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Dr Joanne Wade OBE, Deputy Director, The Association of Decentralised Energy (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the key commitments made in the 2017 Clean Growth Strategy including moving towards widescale use of low carbon efficiency energy 
  • Understanding the role of central and local government in reaching the legislative target of net-zero emissions by 2050, such as through halving the energy usage of new public sector buildings by 2030
  • Discussing the potential funding available for the public sector such as the Rural Community  Energy Fund (RCEF), which is a £10 million programme aimed at supporting rural communities in England to create renewable energy projects  
  • Establishing Local Energy Hubs to provide practical support to Local Authorities and LEPs to help them undertake the early stages of local and community energy projects
  • Announcing £30 million of funding in April 2019 as part of The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which will be allocated by UKRI to organisations developing smart local energy systems through new technologies, cheaper renewables, energy storage and more
  • Highlighting how the current surge in support for environmental issues within society can help local authorities to gain public buy-in for low carbon growth  

Patrick Allcorn, Head of Local Energy, The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Discussing the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge and the 12 projects taking place across the UK to revolutionise local energy systems by improving efficiency at lower costs to reduce consumer energy bills
  • Outlining how organisations from across the public and private sector should be working together to share research and expertise in order to deliver new approaches to clean energy
  • Understanding what the future may look like when innovating local energy systems by analysing the progress made so far from the Energy Revolution Programme launched in 2018
  • Highlighting the impact that artificial intelligence and machine learning will have on the delivery of local energy systems and how local authorities and public sector organisations can be embracing this to ensure they are prepared for the future of energy efficiency

Rob Saunders, Deputy Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme, Innovate UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding how Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project was established with the aim of becoming the first village to cut its carbon output
  • Discussing how Ashton Hayes established a Community Interest Company to manage their renewable energy project
  • Outlining how this project was established with the aim of building the towns renewable energy capacity as well as producing profits that could help the community become more sustainable
  • Highlighting the success of this scheme and how it has helped to encourage local people to think about their carbon footprint

Kate Harrison, Director Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how the South East London Community Energy (Selce) provides clean energy through community-owned renewable energy sources with the aim of reducing carbon emissions
  • Understanding how Selce alleviates fuel poverty by helping vulnerable residents to identify where they could make savings whilst funding home energy improvements such as boiler replacements for below-average income households
  • Exploring how Selce raised over £370,000 in community shares to fund the establishment of solar farms for schools, churches and local businesses to reduce carbon emissions
  • Discussing the pilot scheme launches by Selce, Future Fit Homes, that aims to improve the awareness of local homeowners in to how they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes by raising awareness of the benefits such as increasing the value of their home

Dr Giovanna Speciale, Chief Executive Officer, South East London Community Energy (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how Oxford-based Low Carbon Hub have established a community energy organisation to deliver renewable energy to schools, businesses and community groups in the local area
  • Discussing how this community energy project has saved 1343 tonnes of CO2 every year through 43 renewable energy installations
  • Highlighting the range of innovation pilots being trialled by the Low Carbon Hub in partnership with local authorities, LEPs and higher education institutions
  • Sharing best practice of the collaboration between local authorities and community energy projects to identify opportunities for renewable energy

Barbara Hammond MBE, Chief Executive Low Carbon Hub (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how Re:fit aims to accelerate delivery of wide ranging programmes of retrofit to existing structures to increase their energy efficiency, and renewable energy projects to  reduce costs and generate income for public sector organisations
  • Highlighting the key benefits of retrofitting existing infrastructure, including financial benefits such as reducing energy costs as well as other benefits such as creating safer and more reliable working environments with fewer equipment failures 
  • Understanding how public sector organisations can benefit from the support provided by Local Partnerships to help deliver energy-saving projects including legal, financial and technical assistance  
  • Exploring the success of the Re:fit programme; including helping over 250 organisations engage in retrofitting projects and investing £180 million in to these projects since its inception in 2009  

Rachel Toresen-Owuor, Programme Director- Re:fit Local Partnerships (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring how Salix have funded over 17,700 projects with 2,700 public bodies in an effort to implement energy efficient technology whilst simultaneously reducing carbon emissions.
  • Outlining the funding schemes provided by Salix, including the Salix Energy Efficient Loans Scheme (SEELS) and the Salix Recycling Funds.
  • Understanding the importance of knowledge sharing within the public sector to ensure that all organisations can benefit from technological advancements that can help deliver long-term energy efficient schemes as well as cost saving
  • Highlighting how the public sector should be prioritising clean energy as a method of reducing costs long term, which will lead to more budget being available to spend on other services

Beth Williams, Programme Manager, Salix (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining how Cambridgeshire County Council secured £20 million of investment to make energy-saving retrofits to council building and schools across the county 
  • Understanding how the scheme will look to deliver 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 savings over its lifetime as well as £1,138,000 savings per year  
  • Discussing how Cambridgeshire County Council was able to provide funding to academies in the area by developing an innovative Managed Service Arrangement (MSA) in order to improve their energy efficiency  
  • Highlighting the key changes made under the Re:Fit programme to improve energy efficiency, including fitting solar panels, boiler replacements, lighting upgrades, improved insulation and modifying building controls 

Sheryl French, Mobilising Local Energy Investment, Cambridge County Council (CONFIRMED)

  • The Global Challenge
  • Local Solutions; Exploring the public sector’s response to the climate emergency
  • From a declaration to implementation; A framework for climate action
  • How can we help?

Richard Rugg, Managing Director, Programmes and Innovation, Carbon Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the impact that community energy projects can have to help public sector organisations transition to low carbon energy alternatives  
  • Exploring how Community Energy England helps encourage the move towards clean energy by supporting organisations and providing them with expertise from community energy organisations  
  • Highlighting funding available to public sector organisations to assist in the move towards community energy projects, such as; Community Partnering Fund, Community Business Bright Ideas Fund and London Community Energy Fund  
  • Outlining the key findings from Community Energy England’s State of the Sector 2019 report, including the need for clear guidance and support for the sector to ensure a consistent level of long-term growth  

Duncan Law, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Community Energy England (CONFIRMED)

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