Bath February 5th 2020

There was a good turnout of approximately 70 delegates and 14 speakers at the WCEN Climate Emergency conference in Bath on Wednesday 5th February . The event provided a great opportunity to better understand progress to date in development of Local Authority Climate Emergency Action Plans and potential help available from the community energy sector. We would like to thank Bath & North East Somerset Council for their support in hosting and helping to organise this event, including free use of the Banqueting Room at the Guildhall. We would also like to thank Wessex Water for sponsorship.

The buffet lunch was provided by Food for Thought, a wellbeing service managed by Bath Mind which runs cookery groups and catering for events. The service users include adults with mental health issues, carers, people who need additional support such as stroke survivors, the socially isolated and adults who are in recovery and have often just come off the streets. For further information please see https://www.bathmind.org.uk/what-we-do/share/food-for-thought/

PDF copies of the presentations are available from the links below:

Bath and North East Somerset Council – Jane Wildblood

Wiltshire Council -Cllr Richard Clewer

Stroud District Council- Cllr Simon Pickering

Frome Town Council – Anna Francis

Communities for Renewables (Response to Devon County Council) – Jake Burnyeat

Regen support for Local Authorities – Hazel Williams

Bath and West Community Energy- Pete Capener

Lockleaze Loves Solar – David Saunders

Schools Energy Co-operative (Energy4All) John Malone and Paul Phare

Solar For Schools – Shannon Jackson

Nadder Community Energy – Lucy and Gustavo Montes de Oca

Keynsham Community Energy- Mark Penny

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust and Ricardo Ltd- Warren Hicks

In addition, Mike Andrews from the Bristol- based C.H.E.E.S.E. community thermal imaging and energy advice project (now also working in Bath) attended the event with a display and leaflets. Here is a link to further information.

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