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Invest in Manchester: Low Carbon Business Opportunities for Japanese companies

About this event

Greater Manchester has set an ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2038 – which is 12 years ahead of the UK’s national target – opening up significant innovation and market opportunities for Japanese companies to invest in the region and help build a leading sustainable city of the future.

Government, academia and businesses across the city region are ready and waiting to collaborate with forward-thinking innovators to discover, develop and deploy new technologies across transport, energy, retrofitting and much more.

Whether you are looking to expand in the UK, relocate your UK HQ or set up your first European overseas operation, this webinar will showcase why Manchester is a first-choice destination for pioneering and ambitious companies.

You will also hear directly from two Japanese companies: Kansai Electric Power Company and Exergy Power Systems about their experiences in Manchester, and how they are capitalising on the opportunities presented by the city region’s 2038 carbon neutral target.


Date : 9 February 2022

Start time: 8am GMT / 5pm JST

Chair: Jo Ahmed, Global Employer Services Partner at Deloitte and Honorary Consul of Japan in Manchester

Opening Remarks and Welcome – Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester

Introduction from Minister Katahira, Economic Minister, Embassy of Japan

Introducing Greater Manchester, the Heart of the Northern Powerhouse – Councillor Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council & Greater Manchester portfolio lead for Economy & Business

Greater Manchester’s Economic Vision – Film

Panel Discussion: The Creation of a Post-Carbon Metropolis: Greater Manchester’s Sustainability Priorities, Assets and 2038 Carbon Neutral Ambition

Panellists include:

  • Tim Newns, CEO, MIDAS, Greater Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency
  • Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Henry Dieudonné-Demaria, Head of Strategy, UK Emissions Trading, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Amer Gaffer, Director, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Centre

Spotlight Sessions: How is Greater Manchester delivering on its 2038 target? Hear about exemplar large scale net zero initiatives and opportunities across the city-region.

  1. The Mayoral Development Corporation, Stockport, Paul Richards, Director of Development and Regeneration, Stockport Metropolitan Council
  2. Trafford Energy Park, Eric Adams, Director, Carlton Power

Case Study – Hisatsugu Nakamura, The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.

Case Study – Dr Mike Musil, CEO, Exergy Power Systems


Closing Remarks

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