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Zero Carbon Britain: Live online

Zero Carbon Britain: Live online


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Online Zero Carbon Britain course exploring climate solutions – the science says we must, the technology says we can, time to say we will!

Working with a range of local Councils, we have developed a two day, interactive, online course offering an in-depth look at CAT’s flagship research project, Zero Carbon Britain. Connect with a network of others working and studying in the field and explore the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge.

Free places

We’re offering free places on this course to help support those that would be otherwise unable to attend. Please apply via this form.

Key information

  • Duration: various sessions over two days
  • Upcoming dates:
  • Start and finish times: Day 1 – 09:30 (meeting open from 09:15) to 17:00 (offline task from 13.00 to 16.00), Day 2 – 09:30 to 17:00
  • Fees: waged – £75; low waged/Concession price – £50
  • Includes: tuition, question and answer sessions, online course materials
  • Terms and conditions

What you will learn

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solutions-focused conversations.

The new report published in 2019, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, incorporates the very latest developments in science and technology to show that we can create a zero carbon Britain using only proven technology.

During this two day course you will explore all aspects of climate solutions and scenarios presented in the research. Live lectures will cover a range of topics from renewable energy and energy efficiency to diets and land-use, looking at how these can work together to help us build a zero carbon future. Online workshops will enable discussion and debate among participants on catalysing action across all areas of society.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How we can provide a reliable energy supply for the UK with 100% renewable energy sources and flexible carbon neutral back up – without fossil fuels, nuclear power, or gambling on the promise of future technology.
  • How we can grow the vast majority of the food we need for a healthy, low carbon diet, and manage our land to capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and increase the health and resilience of our ecosystems.
  • How we can deliver a modern lifestyle, create employment, improve our wellbeing, and ensure that the future we leave for our children and generations to come is safe and sustainable.
  • Understanding key barriers to change, and how we can overcome them – offering a range of other benefits in the process.
  • How research can be used to support councils in developing climate emergency action plans.

The live, interactive nature of this course will offer a rich online learning experience. To get the most out of the course, we suggest you:

  1. Download the Zero Carbon Britain; Rising to the climate emergency, and read (at least) the 8-page executive summary and explore chapters relevant to your areas of work / expertise.
  2. Make a note of key questions, reflections and ideas for going forwards.

Meet your tutors

Paul Allen

Paul is Knowledge and Outreach Coordinator for Zero Carbon Britain. He has been a member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007). He holds an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and has been at CAT since 1988.

Olivia Sweeney, Black and Green Ambassadors

Olivia Sweeney is a former Black and Green Ambassador for Bristol a community programme, exploring the intersection between climate and racial justice. She currently works as a consultant at Resource Futures, a sustainable waste consultancy using data to drive policy and behaviour change, to make it easier to reduce, reuse and recycle and helping to build the circular economy. She also works alongside the Royal Academy of Engineering promoting diversity and access to Engineering.

‘Intersectional Environmentalism’. Olivia will be presenting on the origins of the Black and Green Ambassador programme and why it was and is still needed. She will explore the importance of embedding equity and justice in conversations, plans and actions for the planet, may this be on a local or global scale. We will welcome the need for constant questioning when delivering change, looking beyond net zero and embracing the intersection of multiple factors including ethnicity and social justice.

Mark Chivers

Mark is the Co-founder and Project Lead for Zero Carbon Dorset. Inspired by the Zero Carbon Britain reports, Zero Carbon Dorset is a community led project, focused on drawing together local community groups, activists, businesses, councils and the local university to take action towards a zero carbon future.

In his presentation, Mark will be exploring how a whole county can work together to achieve net zero.

Andrew Simms

Andrew is an author, political economist and campaigner. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a research associate at the University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation where he was policy director for many years. His books include Cancel the Apocalypse, Ecological Debt, and recently Economics: A Crash Course. He tweets from @AndrewSimms_uk

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