Engineers Gather To Make Sustainable Energy Happen

28th July, 2010
The South West needs to move fast to develop sustainable energy sources for 2020 if we are to meet government targets and avoid a dip in energy supplies.

That’s the message from the Institution of Civil Engineers South West, which is organising a major energy conference next month to highlight the issue.

The conference comes as a new report out today by Ofgem, the energy regulator, says mainland Britain is facing power shortages in the coming years.

The one-day conference will look at how the region can maximise its delivery of renewable energy and reduce its reliance on carbon-based fuels.

It will also review current and future technologies, the roll out of a low carbon infrastructure and funding opportunities for businesses involved in delivery and transition.

Barry Griffiths, Regional Director of ICE South West, said: “There are many energy problems facing the country in the future. This conference shows the region is a step ahead in bringing expertise together to discuss these challenges.

“The recent announcement by the Crown Estate regarding the bidders for offshore wind farms – including one in the Bristol Channel - shows we are finally beginning to address our future energy needs.

“This conference is a timely opportunity to examine the whole picture for the South West in terms of renewable and low carbon energy, the low carbon economy, energy security and transport.

“It will appeal to those in government, engineers and interested members of the public.”

Sustainable Energy Conference: Engineering a Low Carbon Future, takes place on Thursday 25 February at the Grand Hotel in Broad Street, Bristol from 9.30am to 5pm.

Tidal, wind and nuclear energy, energy from waste and transport are just some of the topics that will be discussed throughout the day.

The event will be chaired by Professor Colin Taylor, Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol and Chairman of ICE South West.

Speakers will include Professor Paul Jowitt, ICE president, David Kerr, former chairman ICE Energy Panel and Claire Gibson, Director of Sustainable Resources, South West RDA.