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News Report Page 11 of 17
Publication Date:- 2018-14-04
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Andy Burnham opens 'Moving North' Conference, focusing on the business opportunities from the shift to greener transport

THE Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, together with leading speakers from the Northern Powerhouse, the automotive industry and related sectors, came together, on Thursday, 12 April 2018, to discuss the future of greener transport in the North and the resulting business opportunities.

Following on from Manchester's recent Green Summit, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership's (LowCVP) 2018 'Moving North' Conference focused on the challenge of cutting carbon emissions and air pollution from transport, and seizing the business opportunities; across the automotive and fuel supply chains, and through to transport companies and innovators in the Northern Powerhouse.

The event opened with a keynote address by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, whose key question was:- "Can devolution of power to the English regions accelerate the change to greener transport? At our Green Summit in March, over 700 people came together to help us set a pathway for making Greater Manchester 1 of the greenest City Regions, in Europe. Low carbon transport is clearly a vital component of that ambition. Proposals on the table include establishing a new public sector led commercial model for the Greater Manchester electric vehicle (GMEV) charging network this year and doubling the size of the network. If we are to tackle the challenges involved in reducing transport emissions in the region, and support growing demand for greener travel, it is vital that we bring all sectors together and move as 1. We must be bold in our ambitions and keep our eyes on the significant long term benefits, not just the short term challenges. Greater Manchester wants to move to an emissions free bus fleet and we will look at whether new bus powers for Mayors of combined authorities can help us to achieve this faster. Being among the 1st to fully embrace new green technologies has the potential to bring huge economic advantages, and Greater Manchester is primed and ready to take that step. The automotive industry is hugely important for jobs in the UK, and the next generation of ultra low emission vehicles will provide huge opportunities for our digital and manufacturing sectors."

The Moving North Conference was held in association with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). It was supported by Manchester Metropolitan University; the host for the event; and sponsored by GEFCO and Uber.

The conference featured a range of high profile speakers including:-

► Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

► Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

► Bob Moran, Deputy Head, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV.)

► Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT.)

► Ian Constance, Chief Executive, Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC.)

► Lawrence Davies MBE, Chief Executive, Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO.)

Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM.)

► Peter Molyneux, Major Roads Director, Transport for the North (TfN.)

► Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP.)

► Carol Holden OBE, Chief Executive, Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA.)

► Dave Roberts, Director, Smart Interventions, EA Technology.

Andy Eastlake, Managing Director, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), commented:- "I'm delighted that the LowCVP has been able to bring together a number of different sectors, including:- the automotive and energy industries, as well as, Governmental / Public Sector organisations, 'new mobility' companies and other stakeholders, to look at the future of transport in the Northern Powerhouse Region; and beyond. This future will be driven by ever tighter regulation of carbon dioxide and pollutant emissions, coupled with growing demand from users for cleaner and more efficient vehicles and the energy to power them. This transition offers huge opportunities for businesses in the automotive, fuels and related sectors."

Carol Holden OBE, Chief Executive, Northern Automotive Alliance (NAA), added:- "I hope this event will play a key role in moving us towards a local, joined up approach for a Northern low carbon vehicle industry vision and strategy, as well as raising the profile of our regional assets and research, and starting the debate about funding and support mechanisms that make sense for a diverse, geographically spread community."

So what are your views on this?  Should Liverpool also follow this? Please email us via:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com and let us know what you think...

Formby Golfer Wins Trip of a Lifetime

Mackenzie Williams is the 3rd from left, in this photograph.  He has blue shorts and a white t-shirt that has a round logo on it.

FORMBY golfer Makenzie Williams has just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Carlsbad, California, courtesy of nationwide golf retailer American Golf and worldwide golf equipment giant TaylorMade Golf.

Mackenzie Williams is in the chap in centre of the photograph, with black shorts

Mackenzie, a 30yr old M.O.D contractor from Formby was delighted with his win. On his return from the trip he said:- "I thought the hospitably shown by both TaylorMade and American Golf was unbelievable. As a customer who was automatically entered into an online completion, to win was amazing. The whole week was perfectly planned and included once in a lifetime tours of TaylorMade HQ, custom driver fitting at The Kindgom and the chance to play 1 of the best golf courses in Southern California."

Joanne Beddows, American Golf manager at Mackenzie's local Aintree Retail Park store was delighted to see a local golfer win the prize. She said:- "The photos of the trip look amazing. Anyone who loves their golf couldn't help but be jealous of the experience. I'm delighted that Mackenzie can now get on the course with his custom fitted TaylorMade equipment. I can assure all his golfing friends that they can get all the same equipment and club fitting at our store, it's just not quite as glamorous as California!"

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