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Icebreaker One launches £901,000 net zero Covid-19 recovery project

Non-profit organisation Icebreaker One has launched a £901,000 project to support a green recovery from Covid-19.

Project Cygnus has been selected to receive funding as part of the “Pandemic Response Projects”, one of the two instruments of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Crisis Response Initiative – a €60 million initiative launched in May 2020 to contribute to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Icebreaker One has joined forces with the Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh, the University College Dublin (UCD) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to deliver Project Cygnus.

The first phase of the initiative will deploy the £901,000 to analyse current economic and environmental investment trends.

This will include those caused by the current pandemic as well as those pre-dating Covid-19 but which might have been exacerbated by it.

The aim is to develop strategies for investment and policymaking that will address fragility and opportunities in the current systems that have been exposed by the pandemic.    

It will identify potential investment risks, and opportunities to drive both carbon neutrality and economic growth.

It will also unpack how to unlock access to data flows that can fuel informed future investment and policy decisions in a timely, robust and scalable manner. 

Collaboration with public and private sectors

The knowledge and insights gathered will be used to develop tools, data infrastructure and policy recommendations, as well as economic modelling needed to support a post-pandemic transition that addresses net-zero investments.

Phase two will build on the foundations of the first phase by providing investors, policy makers and decision-makers with tools to address the challenges of achieving economic recovery while also transitioning to net-zero.

Central to the success of Project Cygnus will be collaboration with partners across the public and private sectors.

Icebreaker One is calling on national and regional administrations, asset managers, investors and leaders to engage with the project.

Gavin Starks, Icebreaker One founder and chief executive, said: “Both Covid-19 and climate change are major economic and social threats: it is vital that we tackle them in tandem.

“If we are serious about building resilient and sustainable economies we also need to be serious about achieving net-zero: the two are intrinsically linked.

“As the saying goes, ‘never waste a good crisis’ — as vast investments are unlocked to help restart our economies we have a unique opportunity to build into the future we want. This project will help us make decisions based on facts, evidence and needs combined with cutting-edge research and data science.”

Icebreaker One is actively calling on organisations, leaders and investors from across the public and private sectors to participate in the project.

The Smart Transport October 2020 Conference - 'Connecting policy to solutions'

Smart Transport’s autumn conference will be held virtually across three days in October to help showcase solutions to government policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

The bi-annual event was due to take place at etc. venues Manchester Piccadilly this October, but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smart Transport has taken the decision to hold an online event instead on October 20, 21 and 22.

Smart Transport editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: "We may have been prevented from staging the 'real' event this year, but our Virtual Smart Transport Conference will be a wonderful alternative, offering delegates, exhibitors and sponsors many of the benefits and features they love most over the three days in October.

"Our stunning digital event platform will put delegates right in the room, replicating the familiar surroundings of the conventional conference with seminars, live Q&A, polls, interactive chats and numerous network opportunities."

All speakers for the October dates will present virtually using Smart Transport’s digital event platform.

There will also be areas for delegates to network and collaborate with other senior smart transport experts on the practical steps needed for private sector solutions to turn the Government’s vision into reality.

The diverse range of private sector leaders from the intelligent transport industry will share their passion and vision to bring the concept of ‘mobility for all’ to life during the three day virtual event, including exploring how Covid-19 has greatly impacted all modes of travel.

There will also be virtual stands for all the event partners for delegates to interact with on each day of the event.

Smart Transport would like to thank its headline strategic partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, AECOM, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, Liberty Global, Macquarie, PJA, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

Register now for FREE entry smarttransport.org.uk

Key topics to be discussed across the three day event include:

  • Impact of Covid-19 and decarbonisation of the freight industry
  • Strategic placemaking - integrating place and mobility, ‘levelling up’ towns
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the real world: The projects and trials that prove the use case
  • Decarbonising mobility - What have we learnt from Covid-19?
  • Liveable streets, cities and towns after the lockdown
  • Bringing together public and private sector to enable innovation
  • Tackling transportation challenges with big data
  • Public transport and shared mobility

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