At this crucial time when local action to decarbonise is needed more than ever, we invite you to an event that will explore the potential of motivated communities and local authorities in Yorkshire and Humberside to contribute to the energy transition, the challenges they face and what is needed to catalyse the development of community-led energy projects across the region. The working group will take place 1-4 pm on 6 December 2019 in central Sheffield, near the train station.
This event will launch the "Catalysing People-powered Energy in Yorkshire and the Humber" report, produced by the Centre for Regional and Economic Research at Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration with Community Energy England. The research maps community energy activity in the region and analyses policy at the local level to gauge levels of support, identifying the gaps, barriers and challenges. This is summarised in the report, along with policy recommendations to expedite supportive action in the region. We want to bring together community energy organisations, local authorities, academics, funders and network operators to build on the research and help determine a constructive, practical and ambitious path forwards.
The event will include short talks from the researchers and Community Energy England:
Emma Bridge - Chief Executive of Community Energy England - will give a national perspective on policy and current opportunities.
Dr Will Eadson - Researcher at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research - will describe the results of his report and give recommendations on local policy decisions that could speed up and increase community participation in the energy transition.
Dr Timothy Braunholtz-Speight - Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Tyndall Manchester - will explain the future models of finance available for community-focused local energy projects.
After these talks we will facilitate an open session where delegates can share their knowledge and experiences of community energy in Yorkshire & the Humber and build on this to focus and articulate practical action and support over the next 18 months that will help catalyse development of the region's community energy sector, helping to ensure a just and sustainable energy transition that also addresses climate change in the urgent timescales that are needed.
Additional speakers may be announced before the event.
Join us in an exploration of how to create a just energy transition in communities in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Light refreshments, biscuits and cake will be served during the event.
The venue is 0.6 miles from Sheffield train station with disabled parking on site (and extra parking too). For directions click here. This is a diversity aware event so the venue is wheelchair accessible, there a gender-neutral toilet and we will provide a hearing aid induction loop.