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Conference: Sustainable development – harnessing the energy of communities

23rd February 2011
The Barbican, London

The sixth annual Sustainable Development conference from Public Service Events will debate the key issues and policies that will shape the UK’s green agenda:

“A community-based approach to sustainable development can deliver benefits and, importantly, it could prove be the ideal method in helping to involve people. Tangible improvements to the local environment and neighbourhood as a whole can encourage activity, bring people together and promote civic pride. Local schemes can create jobs, energy-efficiencies and generate significant financial savings through economies of scale. But how will government policies help to remove the barriers that prevent communities from taking action and what role will local authorities have to play? How can we successfully embed sustainable practices into the everyday lives of local people and best reap the future benefits?”

The conference will also consider the role of innovation and climate change policies.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor, DEFRA;
  • Jonathan Tillson, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs;
  • Andy Deacon, Head of Local Delivery, Energy Saving Trust.

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