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Planning for a Climate Emergency: delivering a net zero carbon economy in the West Midlands

25th July, 2019   9:30am to 3:30pm

Ludlow Race Club Limited, Bromfield

This conference brings together business, local government and community groups, who all play important but differing roles accelerating the clean energy and low carbon economy transition in the West Midlands. A series of workshops and presentations will run throughout the day, relating to local and neighbourhood planning, local governance and opportunities for business growth in the low carbon sector.  

The day is divided into morning and afternoon sessions - attendees may register for an individual session or the full day. Registration for the morning session begins at 9.30am, a catered lunch and registration for the afternoon session will begin at 12.45pm. The morning session is aimed at local planning officers and neighbourhood plan steering group members, while the afternoon is aimed at industry and business stakeholders, and will explore opportunities identified by the Midlands Energy Hub and Local Industrial Strategy. 

Morning session: 9.30 - 12.45: This session will include the following presentations followed by a Q&A with all presenters.

Implementing zero carbon policies to meet Climate Change Act targets – Sara Grimes, Corporate Sustainability Officer, Bath and Northeast Somerset Council. This presentation will be based around a case study on the West of England Authorities work with CSE on implementing zero carbon policies, auditing carbon emissions inherent in new development, and how this has potential to stimulate the local low carbon employment.

Planning for a low carbon future – Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, TCPA. Hugh will explore in detail  what the planning system can do now to reduce carbon emissions in an interactive workshop. There will be a presentation on existing government law and policy and example case studies of innovation in local plan policy.

Neighbourhood planning  for a climate crisis – Graham McGrath, Project Officer, Centre for Sustainable Energy. This session will outline how Neighbourhood Plans can integrate low carbon energy considerations along with climate change adaption and mitigation strategies into planning policy.

Lunch, networking and registration for afternoon session: 12.45 – 13.30 

Afternoon session: 13.30 - 15.30: This session will include the following presentations followed by a Q&A with all presenters.

Launch of Marches Energy Strategy - Graham Wynn OBE, Chair Marches LEP / Gill Hamer, Director Marches LEP.  To officially launch the Marches Energy Strategy.

The Midlands Energy Hub – Tim Yair, Regional Senior Energy Project Officer. This presentation will outline the role of the Midlands Energy Hub, and include an interactive session to explore the opportunities to develop an Action Plan to ensure the objectives and recommendations identified in the Marches Energy Strategy are met.

Developing the Local Industrial Strategy – Kathryn Jones, LEP Partnership Manager, Marches LEP / Alan Carr, Senior Sustainability Adviser, Sustainability West Midlands. The Marches Local Industrial Strategy is being developed with stakeholders. It will set out plans to boost productivity and support businesses to invest in low carbon opportunities across the Marches. This slot provides an opportunity to get involved in the process.

Registration with tea and coffee will begin at 9.30am for a 10.00am start, with the event due to finish at approximately 3.30pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The conference is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.