This panel discussion explored how cities can continue to lead the green agenda and still reap the benefits of local energy while dealing with further, deeper budget cuts.
With the loss of central government’s green agenda, cities are in the perfect position to take the lead on green policies. Many local authorities already with the energy system and a number of cities have commitment to be run entirely on green energy by 2050.
This local approach to energy not only delivers on a local authority's green priorities but can also contribute to economic growth, regeneration, fuel poverty alleviation, health benefits and greater local resilience. But in the face of austerity how will cities continue to reap these benefits?
- Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Secretary, Energy and Climate Change
- Graham Ayling, Head of Foundation, Energy Saving Trust
- Mazvita Chari, Climate Local, Local Government Association
This event also launched a Nesta report that looks at the future of local energy in an age of austerity.