Innovative Low Carbon Working Group

Introduction

The Innovative Low Carbon Working Group (ILCWG) is a cross-sector network that brings together those working in the field of low carbon innovation. It is part of the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM) that was set up on 1 January 2018.  The ILCWG aims to share information and good practice and catalyse new partnerships and collaborative activities that help to develop, use and promote science and technology to improve prosperity and quality of life. It responds in particular to three of the four identified market strengths given in the publication of the 2017 West Midlands Science and Innovation Audit: energy storage and systems, next generation transport and sustainable construction – all of which are underpinned by low carbon activity. It also aligns its activities with national policy and strategy, for example the Clean Growth Strategy and Industrial Strategy as well as the innovation and sustainability priorities of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The ILCWG meets every quarter and current members of the Group can be found here (correct as of 30 January 2018).

Why run this network?

SWM supports the IAWM with the coordination and running of the ILCWG and has done so since 20 January 2014.

The ILCWG opens the door to innovation.  It not only provides the opportunity to spark new projects in the low carbon space, but also brings together those with a passion for science and technology.  It is the only network we coordinate that contains members from the large private sector, SME sector, local authority sector, universities sector and third sector.  It also complements the other networks run by SWM and allows for cross-fertilisation of aims of themes.

Audience

Anyone from any sector with a role related to low carbon innovation, in particular around energy, transport and sustainable construction, is welcome to join the ILCWG.  However, we ask that each member prior to joining can answer yes to each of the following:

  • Your work and your organisation’s aims and vision contribute to a thriving innovation ecosystem within the low carbon space.
  • You wish to be part of the IAWM and see the benefits of working with fellow members of the ILCWG and other partners to stimulate growth in the West Midlands low carbon economy sector.
  • Your role or their organisation focuses on the development of low carbon projects not limited to energy, transport and/or sustainable construction.
  • You are based, or have representatives based in the West Midlands and/or are wishing to contribute to work in this area.
  • You wish to contribute to ILCWG meetings by offering opportunities for collaboration on projects or providing updates on funding calls.
  • You wish to contribute to ILCWG meetings by sharing good practice either via verbal updates or more formal presentations.

Although our outreach will largely focus on the West Midlands, we welcome national bodies or those outside the West Midlands region joining the network if it is appropriate for their role – and appreciate that most ILCWG meetings will take place in or around Birmingham!

Chair of the NetworkBirm car recharging 2013-IMG_1072

Mike Woollacott, Director at Greenwatt Technology, Chairs the Group.  Mike has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the low carbon innovation space and his business focuses on renewable energy, low carbon vehicles and low carbon action planning. Mike is a strong supporter of the IAWM you can find out more about Mike here.

Testimonials

“Attending ILCWG has given me the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who have the commitment to making an impact on the low carbon economy in an area I’m passionate about. I’ve made some very good connections that have resulted in exciting business discussions and are evolving into commercial opportunities for my company. I see this group as very important to the work I am doing within this sector.” — Richard Tandy, Business Development Manager, Orsted

“I find the ILCWG an excellent opportunity for learning about both existing and proposed low carbon initiatives in the West Midlands and for developing an awareness of the range of activities across the region. It is also an opportunity for networking, for developing contacts and for finding partners and advice. Only this week I have drawn on the experience of a contact made through the ILCWG to obtain advice on a project on which I am working.” — Ric Bravery, Sustainability Officer, City of Wolverhampton Council

“The ILCWG is the only forum I can think of that combines innovation, future thinking, emerging themes and technologies, regular funding opportunities, interesting speakers and that stimulates discussion and debate in an open and constructive environment. You always come away with a new contact.” — Mark Smith, Low Carbon Adviser, Groundwork West Midlands

“Networking and understanding new approaches to supporting low carbon businesses is an important part of my role. I find the Innovative Low Carbon Working Group to be a very useful way of catching up with colleagues across the West Midlands on what they are working on, what funding is available and the details of new low carbon activities.” — Andrew Todd, Business & Regional Engagement Manager, University of Warwick

Interested in joining?

If you’d like to join this exciting network, please contact enquiries@swm.org.uk or call 0121 237 5890.

Also, please have a browse through our Events and News pages for any information and workshops coming up around low carbon innovation, and do interrogate our Resources page to find any resources from previous ILCWG meetings.