The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) is hosting a free workshop looking at the policies needed to support local and community energy as part of Europe's transition to a low carbon future.
Professor Erik Bichard from SoBE is hosting the regional workshop on Tuesday 15 September at The Lowry Arts Centre, Salford, as part of the MILESECURE-2050 EU low carbon and energy security research project.
There are a limited number of spaces available, open to anyone involved involved in local energy initiatives whether as a participant, academic, enabler or policy-maker for what promises to be an energetic and though-provoking day.
If you’d like to join us, you’ll need to register beforehand by contacting Dr Catherine Barlow email@example.com. Instructions for getting to the Lowry are here, attendance is free, and the day starts at 9.00am, ends at 3.45pm and includes refreshments and lunch.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the policies that we need to ensure that community-scale action can be a significant part of Europe’s commitment to achieve a secure and decarbonised economy by the middle of the century. The workshop will result in some innovative and imaginative proposals which will be taken back to the project partners and ultimately the European Commission.
We have some provocative and engaging speakers for the day, including Peadar Kirby, chair of the Board of Cloughjordan ecovillage in Ireland; Roy Alexander from Ashton Hayes’ carbon neutral project; Geoff Tomlinson from Marple Energy Saving Strategy (MESS); Beth Perry, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures at the University; Caroline Downey, former Executive Director of MERCi (Manchester Environmental Resource Centre initiative); Charlie Baker of RED Cooperative; Katy Roelich from the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University and Cllr. Sue Derbyshire, Chair of GM Low Carbon Hub.