2013 Event Reports

In April 2013, 90 senior leaders, policy makers and business people from Wales and the West of England came together to explore the potential for energy, jobs and wildlife in a Sustainable Severn. What they heard, from a range of speakers, and what they discussed, was very clear.

The best way to get a sustainable Severn is to create a mixed technology approach to capturing energy; a long-term approach to creating economic benefit; and a restorative approach to the estuary’s environment.

Everyone agreed that there is a huge opportunity in the Severn. Read more about the Outcomes and Next Steps or download  the the pdf document.

Sustainable Severn

Published on June 10, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Video

A video compilation of the speakers interviews from the conference.

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Interview with Juliet Davenport

Published on April 19, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Video

Following her talk at the conference, Juliet Davenport was interivewed by RSPB’s Mark Robins.

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Interview with Calvin Jones

Published on April 19, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Economy, Video

After his talk at the conference, Calvin Jones was interivewed by RSPB’s Mark Robins.

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Interview with Dr Mike Clarke

Published on April 19, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Environment, Video

After his talk at the conference, Dr Mike Clarke was interivewed by RSPB’s Mark Robins.

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Interview with Peter Kydd

Published on April 19, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Energy, Video

After his talk at the conference, Peter Kydd was interivewed by RSPB’s Mark Robins.

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Interview with James Cameron

Published on April 19, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Video

After his talk at the conference conference James Cameron was interivewed by RSPB’s Mark Robins.

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Keynote – Juliet Davenport

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and CEO of green energy supplier Good Energy delivered a keynote presentation at the conference, summarising the key points from the day covering who we are investing in and what for, engaging with communities, how we develop a long term industry and economic activity and ensure all levels of governance and government has the ability to respond. Juliet closed the conference with some thoughts on what next and how can these issues be taken forward.

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Panel discussion

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports
Panel discussion

Juliet opened the session sharing that there is a mass of opportunity, with a region that has a significant resource. She began the session by asking the panel – do we have a vision?

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A Welsh perspective – Matthew Quinn

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports

Matthew Quinn, Director of Environment and Sustainable Development at Welsh Government shared a Welsh perspective, including the importance of the challenge to climate change, enabling maximum economic returns from investments needed, and the potential of the Severn, and working in a way that can work with the environment with genuine economic return.

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Table Debates

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports
Table Debates

After the introduction to the event and talks attendees participated in groups discussing the three main issues for the Severn Estuary. The outcomes and notes of the discussions from all groups were pulled together into a mindmap summarising the ideas and issues.

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Economy – Professor Calvin Jones

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio, Economy

Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean at Cardiff Business School spoke on the theme of Economy, discussing complexity, and societal overheads and a reminder of the need to talk about jobs, and that interventions do not always change and benefit.

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Environment – Dr. Mike Clarke

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio, Environment

Dr. Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of the RSPB spoke on the theme of Environment, with a talk entitled ‘Sustainable Severn: Sunset or sunrise?’; and raised how can the economy develop in harmony with the environment, what are the decision tools to enable this to happen and how to respond to the post industrial challenge.

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Energy – Peter Kydd

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio, Energy, Presentation

Peter Kydd, Director of Strategic Consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff discussed the issue of Energy, discussing a roadmap of growth for the UK with renewable energy and an incremental approach with Stepping Stones, a tidal lagoon design to reduce cost and impact.

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Keynote – James Cameron

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio

James Cameron, Chairman of Climate Change Capital delivered a keynote at the Conference. He spoked about the need for investing in infrastructure, and shared that competiveness amongst companies will be more about resources, with increased value from less inputs.

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Introduction with Vaughan Lindsay

Published on April 18, 2013 in 2013 Conference Reports, Audio

Vaughan Lindsay, Chief Executive of The Dartington Hall Trust opened the conference. Over 70 attendees were at the conference representing a wide range of engineers, organisations, sectors and environmentalists.

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