A new state-of-the-art engineering and innovation centre helping to decarbonise the region’s transport sector has been officially opened by the West of England’s directly elected Mayor Dan Norris and Chief Secretary to the Treasury John Glen MP.
They opened the 13,500 sqm IAAPS building part-funded by a £10 million cash injection from Mayor Norris’ West of England Mayoral Combined Authority.
Located in the Bristol and Bath Science Park, which is in Emersons Green, IAPPS offers world-class expertise and the latest tech to clean up the region’s automotive and many other hard-to-electrify sectors, with things on site like specialist labs for cutting-edge research on delivering electric cars.
With transport accounting for around 44% of the West’s CO2 emissions, Mr Norris says the research centre will help make high-polluting vehicles a thing of the past, vital to helping take the steps towards reaching net zero.
The Mayoral Combined Authority has also provided over £4 million for the site’s trailblazing hydrogen work including over £2.5 million for their ‘Hydrogen Sustainable Transport Economy Accelerator’ project, including cash for kit to produce enough green hydrogen to cut their annual emissions by 84%.
IAAPS was officially opened by Mr Norris and Mr Glen who cut the ceremonial ribbon alongside Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, Professor Chris Brace, Executive Director of IAAPS, and others.