Energy road show calls into Manchester

A national energy road show will be in Manchester on Friday 6 September.

The British Energy Challenge exhibition features over 40 national and Manchester-based companies, who will showcase what they're doing in relation to future opportunities and challenges for the country's energy supply.

Attendees will learn about how our energy is generated and where it goes, as well as find out about what changes to energy supplies mean for consumers.

Visitors have the opportunity to put their climate change questions to Met Office scientists, see how the National Grid is planning for the future and get a preview of what a sustainable house of the future may look like.

Alongside the exhibition will be a British Energy Challenge discussion event led by the chief scientific advisor to the Department of Energy & Climate Change Professor David MacKay; Mark Lynas, climate change author and Mark Atherton, GM's Environment Director.

They will discuss future needs with an invited audience of key figures from across Greater Manchester.

The discussion will highlight ways to produce a 'pathway to 2050', and propose how the UK can keep greenhouse gas emissions down whilst still providing affordable energy.

The event is being arranged in partnership with the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, which brings together representatives from business, local authorities, universities and the third sector to deliver Greater Manchester's leading edge ambitions on green and low carbon issues.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and chairman of Greater Manchester's Low Carbon Hub, will open the exhibition at 10am.

Sir Richard said: "It's vital we raise awareness of the energy challenges that we're facing. Greater Manchester is already delivering on our ambitious vision, but there is more we need to do."

The roadshow is free and is open to the public. To register for the event please visit:

  • The event begins at 10am on Friday 6 September and takes place at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester.

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JDA Architects are delighted to be exhibiting at the road show with their “BREEAM outstanding” zero energy cost design for industrial units. Bill Jennings said “We will be showing people the world’s first BREEAM outstanding “industrial unit” complex, our client; Dave Armstrong, was delighted to receive “Business of the Year Award 1202” for the project amongst numerous other awards. . For more information, visit the exhibition or see

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