West Berkshire Climate Conference

From 28 October 2019 09:30 until 28 October 2019 16:00

Newbury College is pleased to host the first West Berkshire Climate Conference which is organised and run by West Berkshire Council in response to the Climate Emergency declared in July 2019. The event is free and open to the public.

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74% of West Berkshire lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the event will explore the challenges and opportunities for the Council, as a large rural local authority, in reaching a net carbon position by 2030.

The Conference will be opened by Richard Benyon MP for Newbury, former Parliamentary Secretary at the Department of Environment and Wildlife Minister (DEFRA).

There will be break-out sessions covering the Science of climate change, climate and land use, sustainable transport, renewable energy, green district, waste and more with plenty of time to browse the exhibition.

You must be aged 14 or over to attend this event.

Registration is open from 9:30am.

The agenda is as follows:

9:30am - Registration and exhibition time
10am - Welcome and introductions by Richard Benyon MP
10:15am - Tom Heap will deliver our morning keynote speech
11:15am - Break and exhibition time
11:45am - Morning sessions (see below)
12:30pm - Lunch break, exhibition and networking
1:30pm - Future Mobility and Air Quality - keynote speech from Giles Perkins, WSP
2:30pm - Break and exhibition time
3pm - Afternoon sessions (see below)
3:45pm - Conference round up and next steps
4pm - Conference closes

Please choose one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon as your first preference. We will try and accommodate you, but if a session is oversubscribed you may be directed to an alternative talk.

Morning sessions:
The Hundred Tonne Diet – Professor David Waltham, University of London
Green District – A ‘Question Time’ style debate with panellists made up of BBOWT, AONB, Friends of the Earth and others
Climate Change and Land Use – JBA Consulting

Afternoon sessions:
Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsetting – APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence)
Circular Economy and Waste – Veolia, Jana Little - local TerraCycle collector and Lucie Mann, Ecobrick trainer
The Science behind Climate Change – Professor Keith Shine, Reading University