In a week’s time, Tuesday 6th October, Low Carbon Homes Derbyshire, supported by MCS, goes live online for the first of three days of intense discussion and knowledge-sharing to consider how best Derbyshire can rapidly scale up the retrofitting of housing across the county. 

Sixteen presenters from across the UK have been assembled to highlight the opportunities ahead for bold leaders, as the county grapples with the societal and economic impacts of the current pandemic and climate change.  

Three mornings of presentations and debate have been specifically curated with Derbyshire local authorities and University of Derby to meet the most pressing retrofit challenges of the county:

Day 1 (Tuesday 6th October) – What have we got to and how are we doing? Cllr Tony King – Leader, Derbyshire County Council (opening day one) Rob Cogings – Director of Housing, Derbyshire Dales District Council Dr Boris Ceranic, Senior Academic and Researcher, University of Derby Ian Rippin – CEO, MCS Alex Hughes – Operations Analyst, MCS Shaun Bennett – Director of Investment and Regeneration, Derby Homes Day 2 (Wednesday  7th October) – What else could we be doing? Cllr Amanda Serjeant – Deputy Leader, Chesterfield Borough Council (opening day two) Jonathan Atkinson – Project Manager, Carbon Coop David Kemp – Sustainability and Growth, Procure Plus Lucy Pedler – Founder, The Green Register Day 3 (Thursday 8th October) – What’s holding us back? Cllr Martyn Ford – Leader, South Derbyshire District Council (opening day three) Laura Bishop – Director, Infinitas Design Ron Beattie – Director, Beattie Passive Tim Hall – Consultant, Total Flow
Dr Fred Paterson, Associate Professor for Sustainable Business at the University of Derby Business School, will chair the conference. He said:

“As a University with a strong civic commitment to our city and county, we are very pleased to be working closely with our local authority partners to respond to the climate emergency. To create a net-zero Derbyshire by 2050, we need to radically shift the energy efficiency of our homes. Domestic buildings in Derbyshire are responsible for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the county and 9,000 homes need ‘deep retrofitting’ every year for the next three decades. That’s 179 homes per week for the next 30 years, so the time for action is now. This event provides an invaluable springboard for stakeholders across the region to take action on this important climate change solution.”

Low Carbon Homes on 6-8 October, hosted by Derbyshire County Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, South Derbyshire District Council and the University of Derby, is a free-to-attend event bringing professionals from inter-related sectors together to collaborate and consider the scale of the challenge, the solutions available and the barriers to overcome.

After Derbyshire, Low Carbon Homes will be staging further events across the UK in 2020: Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool.
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