Lincoln green: council organises summit to cut city’s energy use

Lincoln City Council is to gather 70 local businesses and organisations for a conference, 14 March, to discuss how to cut the city’s carbon footprint.

Following the event, to be held in the EMMTEC building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus, the organisers will encourage delegates to sign up to a ‘carbon partnership’ designed to help reduce emissions and energy use.

Joni Appleton, Media Manager at the University, tells CN: “Reducing the carbon footprint of the city is everyone’s responsibility but we need to work together to make it happen. An event such as this, bringing together a range of organisations, businesses and individuals who will be approaching this issue from different perspectives, is a major step in the right direction.

“Through its research the university is working with some of the latest technology and ideas around sustainability issues, including industrial power generation, air travel, electric vehicles and using social computing networks to influence people’s behaviour towards energy use. We’ll be talking about some of these projects at the conference.”

Among the speakers for The City of Lincoln Council’s Low Carbon Lincoln conference will be Robyn Pender from English Heritage, who will speak about the importance of carbon reduction in historic cities.

The conference will also reveal the results of a study into low-carbon energy and renewables in central Lincolnshire.

Bus operator Stagecoach East Midlands is one business attending the conference and the company’s Commercial Director Dave Skepper said the company had launched a fleet of 11 hybrid buses that run on diesel and bio-methane.

Kate Bell (pictured) is the conference organiser and community environment coordinator at the city council. She tells CN: “One of the outcomes of the event is to bring together a local expert panel so we can work together to address climate change and ensure Lincoln is more resilient to the impacts of our changing climate and as well as the risks of energy security. 

“We will be proposing at the conference that monitoring and targeting of emissions is necessary to identify opportunities to reduce Lincoln’s carbon footprint and we’ll be asking businesses and organisations to help us with this work. We will then have the robust evidence we need to enable us to set a city wide target and identify which sectors have the potential for further reduction of CO2 emissions.
 
“The conference will also provide a great opportunities for businesses to share best practice, the city council has reduced it’s own emissions by 18 per cent over the last three years and we are continuing to take steps to reduce this further. There is a lot we can learn from other businesses and organisations and forming a local carbon partnership will help us, so the conference is just a stepping stone to further joint working. “
 
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