Towards net-zero

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Unable to take place as a physical event due to COVID-19, 'Into the Next ERA' ran as two webinars on the 29th and 30th April 2020.

Into the Next ERA - Accelerating Innovation Towards Net-Zero

At the end of April, the Energy Research Accelerator ran two webinars called 'Into the Next ERA'.

The first of these events, held on Weds 29th was aimed at business people, while the event on Thurs 30th was for decision makers in the public sector, plus policy makers and academics.

The event provided participants with an update about the Energy Research Accelerator, including details of our 23 facilities, our plans for the future (Big Ideas).

The event was introduced by Faye McAnulla, Development Manager at ERA, and there were presentations from a number of special guest speakers. Click on the hyper-linked names to download the presentations. (The other presentations were delivered as speeches and can be found on the video).

Wednesday 29th April

  • Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor, Keele University
  • Professor Martin Freer, Director of ERA
  • Philip Sharman, Chair of the ERA Industrial Advisory Board

View the video from this event

Thursday 30th April

  • Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the ERA Energy from Waste Policy Commission
  • Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth, Innovate UK
  • Professor Alec Cameron, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University
  • Professor Martin Freer, Director of ERA

View the video from this event

 Download the presentations from these events below
(Other speakers delivered speeches which can be found on the videos).

Professor Martin Freer, Director of ERA

Philip Sharman, Chair of ERA's Industrial Advisory Board 

Helping to deliver the change

As the UK focuses on its goal to achieve net-zero by 2050, the need for universities and businesses to work together to develop and commercialise new solutions has never been more important.

The eight Midlands Innovation partner universities of Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick, together with the British Geological Survey (BGS), have internationally recognised leading research facilities and expertise. These range from the technology associated with energy in the built environment, hydrigen, and fuel cells, energy storage, power grids, nuclear energy, bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, through to energy policy, economics, regulation and law. These foundations, properly aligned, provide the impetus to work in a collaborative mode and at a scale previously not realised, in order to deliver real and significant change.

The size of the challenge nationally and internationally is such that working collaboratively is essential. ERA has recognised this through the present business and academic consortium, but we are keen to reach out and work with event more businesses, and we are looking forward to working with you to help shape the future global energy system.

If you have any specific ideas that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Contact us

More information about our work, our partners and our facilities can be found in the 'Into the Next ERA' report (download below).

Download the 'Into the Next ERA' report

Into the Next ERA report

Freer webinar

At this online event, Professor Martin Freer, Director of ERA presented ERA's achievements and plans for the future.

Into the Next ERA