Bringing UK Climate Solutions to Market: Case Studies from Oxfordshire and Connected Places Catapult
Bringing UK Climate Solutions to MarketCase Studies from Oxfordshire and Connected Places Catapult
Join us as we hear from the City of Glasgow, Oxfordshire County and Connected Places Catapultto explore how UK public sector agencies and private sector SMEs are partnering to bring emerging climate solutions to bear on urban and regional challenges, modifying procurement practices to accelerate the adoption of climate solutions, and supporting the innovation ecosystem. Connected Places Catapult is one of nine Catapult Centres in the UK focused on growing UK businesses with a focus on place and smart cities. Alex Weedon will speak about the support that CPC is providing to SMEs and industry through public sector accelerators and innovation procurement mechanisms that enable adoption of climate change solutions. Gavin Slater will share how the City of Glasgow is aiming to address the historic industrialization challenges facing the city from aging infrastructure, fuel poverty and air pollution by integrating planned regeneration and development with smart city capabilities.
One such project is Glasgow’s Smart Street which plans to include district heating, an innovative roof mounted solar PV canopy, ducted wind turbines, energy arbitrage, power storage, EV charging, and smart grid controls. Llewelyn Morgan will share the work of the innovation team at Oxfordshire County Council on developing a carbon sink for the region using satellite data, air quality monitoring, a zero emissions zone and even the first-of-its-kind affordable and scalable moss wall to manage air quality near school children.
Head of Innovation, Oxfordshire County Council
Llewelyn has built up, and leads one of the UKs leading Local Government Innovation services. Focusing on a collaborative R&D approach, this has helped build a large team at no extra cost to the Council while also enabling the Council to play a key role in supporting the development of new sector growth in the county. The team now works across all sectors that a Council touches with projects ranging from CAV, UAV, EV Infrastructure, Air Quality, Health and Social care and even in the potential of Quantum processing.
Director of SME Development & Academic Engagement, Connected Places Catapult
Alex is a specialist in the commercialisation of innovation with over 15 years’ of experience in complex markets, from medicine and devices to transport and cities. He is a specialist in IP, commercial and public procurement law, having overseen thousands of agreements related to the commercialisation of technology. Alex understands the regulatory and practical barriers to new market entrants, and has supported hundreds of high-tech, high-growth businesses, helping them to win commercial traction, enter new markets and raise over £100m in investment. He has also supported improved public sector procurement practice and supported the creation of new investment funds.