Wow! What a fantastic couple of weeks for CAT! The much-anticipated WISE building opens and sees its first students arrive, zerocarbonbritain2030 causes a commotion at the all-party climate committee meeting as it launches in Parliament whilst guests at the WISE open day marvel at the achievements of some ‘dedicated pioneers up a hill in Wales’. Now we only just have time to breathe before the real ground work begins towards making zerocarbonbritain2030 a reality and helping WISE take off as Europe’s leading centre for sustainable education.
June 10th – the launch of our fantastic and long-awaited Wales Institute for Sustainable Education. Guests were invited to see presentations by Jane Davidson (WAG), Paul Allen (CAT), Sir John Houghton, Lord Ellis Thomas and an open Q&A with architects Pat Borer and David Lea along with WISE project managers Danny Harris and Phil Horton. WISE has already been welcoming a series of events and saw its first bunch of students from the MSc in Architecture: AEES arrive last weekend to study, enjoying the awe-inspiring views, luminous spaces and the cutting-edge architecture which really set WISE apart.
June 12th – CAT welcomed visitors to take guided tours of WISE and meet all the CAT departments. We were bathed in glorious sunshine for the day with music from Paul Allen and Rebecca Sullivan and a range of family and kids events, activities and games. A fun day was had by all!
June 16th – zerocarbonbritain2030 launched in London! It was a 9am start for the press launch in the Royal Institution where guest speakers Andrew Simms (NEF), Eugiene Harvey (10:10), Peter Harper and Paul Allen (CAT) presented the second round of the zerocarbonbritain2030 project to a select media audience. Later in the day the ZCB team headed to Portcullis House in the Houses of Parliament for the official parliamentary launch. The evening event welcomed over 150 guests who saw presentations from Paul Allen and Peter Harper from CAT, Victoria Johnson from the new economics foundation, author of the economics chapter of the report, Godfrey Boyle, renewable energy expert from the Open University, and climate scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Sir John Houghton. We were pleased to have Chris Huhne as a guest at the event as well as other members of the all-party climate committee for which the zerocarbonbritian2030 launch coincided with their first meeting. As Eugiene Harvey of 10:10 put it, zerocarbonbritain2030 is ‘a no brainer’ – it offers a solutions-based vision of how we can rise from the ashes of the climate and peak oil crises, and grasp this opportunity to create a stable, sustainable and prosperous society by 2030.
June 23rd – The CAT zerocarbonbritian2030 team arrived in Cardiff for the Wales launch in the Senedd – home of the Welsh Assembly. zerocarbonbritain2030 outlines ways in which we can reach a zero carbon Britain by 2030, twenty years earlier than proposed by the UK government. With Wales putting sustainability high on the agenda, reflected in its ‘One Wales, One Planet’ sustainability scheme released in 2008, and the country’s prospects of becoming the ‘saudi arabia’ of renewable energy, zerocarbonbritain2030 will undoubtedly be influential in shaping Wales’ vision over the next twenty years.
You can see a selection of images from the events on our Flickr page.
Also we’ve created quite a splash in the media over the past two weeks, below you can find links to some of the coverage we’ve had for both WISE and zerocarbonbritian2030.
BBC Wales ‘Good Morning Wales’ with Rhun ap Iorwerth
The Independent ‘Sustainable Education: Eco-palace rises in the West’ by Liz Lightfoot
The Ecologist ‘zerocarbonbritain2030: how to get there in 10 steps’ by Tom Levitt
The Guardian ‘Zero-carbon vision sees Britain as cleaner, greener and leaner in 20 years’ by Juliette Jowit