The Strategy and Business Development Director at SNC-Lavalin outlines the potential of the North of England to be a leader in low carbon energy for the UK; a global hub for research and innovation from academia to entrepreneurial start-ups and a pioneer of new and innovative energy solutions from smart grid technology amongst other opportunities. A recent visit to Hartlepool made me stop and reflect on the richness and diversity of the energy industry in the North of England. Up close to the Brent Delta oil rig being decommissioned on land within site of the comparatively tiny Hartlepool nuclear power station, made clear to me that there’s a huge and significant role for companies like Atkins to play in helping to develop and deliver a sustainable energy mix in the North. What was also surprising was the backdrop of the many offshore wind farms that dot the horizon all around the counties of the Northern Powerhouse. But it’s not just about the projects that are happening right now, it’s also about the future. Atkins is actively engaged in driving the whole energy market in the UK and Europe forward; our voice is an important, experienced one and through our connections with national and local government, and our ability to see the energy system as an interconnected system with transport and cities, we are making a real difference to how energy is made and used.
Politics Homes 10th April 2018 read more »