Programme

The programme below offers a wide selection of workshops, allowing attendees to choose one workshop out of five in every workshop session. It has been designed to allow delegates the possibility of attending most if not all workshops in their subject of interest if they choose to do so or take a ‘pick and mix’ approach. The workshops cover the following topics: community involvementcircular economy and wasteenergyhousingtransport, and land use.

There will be networking sessions during the conference and the ability to continue the conversation after the conference through membership of the Collective for Climate Action.

Thursday, 30th September

08:50

Introduction to Hopin

09:00

Aberdeen Climate Action & Aberdeen City Council Address

09:10

Keynote Speakers

09:30

First Workshop Session

Choose one of five workshops, each focused on a different aspect of the net zero transition through the lens of a successful local project.

Barcelona

Land Use

Learn more about how Barcelona have created and are carrying out an ambitious programme of re-greening to combat its heat island effect, noise, and air pollution. The city is connecting new green spaces with green corridors, with green roofing also being promoted and funded. Speaker Details.

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Bristol

Energy

How Bristol City Council is delivering impressive results in the financing and provision of local green energy and energy efficiency projects to achieve net zero by 2030. Speaker Details 

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Aberdeen City

Transport

Understand how Aberdeen City is using hydrogen in their transport system. This workshop will explore how the use of hydrogen in transport connects into Aberdeen´s wider energy strategy, and the partnerships that made this project successful.

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York

Housing

How the City of York Council is developing based on a design manual that ensures they can ‘build better places’, based on five principles: delivering the housing residents need, building healthy homes and neighbourhoods, creating distinctive and beautiful places which bring communities together, reducing impacts on the environment and residents’ energy bills, and supporting sustainable transport choice and connectivity. Speaker Details.

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Lewes

Planning

How Lewes District Council is using the planning system and planning technical advice notes covering sustainability, food growing, the circular economy and biodiversity and impact assessment checklists for all developments to create change within their region not just in relation to carbon and waste reduction but to boost health and wellbeing too. 

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10:15

Break – Networking & Expo Booths

10:30

Organisers Address

10:40

Second Workshop Session

Choose one of five workshops, each focused on a different aspect of the net zero transition through the lens of a successful local project.

Nottingham

Transport

Workshop covering how Nottingham is delivering sustainable transport, including low-carbon public transport, cycling/walking provisions, electric vehicle charging and planning methods, funded through their innovative Workplace Parking Levy. Speaker Details

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Apeldoorn

Circular Economy

Circular economy, recycled infrastructure, and raw material flows. How the Apeldoorn City Loops project is introducing new processes, procurement and business models and accounting, and financial methods to close the loop and make Apeldoorn a truly circular city. Speaker Details

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Manchester

Housing

Learn about the success of Carbon Co-operative in accelerating the energy retrofit of homes in Greater Manchester, the training of local contractors, and how a local authority and other local integration can help scale up this approach. Speaker Details

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Waltham Forest

Transport

Exploring the sustainable travel achievements in Waltham Forest, including significant cycle lane provision, cycle training, infrastructure improvements for pedestrians, and better accessibility to public transport. Speaker Details.

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Future Generations Commission

Community Engagement

Learn more about the opportunities Wales’ Future Generations Act provides in relation to taking local climate action. This workshop will include examples of action happening in Wales and elsewhere.

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11:25

Break

11:40

Third Workshop Session

Choose one of five workshops, each focused on a different aspect of the net zero transition through the lens of a successful local project.

mySociety

Members of mySociety’s Climate Team will provide a live demonstration of the Climate Action Plans Explorer. Your input will help inform the direction of mySociety’s Climate Programme, which is helping councils, community organisations, campaign groups and individual citizens to take faster, more informed and effective action to cut emissions at the local level through the deployment of data and digital services.

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Orkney

Energy

How Orkney Islands Council is maximising the potential of the islands’ renewable energy resources in a challenging rural environment, using methods at the leading edge of technology. Speaker Details

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Sero Homes

Housing

How Sero Homes is rethinking housing to be truly zero carbon, sustainable, innovative, high-quality, and friendly to wildlife and the environment. Hear about their new build housing developments, demand management trials and the Optimised Retrofit research partnership informing the Welsh Government’s approach. Speaker Details

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Ghent

Transport

How Ghent City Council has and is continuing to redirect and reduce vehicular traffic in their city centre, encouraging active travel, and enhancing its attractiveness for urban living.

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North Lancashire

Land Use

Learn how Lancaster City and County Councils and over 20 partners have collaborated with citizens, businesses, researchers, and policy makers to develop sustainable local food systems which are healthy, resilient, and fair. Speaker Details

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12:25

Break

12:40

Panel Discussion

How to consider and conceptualize getting to net zero holistically? Q&A session with Louise Marix Evans (Director, Quantum Strategy & Technology, formerly Senior Advisor, Committee on Climate Change,), Alex Minshull (Sustainable City and Climate Change Manager, Bristol City Council), and  Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive of The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

13:10

Call to Action and Wrap-Up

13:15

Closing Notes

The conference will remain open for delegates to explore Expo Booths, set up their own breakout meetings, and network.

​Mairi McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Minister for Finance and Local Government

Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor