Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Visits MK:Smart

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Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart and Conservative Council Group Leader Cllr Edith Bald have welcomed Amber Rudd to the Open University to show off the Smart City Project currently taking place across the City.

The Secretary of State met with MK:Smart, which is a £16M three-year Smart City initiative involving a consortium of local, national and international partners, which sees Milton Keynes benefit from an £8M Higher Education Funding Council for England Catalyst grant.

MK:Smart is developing innovative solutions to tackle demand and utilisation issues associated with the city’s key transport, water and energy infrastructures.

“I was delighted to welcome Amber Rudd to Milton Keynes and show off what great work we are doing as a smart city,” said Cllr Edith Bald.

“There is so much potential here using data to help to inform and transform the way we do things, what is essential now is to move from research into action on the ground,” she added.

“It was great to meet with the MK:Smart team and find out all about their work,” the Secretary for Energy and Climate said.

“There is amazing research and real innovative ideas coming out of it. I hope collaboratively we can see those ideas become a reality and help to solve the challenges a growing City like Milton Keynes faces.”