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Environment 2011
01 Dec 2011
Adapting to Change through 'Localism' Held at the Russell Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1

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Environment 2011 heard government, local government and businesses speak of their strategies to tackle, on a local level, the key climate change and environmental challenges.

The 2011 annual conference provided the skills to devise and enact strategies to protect and create healthy local environments, improve energy efficiency and meet climate change challenges. It gave regulators; business; government agencies; local government and campaign groups a chance to set out their view of the way ahead over the next four years, and discuss the dilemmas confronting business leaders, policy‐makers and strategic planners.

This unique event mapped the future for decision‐takers wrestling with the pace of change, investment decisions, and the huge behavioural and economic changes necessary to reduce our carbon output; protect and create healthy local environments; reduce and manage waste and move towards alternative, cleaner energy and transport.

Programme
10:00
Lord Whitty, Vice-President, Environmental Protection UK; Board member, Environment Agency; Former Defra Minister
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:20
Panel Question: How can the public sector meet the challenge of environmental protection in times of austerity? How can we ensure we tap into the ingenuity that exists?
Session speakers to be joined by: Professor Frank Kelly, Chair, Environmental Research Group, Kings College London Vicky Pope, Head of Integration and Growth, Met Office

10:50
Lord Chris Smith, Chairman, Environment Agency
Creating a better place: protecting the environment and securing growth

11:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40
Changing Local Environment Discussion Group 2: Waste and recycling
Incentivising best practice in managing household, industrial, electrical, motor and retail waste James Cleverly, Chair, London Waste and Recycling Board Ray Georgeson, Chief Executive, Resource Association

11:40
Changing Local Environments discussion group 3: Behaviour change
Behaviour change and the psychology of climate change: feedback from a Total Environment Pilot Area Applying behaviour change techniques to waste, energy consumption and transport Richard Wills, Executive Director, Lincolnshire County Council and Advisor, Local Government Association on Environmental Matters James Grugeon, Chief Executive, Environmental Protection UK

11:40
Changing Local Environments discussion group 4 Business sustainability
Climate Actionís 7 steps to a sustainable business Energy and distribution sustainability The local business case for enhancing and protecting local environmental quality Julian Feasby, Head of Internal Environment Management, Environment Agency Faye Scott, Senior policy Adviser, Green Alliance

What's on now:
12:30
Lord Taylor, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Ministerial keynote address: The independent scrutiny of environment policy and protection

12:50
Panel discussion: Session 3 The business and organisation case for working together locally
James Grugeon, Chief Executive, Environmental Protection UK Tom Flanagan, Corporate Director, Environment, Planning and Economy, Cornwall Council and Chair of the Environment Board, ADEPT

13:10
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:10
Andy Johnston, Director for Local Energy, Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)
Afternoon keynote: The Natural Environment White Paper, The Electricity Market Reform White Paper and the challenges that lie ahead

14:25
Andy Johnston: Questions and discussion Director for Local Energy, Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)
14:30
Panel discussion: Session 4
With research on climate change so far centred on understanding the physical impact, what can we learn about the broader implications of moving towards a low carbon economy? How can we manage the trade offs between climate change measures and local environmental quality? Richard Wills, Executive Director, Lincolnshire County Council and Advisor, Local Government Association on Environmental Matters Guy Shrubsole , Director , Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC) Matthew Farrow, Director of Policy, Environmental Services Association

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Interactive Debates: Discussion group 1: Transport adaptation
Creating resilient local transport infrastructure Dr Adrian Davis, Public Health support to City Development Bristol City Council Tom Flanagan, Corporate Director, Environment, Planning and Economy, Cornwall Council and Chair of the Environment Board, ADEPT

15:30
Interactive Debate: Discussion group 3: Energy partnerships
Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Chair, Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group Andy Johnston, Chief Executive of Local Energy, LGiU

15:30
Interactive Debate: Discussion group 4: The role of IT in environment protection: data centre energy consumption
Bob Crooks. Green ICT Lead, Defra and Chair of the BCS Green ICT SG John Booth, Consultant, Carbon3IT Ltd

16:25
Summary of the morning by Lord Whitty from Environmental Protection UK
16:30
Exhibitor Interview with David Pegg from SciSys
16:35
Exhibitor Interview with Jamie McNee from Turnkey Instruments
16:40
Exhibitor Interview with Kerry Geldart from Society for the Environment
16:45
Exhibitor Interview with Amanda Cuthbert from Green Books
16:50
Summary of the day by James Grugeon from Environmental Protection UK
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