Shadow Minister discusses emissions and innovation during visit to Manchester University

TShadow Secretary for Aviation and Shipping Mike Kane MP visited the University of Manchester to meet academics leading research into the urgent need to reduce emissions from shipping.

He also visited the site of ID Manchester, a joint venture between the two tuniversity and Bruntwood SciTech, which will transform the North campus into a £1.7 billion innovative technology and science location.

Mr Kane, Member of Parliament for Wythenshawe and Sale East, was briefed by Professor Alice Larkin and Dr. Simon Bullock, whose research sets out the immediate action needed to reduce emissions from shipping by 34% to stay on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The discussions follow Mr Kane’s comments in the House of Commons last month in which he expressed concern that the Government has yet to publish an updated Clean Maritime Plan to reduce emissions from UK shipping.

Following a meeting with Professor Richard Jones, the University’s Vice-President for Civic Engagement, the Shadow Minister was taken around ID’s nine-acre site in Manchester and briefed on the latest plans for the project by Tanya Graham, Head of Policy@Manchester, along with Bradley Topps, Commercial Director and Sam Darby, Director of Development, Bruntwood SciTech.

The initiative is expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs and bring significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the city, including more than 2 million square feet of commercial and retail space and more than 1,500 homes.

Professor Richard Jones said: “It was a pleasure to update Mike on the many exciting initiatives that the University of Manchester is currently involved in and to hear his views on the direction of public policy on a wide range of topics.

“Our ongoing research into emissions from shipping is directly relevant to his brief as Shadow Aviation and Shipping Secretary and will inform debates at both national and international level as politicians seek to meet the 1.5°C limit of the Paris Agreement.

“We are also proud and excited to be working with Bruntwood SciTech to deliver ID Manchester, a place where offices, laboratories and creative studios will stand side by side with a world-class university that will drive positive economic, social and environmental change. “

Mike Kane MP said: “I am grateful to Policy@Manchester for facilitating such a fascinating visit.

“As the MP for Manchester, I am very proud of the quality of research and teaching that takes place here. The work on emissions from shipping led by Professor Larkin and Dr. Bullock, is of particular quality and it was helpful for me to delve into their findings while meeting them.

“ID Manchester will have a transformative impact across the city region and far beyond, positively changing the lives of entrepreneurs, students, professionals and families.

“Life continues to be difficult for many as the cost of living crisis continues, but better times are yet to come for the people of Manchester.”

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