this ambition. Just one of the many events we’ve faciliated using our blue sticky wall was for the CPRE Lancashire.
If you want to share your priorities for the GM Mayor here is a link to the poll (closing 5 March 2018)
Community owned heat & power – for a low carbon village
Over the past year we’ve been working on a very exciting project; leading a Rural Community Energy Funded feasibility study into renewable district heating in a Cumbrian village. We’ve identified a viable project using renewable heat sources and PV solar electricity on a private wire that will create benefits for the whole village and be a possible first for the community energy sector at this scale. We will be continuing to work with the village, community energy organisation, developers and investors to bring this project to fruition.
Smart Energy Network Demonstrator secures £15m investment
Keele University now has a Smart Energy Network Demonstrator for research and testing new energy efficiency and low carbon products and services in the Smart heat and power sectors. The site is a stand-alone private wire heat and electricity system providing energy to residential, business and university buildings; the ideal living lab.
Quantum conducted a wide-ranging market assessment and supported the development of the business case with economic consultants Regeneris, to successfully secure £15m investment. Our interviews with over 70 business stakeholders and testing of the market proposition helped secure funding for the current business support programme being provided by Keele University.
Community PV in Chester
During 2016 Gill led the UCEF-funded feasibility study and provided project management for Chester Community Energy‘s 50kW PV scheme in partnership with Cheshire West & Chester on Northgate Arena sports centre. The group’s successful share offer raised £62k and the scheme was delivered within the September FIT deadline.
Innovation lessons from community energy groups in Greater Manchester
The GM Community Energy Innovation Toolkit is for community energy organisations and others interested in developing prjects tobenefit local people and the environment in an ever-changing context. It includes project stories, lessons and useful information. Top 10 innovation lessons. Upcoming technologies and models for communty energy and links to support. Quantum supported the four projects through their innovation projects, and held a workshop with 14 community energy organisations to test the findings and develop the toolkit format. Download the document GM Community Energy Innovation Toolkit.