Milton Keynes Low Carbon Conference is unveiling new green initiatives at its inaugural event.
By Gareth Ellis
The world is awaiting climate pledges from global leaders attending COP26. Today, 10 November, Milton Keynes is hosting its first Low Carbon Conference.
The MK event brings together key people who are working to make sure Milton Keynes’ ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 happens.
The event will announce news of increased funding that will support the green aspirations of local businesses. Guest speakers from the council, businesses, charities and The Open University will highlight emerging low-carbon transport plans. They’ll also promote new initiatives to help us all live more sustainably in an urban environment.
The INTENSIFY project is sponsoring the Low Carbon Conference. Saxon Court, the former council building is hosting the event. Mixed-use developers First Base, and investors Patron Capital aim to create a new highly sustainable redevelopment on this site.
Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Mohammed Khan introduces the interactive event. Keynote speaker, Cllr Peter Marland will follow with an address to highlight the plans for a low carbon Milton Keynes. The event will conclude with workshops and a tour of Saxon Court’s green roof by Living Roof experts Bridgman & Bridgman.
Spaces are available for a limited number of participants to join in person. The conference was also available to view live online.
Jeremy Draper, Sustainability Manager, Milton Keynes Council, commented;
“This event is an opportunity to see some of the actions for carbon emissions reducing projects taking place in Milton Keynes to reach our stated goal of a zero carbon city by 2030.
“The emphasis is on action rather than discussing ideas which may never happen. Examples of actions are the changes in transport in the city, from the uptake of private electric vehicles to the wholesale replacement of diesel buses with electric ones which has just received Government funding. Additional projects underway are the deep energy refurbishment of council owned buildings, including the Civic offices, housing, and schools. These actions are grounded in economic assessments which can be applied to the wider community in the Green business initiatives being promoted by the council, intended to help businesses become more resilient and cost effective as well as reduce emissions.”
Professor Nick Braithwaite, responsible for sustainability implementation at The Open University comments:
“As an educator, we aim to help the UK work force to upskill and reskill to contribute to a renewable energy economy. We’re all about lifelong learning whether that’s through formal degrees, or free informal learning on OpenLearn, or through our work with broadcast media – look out for the Green Planet series on TV early next year. As a business, we have committed to divestment from fossil fuels by 2023, decarbonising our energy supplies by 2030. We want to collaborate in our local communities and support the council’s target to be a zero carbon city by 2030.”
The Milton Keynes Low Carbon Conference takes place:
Wednesday 10 November from 9:30am – 5pm
Milton Keynes Council, INTENSIFY, Pooleyville, The Open University and Get Around MK organised the event.
For further information visit www.sustainablemk.city