Course: Zero Carbon Britain: Live Online - Local Energy Solutions

Centre for Alternative Technology

Friday 21st May 2021 [email protected] 01654 704966 Short Courses Team

Cost: Waged £65; low waged/concession £45

Sectors: carbon, climate & energy, sustainability

Explore how to set up a community or local energy project.

To reach a Zero Carbon Britain we need to power up renewables and radically transform how we use energy. Community or locally developed projects can offer a better share of the income and the jobs, plus a genuine sense of pride in being part of the transition we know we must urgently make.

If you’d like to get a community energy project up and running or progress an existing project this online course will move your plans into positive and effective action. Through expert presentations and case studies from community projects, we’ll cover why renewable and local energy models are important, which options to go for, what you need to consider and how to get the community on board. 

Key information

  • Duration: various sessions over one day
  • Upcoming dates: Friday 21 May 2021
  • Start and finish times: 09:30am to 17:00pm (with timetabled breaks)
  • Fees: waged £65; low waged/concession £45
  • Includes: tuition, question and answer sessions, online course materials

What you will learn

Drawing on almost 50 years of our Zero Carbon Britain modelling and research, we’ll explore why and how we can transition to renewable energy and hear from experts in the field doing just that. Whether you’re interested in starting a new project, being part of an existing scheme or work for a local authority, learn how you can set up or progress your local energy project.

Speaker case studies and sessions

Amanda Smith: Former Head Teacher and CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain Training Manager

A clear and effective action plan is an essential component to effectively manage and deliver any project. Using the Four Directions approach outlined in the Zero Carbon Britain report, this session will explore how to identify the next steps in your energy project.

Sonya Bedford: Stephens Scown LLP and Zero Carbon Wedmore

Sonya’s session will unravel the legal requirements around renewable energy projects. She’ll cover how to look at title to land for sites, contracts that are needed for different types of projects and regulatory issues which might need to be dealt with, including provision of precedent documents for use in future projects.

Liz Warren: Frome Renewable Energy Co-op and District Heating Divas

No single organisation can tackle climate change alone. Even the smallest community energy project will involve local stakeholders, whether it’s the town or parish council, other local authorities, landowners, schools or your friends and neighbours. Presenting case studies from Frome Renewable Energy Co-op and District Heating Divas, Liz’s session will help you think about who to involve, why they matter to your project and how you might reach and engage them

Breaks, Q&As and networking

Across the day there will be timetabled discussion and reflection sessions, Q&As, networking and offline breaks to keep the online format refreshing and engaging.

Liz Bridge, an attendee on our Zero Carbon Britain: Live online course in November 2020, said of the online format:

“Having a background in learning and development I am always interested to learn from the approach of other organisations.

It was a fantastic combination of expert sessions, fabulously managed Q&A, and breakout group chats punctuated by ‘temperature check’ polls. Quickly broke the ice and the clever re-engineering of the breakout groups meant we probably connected with far more people than if we had been in a face to face session.”

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