2017 Event Reports

Building on the themes from the previous two forums of energy, environment and economy, this conference held in April considered how we can deliver new energy projects in balance with the environment and the economy.

Interview with Johnny Gowdy

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

At the close of the Sustainable Severn Forum 2017, Johnny Gowdy of Regen summarises the event, the energy issues and the challenges ahead.

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Interview with John Hogg

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the conference, John Hogg, Head of Operations for South East Wales, Natural Resources Wales, discussed in a video interview on Wales being the place of choice for marine renewables as it’s good for business, for people and good for the economy, with the right development in the right location with the […]

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Interview with Gwyn Williams

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

After his presentation at the event, Gwyn Williams, Head of Conservation Investment with the RSPB was interviewed by Mark Robins of RSPB South West about how in his talk he spoke about how nature is in trouble and the links between climate change pressure and impacts that are now appearing with examples of fish and birds. He also shared […]

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Interview with Gino Bawn

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event on the Potential of Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary, Gino Bawn, Senior Engineer with ITPenergised about the role of ITPenergised role as technical advisors for the Hendry review. In the interview he shared about the optimising of lagoons, and he shared two points from the conclusion of the review, which […]

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Interview with Chris Binnie

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the conference, Chris Binnie, Independent Water Consultant spoke further on Tidal Energy Opportunities in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary about how improvements that have come along in terms of the way in which the barrage might have less impacts since when first looked at in 2010 with new technology.

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Interview with Graham Hillier

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

In a video interview after his talk on Energy Opportunity Tidal Lagoon Power at the conference on Graham Hillier, Managing Director of Development at Tidal Lagoon Power shares some of the wider potentials not only with energy but also economic and social well being and benefit to local communities and also to be positive for […]

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Interview with Prys Davis

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Video

Following his talk at the event, Prys Davies, Deputy Director – Decarbonisation and Energy with the Welsh Government, gave an interview on some of the areas from his talk on Delivering New Energy Projects in balance with the environment and the economy.

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Governance and Collaboration – Steve Ormerod

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports
Governance and Collaboration – Steve Ormerod

The final session on the day exploring Governance and Collaboration with Steve Ormerod, professor of Ecology at Cardiff University looked at thoughts around trusted knowledge within the Sustainable Severn context for wise decision-making.

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The Severn Estuary – A Challenging Environment – Jerry Stanford

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation
The Severn Estuary – A Challenging Environment – Jerry Stanford

Jerry Stanford, Haven Master at Bristol Port Company continued the talks on the session theme of Governance and collaboration. During his talk he shared the role of Bristol Port and the challenging environment of the estuary and on how they need to manage mud on a grand scale and the marine operations involved and longer term changes and challenges.

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2017 Severn Estuary Strategy – John Harrison

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation
2017 Severn Estuary Strategy – John Harrison

John Harrison, Chair of the Severn Estuary Partnership opened the session theme on Governance and collaboration. The Severn Estuary Partnership working in partnership for the future of the Severn Estuary. In his talk, John shared an overview of Severn Estuary Partnership, their revised vision and strategy and next steps and the challenges and opportunities for governance in the estuary.

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Energy Development in the Severn Estuary – John Hogg

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Environment, Presentation
Energy Development in the Severn Estuary – John Hogg

In his talk continuing the session on Environmental Vision for the Estuary, John Hogg, Head of Operations for South East Wales, Natural Resources Wales, he spoke about energy & environment, the role of NRW, context, challenges, the opportunities and moving forward and NRW’s position.

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An Environmental Vision for the Severn Estuary – Gwyn Williams

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Environment, Presentation
An Environmental Vision for the Severn Estuary – Gwyn Williams

Co-Chair for the conference, Jane Davidson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David opened the afternoon session on Environmental Vision for the Estuary. Gwyn Williams, Head of Conservation Investment with the RSPB delivered a presentation entitled Desperately Seeking Sustainability? or An Environmental Vision for the Severn Estuary. During his talk, Gwyn shared that nature is in trouble and asked a key question: can low carbon energy be generated without harming nature?

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The Potential for Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary – Gino Bawn

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation
The Potential for Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary – Gino Bawn

Gino Bawn, Senior Engineer at ITPenergised spoke in the session on Energy opportunity for the estuary, on the Potential of Tidal Lagoons in the Severn Estuary. ITPEnergised is a leading consultancy offering energy, environmental, engineering, technical advisory and asset management service and was formed in 2016 following the acquisition of IT Power Consulting by Energised Environments. In his talk, Gina spoke about […]

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Tidal Energy Opportunities in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary – Roger Falconer and Chris Binnie

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation
Tidal Energy Opportunities in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary – Roger Falconer and Chris Binnie

In the session on Energy Opportunity for the Estuary, Roger Falconer, Professor of Water Management at Cardiff University and Chris Binnie, Professor and Independent Water Consultant presented on Tidal Energy Opportunities in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.

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Managing the Energy Mix – Michael Baker

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation
Managing the Energy Mix – Michael Baker

In the second of the talks in the session Energy opportunity for the estuary, Michael Baker a planner with Arup spoke about Arup’s perspective on the opportunity that the UK has to develop a specific marine energy technology, tidal range or tidal lagoons, and about how the Severn Estuary could fit within that wider context.

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Energy Opportunity Tidal Lagoon Power – Graham Hillier

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Energy, Presentation
Energy Opportunity Tidal Lagoon Power – Graham Hillier

Graham Hillier, Managing Director of Development at Tidal Lagoon Power gave a presentation at the conference in the session Energy opportunity for the estuary. In his talk he covered the following areas – Why tidal lagoons and why now? Environment (post COP21), Energy, Economy (post Brexit) and a Hendry Review update and an update on TLP’s plans and offering why TLP’s approach is different.

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Keynote – Delivering New Energy Projects in balance with the environment and the economy – Prys Davies, Welsh Government

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment
Keynote – Delivering New Energy Projects in balance with the environment and the economy – Prys Davies, Welsh Government

Prys Davies, Deputy Director – Decarbonisation and Energy, Welsh Government. A transcript of the Keynote speech by Prys Davis on Delivering New Energy Projects in balance with the environment and the economy at the conference.

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Why Sustainable Severn – Johnny Gowdy, Regen

Published on April 27, 2017 in 2017 Forum Reports, Economy, Energy, Environment, Presentation
Why Sustainable Severn – Johnny Gowdy, Regen

After the welcome and opening to the event Co-chair Johnny Gowdy, Director at Regen presented on ‘Why Sustainable Severn’.
In his opening presentation Johnny spoke about as the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary become the focus for new energy including tidal lagoons and Hinckley C, the estuary is entering a period of radical change.
Building on the themes from the previous two forums of energy, environment and economy, and introduced that the conference will consider how we can deliver new energy projects in balance with the environment and the economy.

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