British Energy Challenge Roadshow – Thursday 20th June
Online booking: http://britishenergychallengesheffield.eventbrite.co.uk/#
- 14.30 – 15.45: Exhibition and networking including refreshments
- 15.45 – 16.00: Close of exhibition and movement into main venue
- 16.00 – 17.00: Discussion with Prof. David MacKay and Mark Lynas
The British Energy Challenge aims to enhance understanding of how we power the country and the Sheffield City Region, both today and in the future. Hosted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Sheffield City Region the event will be led by DECC’s Chief Scientific Adviser, David MacKay and climate change author, Mark Lynas. The discussion will highlight the scale of the energy challenges we face, how we can tackle them and what opportunities we have for change.
How we make and use energy is one of the most urgent issues facing the UK, impacting on our economy, the bills we pay and the environment we live in. This is a unique opportunity to participate with government in this important discussion, network with leaders from across the region and discuss some practical steps to contribute to its solution.
The British Energy Challenge is a series of pilot events, organised by DECC in UK cities over the coming months, to widen the public conversation about the future energy challenges we face – including rising fuel bills and climate change – and the importance of moving to a low carbon economy. The roadshow will go to 8 cities across Britain.
Chaired by Mark Lynas, climate change author and campaigner and DECC’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor David MacKay, The British Energy Challenge discusses one of the most urgent issues facing the UK – how we make and use energy efficiently?
The roadshow sets out the major energy challenges faced today, showing how issues such as climate change and energy security link through to the energy experiences people face day-to-day, such as household bills.
DECC’s 2050 calculator (https://www.gov.uk/2050-pathways-analysis) frames the events, offering an engaging, fast-paced and fact-based introduction to the energy trade-offs and options we face. In 2010, DECC built the 2050 Calculator, under the direction of Professor David MacKay, to ensure the department’s short and medium term planning was consistent with achieving the long-term aim. The 2050 calculator is a tool that allows anyone to understand, within minutes, the available options for the UK to consume and supply its energy, showing the implications for its emissions, land use, costs and air quality.
The roadshow is focussed at representatives from industry, local authorities, community groups and academia. It is envisaged that attendees will then widen the discussion across a broad range of groups across the city region.
Sheffield is the third of The British Energy Challenge roadshows. It has previously been hosted in Liverpool on 18 April and visited Nottingham on 17 May.
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