A PDF of our conference programme will be up here soon; and when all the workshop slides are available to download we’ll send round an alert via Eventbrite

Conference report

Yesterday (Monday 14th October 2013) we had a great launch conference to start the implementation programme of Calderdale’s Energy Future, through to 2020. It followed immediately after the opening of our host Calderdale College’s new Sustainable Technology Centre.

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The event was chaired by Councillor Barry Collins, Portfolio Holder for Economy & Environment, Calderdale Council.

 

 

 

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The hall was packed; over 100 attended, from public and  private sector, and communities across Calderdale.

 

 

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Plenary speakers were Merran McRae, Chief Executive, Calderdale Council ….

 

 

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Robert Taylor, from Nestle’s in Halifax who described how the company produced 32,000 tonnes of After Eights and other assorted chocolates and met a -3% energy reduction target every year ….

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and Kelly Grainger, from Interface (5th left) who also presented Bronze to Gold Carbon Pledge awards to the winners.

 

 

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In between we had workshops about business energy efficiency, public sector leadership, the Green Deal, community energy generation, landscape and climate, and the ‘Big Picture’.

 

 

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And we ended with networking and some ‘low carbon’, locally sourced food from the Bear Co-operative in Todmorden.

 

 

The response at the event and after has been very positive. So we’ve got Calderdale’s Energy Future off to a good start, but there’s a great deal more to do immediately to ‘save energy, save money, and save carbon’ – in 2014 and beyond. If you’d like to join our collective effort just contact us here.

We’d like to thank Calderdale College for being wonderful hosts; Calderdale Sustainability Forum for providing a little amount of funding needed for conference expenses including this new website; and our event organising team who worked so hard.