Belfast based CATAGEN hosted Mayors from Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool on Wednesday 30 March 2022 on behalf of Belfast City Council’s Climate Commissioner, Debbie Caldwell.
Andrew Woods, CEO at CATAGEN welcomed Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Steve Rotherham, Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland and Lord Mayor of Belfast Kate Nicholl to the Net Zero Technology Centre in Titanic Quarter.
Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, with a collective population of over 5 million, will come together to form a cooperative partnership in June 2022 to develop practical approaches to accelerate the delivery of net-zero commitments in our cities and city regions.
It is hoped the four cities will collaborate on delivering Net Zero and the trip is focused on current efforts to decarbonise transport, heat and industry using innovations in hydrogen production, storage and use across the four cities.
CATAGEN, a net zero technologies company is currently working on new approaches “to clean and decarbonise the air” including the production of a Green Hydrogen Generator (not an electrolyser), an e-fuel generator and carbon capture technology.
Green hydrogen is deemed a ‘Fuel of the Future’. It is produced from 100% renewable energy producing zero carbon emissions and can be suitable for applications such as heavy-duty vehicles, off-road vehicles, marine and aviation as well as heating and providing an energy solution for industry sectors.
CATAGEN, a spin-out from Queen’s University Belfast already sells its patented emissions testing services to global automotive manufacturers and is approved by the UK Vehicle Certification Agency and Europe’s Applus IDIADA. Its expertise in the mobility sector combined with its deep domain knowledge of global emissions regulatory standards has led the company to patent further technologies to reduce emissions in the race to Net Zero.
Dr Andrew Woods, CEO and Co-Founder at CATAGEN commented,
“The team is delighted to host the Mayors of Belfast, Dublin, Manchester and Liverpool at our facility today and to showcase the best that Northern Ireland has to offer in terms of cutting-edge technology to produce Green Hydrogen and E-fuels and contribute to net zero targets. The recent IPCC report once again warned us of the sense of urgency needed to move to a decarbonised society for generations to come and it’s hoped this collaboration will lead to further partnership opportunities”.
CATAGEN also welcomed key companies working towards net zero to its site to showcase the synergy and partnerships in Northern Ireland including Translink, Artemis Technologies, MJM Marine, Northern Ireland Water, Queen’s University Belfast, B9, Wrightbus and Belfast Metropolitan College’s GENCOMM team.
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