2015 Event Reports

Building on the outcomes and next steps of the 2013 conference and integrating with the work of our colleagues at the Severn Estuary Partnership, the forum meeting in December debated and developed the draft strategy and draft guiding principles to support a more strategic approach to the development of the unique Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary energy resources.

Interview with Johnny Gowdy

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his opening talk at the Sustainable Severn Forum 2015, Johnny Gowdy of Regen SW summarises the energy issues and the challenges ahead.

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Interview with Adam Guy

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his presentation at the Forum event, Adam Guy shares examples and issues relating to the Thames.

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Interview with Martyn Evans

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, Martyn Evans gave an interview and spoke about the benefits of collaboration and the opportunities for the right technologies to deliver renewable energy.

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Interview with Samuel Bryan

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

After his presentation at the event, Samuel Bryan elaborated on the Bristol Channel & Severn Estuary Energy Group activity and how by working together in partnership everyone on a regional level benefits.

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Interview with John Harrison

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his presentation at the event, John Harrison, Chair of the Severn Estuary Partnership gave an interview about his talk and the aim of principles that everybody can sign up to and ones that are robust enough that can make actual practical benefit.

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Interview with John Chaplin

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, John Chaplin gave an interview on the benefit of ports.

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Interview with Dr Thomas Appleby

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, Dr Thomas Appleby gave an interview on society and the Severn.

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Interview with Martyn Harper

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, Martin Harper, Conservation Director of the RSPB gave an interview on the importance of wildlife of the Severn Estuary and to ensure protection of places such as the estuary and it’s wildlife with the coming of climate change with a low carbon economy.

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Interview with Peter Kydd

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, Peter Kydd gave an interview on on we can meet our future targets with marine energy.

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Governance and the Tidal Thames – Adam Guy

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Energy, Environment, Presentation

Adam Guy Ex-Programme Manager, Thames Estuary Partnership and Office for the Vice-Provost (Research) at University College London, opened his talk at the event and asked the audience “Is governance ‘ownership’?”. He shared the history of the Thames and explored historical and current governance problems and proceeded to look at the opportunities of models and approaches.

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The role of Natural Resources Wales – Martyn Evans

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation

Martyn Evans, Head of Ecosystems Planning & Partnerships, Operations South, Natural Resouces Wales delivered a presentation at the forum. He discussed that renewable energy is critical to moving towards a low carbon economy and Natural Resources Wales has a key role to play, spatial planning is key and that collaboration is no longer optional. He explored the […]

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Bristol Channel & Severn Estuary Energy Group – Samuel Bryan

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation

Samuel Bryan, Project Manager Marine Energy at Bristol City Council Bristol spoke at the Forum on the Bristol Channel & Severn Estuary Energy Group.  The respective councils of Bristol, Cardiff, Devon, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Newport, North Devon, North Somerset, Sedgemoor and West Somerset have formed the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary Energy Group to oversee their […]

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Severn Estuary Partnership Draft Strategy 2015-2025 – John Harrison

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation

John Harrison, Chairman of the Severn Estuary Partnership spoke at the Forum on how they are working in partnership for the future of the Severn. Estuary. He gave a brief history and core roles of the Partnership which is an independent partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations and in operation since 1995. The Partnership is […]

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Economy & Infrastructure – John Chaplin, Director of External Affairs & Special Projects, The Bristol Port Company

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Economy, Presentation

John Chaplin, Director of External Affairs & Special Projects at the The Bristol Port Company spoke at the Forum on Economy and Infrastructure.  He shared that as an island nation, we are reliant upon Ports with 97% by tonnage of all the goods entering and leaving the UK do so through sea ports and that the UK is increasingly dependant […]

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Society – Dr Thomas Appleby

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation

Dr Thomas Appleby, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England and part of the International Water Security Network spoke on Society and the Severn and discussed different forms of control and protected interests and regulations and their complexities. He concluded this talk saying that people are represented by multiple public agencies, but in a disconnected way.

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Energy – Peter Kydd

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation

Peter Kydd, Chairman of South West Marine Energy Park and consultant with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff opened his presentation on the current energy policy focussing on a mix of gas, nuclear and renewables, and and all forms of renewables will be likely to be required by 2050 at acceptable cost. He spoke about Marine Energy – Not if but […]

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Introducing renewable energy to the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary

Published on December 9, 2015 in 2015 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation

After the welcome and opening to the event by Geoff Gollop OBE, Deputy Mayor of Bristol and Peter Kydd, Chairman, of South West Marine Energy Park, Johnny Gowdy, Director at Regen SW presented on ‘Why Sustainable Severn’. In his opening presentation Johnny talked about the Bristol Channel offering a fantastic opportunity with it’s resource potential, clean energy, […]

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