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24 Jul 2012 07:07:34

London Cleantech Cluster launched to coordinate programmes and support cleantech business across the capital

The London Cleantech Cluster (LCC) was officially launched on 18 July at an event held in the offices of law firm Taylor Wessing LLP, in London. The LCC has been founded by Rushlight Events. Founding supporters include the Greater London Authority, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, City of London Corporation, London Accord, Cleantech Investor, Clean Capital, Wax Chandlers, London Hydrogen Partnership and University College London.

The objectives of the LCC include:

• supporting cleantech businesses in the London region and attracting new cleantech businesses to London
• international outreach (attracting overseas businesses to London; attracting international investment for cleantech; and supporting export initiatives by cleantech companies)
• facilitating the deployment of sustainable solutions and markets for clean technologies across the region.

Clive Hall, the CEO of Rushlight Events, describes the LCC as a new organisation which is "designed to provide the glue across the various initiatives and activities taking place across the capital in order to support cleantech businesses and speed up the adoption of sustainable solutions."

According to Hall: "A number of new initiatives are being developed to achieve these objectives, including the London Sustainability Network for businesses who are looking to source sustainable solutions, Just Ask service to help cleantech businesses needing advice and a Directory of organisations that are active in the sector. LCC will be well-placed to be the central point for all sustainable activity in the region and can provide the kind of support that the Regional Development Agencies used to provide in part before they ceased operation about a year ago."

Hall presented a summary of the activities of the leading organisations in the area at the launch event. According to Hall, "The numbers of cleantech businesses and existing cleantech programmes demonstrate the strengths of the region and the opportunity presented by bringing them all together. In many ways, all the ingredients for a very successful cluster already exist. What is missing is the coordination and cooperation between the parties which can assist with the achievement of the common goals. The LCC aims to fill that gap."

Dennis Hayter, VP business development at Intelligent Energy and a major participant in the London Hydrogen Partnership, updated attendees on the activities of the partnership and the current timeline of the UK H2 Mobility initiative. "The uptake of hydrogen in London for energy and transport purposes will play a significant part in reducing CO2 emissions, reducing harmful air pollutant emissions and improving Londoners' health and quality of life – and help in the transition of London to an economically thriving low carbon capital, delivering investment, growth and jobs" said Hayter.

Anne McIvor, CEO of Cleantech Investor and publisher of Cleantech Magazine reviewed a range of different clusters around the world and compared locations across the UK with particular strengths in different parts of the sector. Cleantech Investor will take a leading role in the LCC international outreach programme, including liaison with clusters around the world. She noted that "Cleantech clusters exist in many different forms around the world. Key drivers behind the emergence of successful clusters include favourable government policy (including measures to attract inward investment, the encouragement of innovation and proactive policy around resource security) and the existence of funding. London has a head start in terms of the cluster of investors located in the region."

The LCC has established partnership arrangements with two organisations that fit very well with the London Sustainability Network and related activities: Carbon Table and Planet Positive.

The LCC is now open for membership and active participation by any organisation that is active in the cleantech sector in the London region – whether they are located in London or elsewhere. For further information on membership contact us.

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