12th September 2016

Time: 9.30 -11.30am. Panel to start at 10am prompt, preceded by tea and coffee
Venue: Main Auditorium, Siemens, Princess Road, Manchester M20 2UR 

This event will mark the upcoming launch of the Aldersgate Group’s latest report, Setting the pace: Northern England’s green economy, which considers how the North of England has benefitted from low carbon investment to date and what is needed to support its continued growth.

Low carbon initiatives in a diverse range of sectors -- manufacturing, energy infrastructure, biofuels, natural capital, smart heat, resource efficiency and offshore wind -- are taking off in the North East, North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber.  

Whilst low carbon projects are already having positive impacts on skilled employment, innovation, infrastructure resilience and clean energy generation in the region, there is still significant room for investment in this area to drive greater economic growth in the North and contribute towards the UK’s industrial strategy and environmental objectives.

Speakers will discuss the extent to which the North has seized opportunities in the growing low carbon economy, and debate what government at both local and national level can do to help the North attract further green investment.



  • Joan Walley, Chair, Aldersgate Group


  • Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury
  • Alan Simpson, former MP for Nottingham South (1992 - 2010), energy and environment advisor and campaigner
  • Matthew Knight, Director of Energy Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens
  • Neil Kenley, Director of Business Investment, Tees Valley Collective
  • Simon Clouston, Director - Energy Services & Commercial Property, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff


Please RSVP to confirm your interest but note that due to limited room capacity, places will only be confirmed by Wednesday 31 August. In the event of high levels of interest, priority will be given to Aldersgate Group members.

This event will be photographed and images used by the Aldersgate Group. 

The event will be live tweeted using #GreenNorth.