Zero Carbon Britain: Live online (Sold out on this date)

Zero Carbon Britain: Live online (Sold out on this date)


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New online Zero Carbon Britain course exploring climate solutions – the science says we must, the technology says we can, time to say we will!

While you’re staying safe at home, why not use the time to skill up for the climate challenge? Working with a range of local Councils, we have developed a two day, interactive, online course offering an in-depth look at CAT’s flagship research project, Zero Carbon Britain. Connect with a network of others working and studying in the field and explore the radical changes needed to rise to the climate challenge.

Free places

We are offering two free places to support those otherwise unable to attend the Zero Carbon Britain: Live online course, taking place 23 – 24 September 2020.

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Key information

  • Duration: various sessions over two days
  • Upcoming dates:
  • Start and finish times: Day 1 – 09:30 (meeting open from 09:15) to 17:00 (off line task from 13.00 to 16.00), Day 2 – 09:30 to 17:00
  • Fees: £50
  • Includes: tuition, question and answer sessions, online course materials
  • Terms and conditions

What you will learn

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solutions-focused conversations.

The new report published in 2019, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, incorporates the very latest developments in science and technology to show that we can create a zero carbon Britain using only proven technology.

During this two day course you will explore all aspects of climate solutions and scenarios presented in the research. Live lectures will cover a range of topics from renewable energy and energy efficiency to diets and land-use, looking at how these can work together to help us build a zero carbon future. Online workshops will enable discussion and debate among participants on catalysing action across all areas of society.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • How we can provide a reliable energy supply for the UK with 100% renewable energy sources and flexible carbon neutral back up – without fossil fuels, nuclear power, or gambling on the promise of future technology.
  • How we can grow the vast majority of the food we need for a healthy, low carbon diet, and manage our land to capture carbon, nurture biodiversity and increase the health and resilience of our ecosystems.
  • How we can deliver a modern lifestyle, create employment, improve our wellbeing, and ensure that the future we leave for our children and generations to come is safe and sustainable.
  • Understanding key barriers to change, and how we can overcome them – offering a range of other benefits in the process.
  • How research can be used to support councils in developing climate emergency action plans.

The live, interactive nature of this course will offer a rich online learning experience. To get the most out of the course, we suggest you:

  1. Download the Zero Carbon Britain; Rising to the climate emergency, and read (at least) the 8-page executive summary and explore chapters relevant to your areas of work / expertise.
  2. Make a note of key questions, reflections and ideas for going forwards.

Meet your tutors

Paul Allen is Knowledge and Outreach Coordinator for Zero Carbon Britain. He has been a member of the Wales Science Advisory Council (2010), board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (2008) and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales (2007). He holds an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and has been at CAT since 1988.

Andrew Simms is an author, political economist and campaigner. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility , a research associate at the University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation where he was policy director for many years. His books include Cancel the Apocalypse, Ecological Debt, and recently Economics: A Crash Course. He tweets from @AndrewSimms_uk

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