MILESECURE-2050 Regional Workshop entitled "Achieving a Low Carbon Society: a people’s energy revolution or a government programme?" was held in Salford on Tuesday 15th September @ the Lowry Arts Centre.
The Salford workshop drew on European expertise which will generate proposals for a manifesto and associated policies to support energy transition. The programme included influential speakers presenting on what policies to support good governance of energy transition would look like.
The outline plan for the workshop was organized into five sessions:
1) presentations from 3 members of the European Milesecure-2050 team will introduce how the research developed the concept of the ‘anticipatory community’, how the European energy market could be influenced by community action and other policies, and how different forms of governance might influence the impact of community action, or more forceful government intervention.
2) ‘If I were in charge’ – 3 provocateurs deliver 5 minute sessions on their visions for the role of local initiatives in a low carbon future.
3) presentations from two academic and policy experts will give an overview of ways in which society can achieve this transition.
4) presentations from three people in local projects that have attempted to implement low carbon transition initiatives will give first-hand accounts of their trials and successes.
5) group discussions will involve workshop participants in assimilating information from the day’s programme with their own knowledge and experience, to propose the policies and governance system that would enable the quickest or most effective route to low carbon transition.