Coventry is set to become a hotbed for low carbon innovation after Coventry University, in partnership with Coventry City Council, was officially awarded global ‘Living Labs’ status by the Brussels-based European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
It makes the city one of only three UK sites to be granted the status in 2011.
The Coventry organisations’ membership of ENoLL will see the University’s Technology Park become a real-life test and experimentation environment for low carbon innovations, strengthening the city’s and the University’s existing green agenda. It is anticipated that the Living Labs branding will help attract investment in the area from both the UK and abroad, potentially creating new jobs as companies seek to trial their eco-friendly concepts and products in a new and purpose-built environment, and then export those ideas to the international community via ENoLL.
Writes Alex Roache…