The job of the Tech Task Force is to build a political mandate for the UK to become an eco-innovation hub by showing how – with the right policy support – investment in technology can help boost productivity, competitiveness and create high quality jobs across the country while reducing our environmental impact.
Taking place at IET London: Savoy Place on Wednesday 12 September, the launch focused on the work of the Task Force and started the debate on how we ensure the innovation and technological advances that are needed to deliver clean growth benefit all parts of the country.
Other organisations involved range from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which works with manufacturing businesses of all sizes to bridge the gap between new technology concepts and their commercialisation, to Schneider Electric, a company working at the cutting edge of the digital transformation of energy management and automation.
Addressed by Claire Perry MP, the launch event also included a panel session with Dr Joanna Cox from the IET, Nick Cliffe, Head of Manufacturing Materials at InnovateUK, Professor Sam Turner, Chief Technology Officer at the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Greg Conary, VP Group strategy and government affairs of Schneider Electric and Chris Fry, Director of Infrastructure and Registration at Ramboll.
Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Strategic Engagement & Partnerships, said: “The IET’s mission is to Engineer a Better World, and sustainability remains a key global challenge. Tackling it not only will improve the environment in which we all live, but makes good business sense, future proofing companies and delivering products and services that meet all our needs.”