Cornwall showcases pathway to clean, green, low carbon economy
Published by Fiona Mannion for TCPA in Environment and also in Communities, Local Government
Following the success of last year, Cornwall Council will be holding their second Renewable Energy Show, 26th-27th July 2012. This year’s event will feature a full range of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal as well as showcasing electric cars and providing free tours of the UK’s first commercial wind farm which is directly adjacent to venue at Delabole.
Cornwall Council is a member of the European LEAP (Leadership for Energy and Action Planning)project, led by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), which aims to embed renewable energy solutions at the local level. Alongside the exhibition, the event in Cornwall has a jam-packed agenda of expert speakers discussing opportunities for business and communities to get involved in promoting local energy projects.
TCPA Chief Executive, Kate Henderson, will be speaking at the Show on 26th July in the afternoon session on partnership working. Kate will draw on the TCPA’s experience and will use European examples from the LEAP project. Commenting before the event, Kate Henderson said:
“The Cornwall Renewable Energy Show 2012 highlights Cornwall Council’s ambitions for communities to be the key drivers for sustainable energy measures, a vital part of the move towards a local low-carbon economy. “
“The TCPA is delighted to be showcasing our pan-European project on Leadership for Energy Action and Planning (LEAP) at the Show. Cornwall Council is a partner in the LEAP project, which aims to strengthen local authorities across Europe by helping them to stimulate ideas on ways to overcome barriers to deliver much needed sustainable energy projects. The Show is an excellent example of how - by sharing best practice and advancing the knowledge and expertise of decisions makers, politicians and communities - we will be able to make a more informed and strategic response to delivering sustainable energy solutions."
The LEAP project represents a network of 10 local authorities and organisations from 7 European countries. The overall aim of LEAP is to build the capacity of European local authorities as key actors in accelerating the local uptake of sustainable energy measures and the move towards a low-carbon local economy. It does this by addressing the barriers to progress in tackling climate change and sustainable energy deployment, focusing on professional and political leadership, skills and knowledge, clear policy messages, and resources.
Kate Henderson added:
“The Cornwall Renewable Energy Show 2012 is a key output of the LEAP project and will feature a full range of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, hydro and geothermal. The Show provides a vital link between the Council, renewable energy providers and policy experts which will help local businesses, residents and communities groups to develop and implement local sustainable energy projects.”
The LEAP project runs from May 2011 until November 2013. LEAP is being co-financed by the Intelligent Energy - Europe IEE programme which is managed by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission.