Cornish businesses tackle climate change at Tremough
Can Cornwall's famous coastline be protected from flooding and erosion? How much are Cornwall's CO2 emissions mitigated by renewable energy? What role can Cornwall's young people play in making the county more sustainable? These questions – and many more – will be addressed by Cornish businesses and academics on Tuesday 24 June in a special one-day event on the Tremough Campus, Penryn, organised by the University of Exeter.
The University of Exeter is bringing together Cornish businesses to explore the challenges and opportunities resulting from climate change. Around 100 representatives from local companies will meet with Tremough-based University academics to get the latest facts on climate change and discuss ways that businesses can respond.
This special event will include a series of briefings from University of Exeter experts. Leading climate change expert Professor Stephan Harrison will examine the science behind our understanding of past, present and future climate change and will talk about the work he is doing with businesses to help them respond. Senior lecturer in Renewable Energy, Dean Millar, will review the state of renewable energy provision in Cornwall. Campus Provost Professor Matthew Evans will look at what the influential Stern Review, which identified the economic case for moving from a high to a low carbon economy, means for Cornwall. Dr Caitlin DeSilvey will show what the National Trust is doing to try and manage Cornwall's unique coastal environment in the face of flooding and erosion. Dr Mike Leyshon will discuss his research on environmental education and young people in rural communities and suggest the role they could play in helping Cornwall respond to environmental change.
Professor Matthew Evans, Provost of the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus (Tremough), says: "Climate change has economic, social and environmental implications for all of us. Businesses need access to the latest information and guidance, as well as opportunities to share concerns and ideas. We are hoping that this event will allow us to assist Cornish businesses to plan their business strategy to cope with the needs both to adapt to climate change and to the economic changes that are going to be required to mitigate society's effects on the world's climate. The event will provide an opportunity for Cornish businesses to plan their response to new challenges and opportunities brought about by climate change."
The afternoon will involve a series of discussions led by local organisations, including Cornwall County Council, Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership and Cornwall Environmental Consultants Ltd. These sessions will focus on the business opportunities that could arise from a low-carbon economy and how a business can manage risk, its impacts on the land and environment and coastal change.
The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) will lead a workshop using its Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT) to help companies identify threats and opportunities of climate change. Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership will lead a session for companies to work through the challenges and opportunities of operating in a low-carbon environment. They will also showcase examples of how many Cornish enterprises are already engaging with this issue.
The Tremough Campus is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter now offers degrees in Biology, Modern Celtic and Cornish Studies, English, Geology, Geography, History, Law, Mining Engineering, Politics and Renewable Energy on the Tremough Campus, which has expanded rapidly as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative.
For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.
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