This free 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 Lancashire, the North West and the rest of the UK. The day is about understanding how these varied stakeholders can maximise collaboration and positive outcomes while working together throughout transition.

The conference is running two separate sessions: morning and afternoon. Attendees may register for an individual session or register for the full day.

The morning will be most relevant for industry and business stakeholders, while the afternoon is aimed at local planning officers, neighbourhood planning and community energy groups. The morning session will include the following presentations followed by a Q&A with all presenters.

Lancashire’s Energy Strategy, Strategic Innovation Audit and local provision on the ground – Miranda Barker, CEO, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. This presentation will highlight the work being carried out in Lancashire on energy, innovation and low carbon industries, and the opportunities and challenges facing business and local government.

Planning for the Climate Crisis – Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, TCPA. This presentation outlines the kind’s measures local authorities and businesses can adopt to reduce carbon and help build resilience.

Community Energy & Business Partnerships – Gill Fenna, Quantum Strategy & Technology Ltd. This presentation will look at how businesses can benefit from working with community energy organisations to install renewable energy at their sites with no upfront costs.

The morning session will be followed by Lunch at 12.15pm, including time for registering for the afternoon session which begins at 1pm. The afternoon session will include the following presentations:

Planning for a low carbon future – Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, TCPA. This 90 minute session provided a more detailed opportunity to explore what the planning system can do now to reduce carbon emissions. The session is part presentation on existing government law and policy and part based on case studies of innovation in local plan policy.

Integrating Community Energy into Neighbourhood Planning – Dan Stone and Graham McGrath, Centre for Sustainable Energy; Gill Fenna, Quantum Strategy & Technology Ltd and Burneside Community Energy. This session will outline how Neighbourhood Plans can integrate energy considerations and community energy into planning policy, using a case study.

Registration with tea and coffee will begin at 9.00am for a 9.45am start, with the event due to finish at approximately 3.45pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The conference is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Further information on the agenda and travelling to the venue will be emailed to attendees in due course.

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