Just the ticket for Green Energy
With more attention than ever turning to sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of energy consumption, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are inviting business owners and community groups to their first Local Energy Showcase.
The increasing cost of energy has become a crucial issue for businesses and local communities with many looking for alternative sources of energy to help lower costs and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Held over two days, 21 and 22 October, at Wherstead Park, the Local Energy Showcase will feature keynote speeches from specialists in the field of local energy, practical workshops and Q&A sessions with a panel of experts.
The event will feature a marketplace for green energy businesses and organisations to showcase their products and services, demonstrate how local energy solutions can be installed and used, and how switching energy supplies can lower greenhouse emissions and reduce energy costs.
The first day of the Local Energy Showcase event will focus on alternative energy solutions for businesses, how technology can be used to boost the benefits of green energy and how, local energy is a growing sector with the potential of bringing more skilled jobs to the region.
The second day will be geared up for community groups and parishes who would like to understand and explore the benefits of using local energy solutions such as solar energy and ground source heat pumps that can power whole communities, reducing costs and supporting local ambitions of cleaner and greener places to live, work and visit.
Delegates will have the opportunity to network with and learn from leaders in the fields of carbon reduction, heat networks and solar energy. Practical workshops will include understanding the concepts of becoming net zero, how to access green grants and funding, and how to reduce energy consumption.
The Local Energy Showcase marks the Councils’ recognition of a climate emergency and their commitment to the Suffolk-wide aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Keynote speakers include Shivali Mathur, from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Philip Coventry of Community Energy England, who will share real examples of how businesses and community group can drive forward their green ambitions, improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs.
Councillor Gerard Brewster, cabinet member for economic growth, Mid Suffolk District Council, said:
“The Local Energy Showcase is the ideal opportunity for businesses to find out more about the benefits of using local energy within their own premises to help reduce their impact on the environment as well as reducing their energy bills.
“Local energy is a growth sector and has the potential to create jobs and, post the challenges of Covid 19, support our future economic growth.”
Councillor Elizabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council, cabinet member for environment said:
“This event is a great opportunity for local groups to find out more about bringing additional sustainable energy sources into their community. We know that many parishes support our ambition of tackling climate change and working towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.
“I urge anyone with an interest in using local energy to come along to the event and find out how to introduce cleaner, greener energy solutions in their own business or community.”
The event is being sponsored by businesses and organisations with a proactive approach to green energy including the University of Suffolk, Eastern New Energy, East of England Co-op, Triple Bottom Line Accounting, Zenergy, Norse and Suffolk Building Control Group.