Portsmouth City Council's BIG Climate Conversation was hosted at the Guildhall on the 9th and 10th of November by the Council's energy services team. The event aimed to showcase the work that the council is doing to mitigate cliamte change and had speakers internal to PCC and from organisations with whom the council are working.
Each day featured 6 speakers, with exhibitors and opportunities for networking throughout the day. Each day had two sessions, with the following topics covered: commercial energy, urban environment, home energy and sustainability.
Speakers included: Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet member for Climate and the Green Recovery; Dr Phil Wu, Director, Absolar Solutions; David Lewis, Operations Director, Infinity Energy; Hayley Trower, Air Quality Lead, PCC; Matthew Pullinger, Industry Liaison Officer, Greentech South; Rob Haddow, Bryt Energy Ltd; Chris Greed, Senior Architect, PCC; Katherine Shadwell, Agility Eco.
The event sold out on Day 1 and had a very good turn out on Day 2.
Each speaker gave a 20 minute presentation, which was followed by 20 minutes of discussion around the topic with questions posed by the audience. Attendees and speakers alike praised the event format and enjoyed some good discussions.
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We managed to organise a climate centred event at relatively short notice. In our experience, many people within and external to the Council are doing good work around climate change mitigation but don't have a regular platform to showcase these efforts.
Everyone we asked as keen to speak at the event and many others wanted to be involved just by having a space within our exhibitors room.
Attendees varied across sectors, from Council employees, to SMEs, students to large corporations with a footprint in the city.