The OxFutures initiative was launched at the Action on Energy event on 24 January at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.
Over 200 local leaders from business, education, public sector and communities gathered to discuss Oxford’s low carbon future with a panel of renowned speakers, including:
- Catherine Bottrill, CEO Pilio
- Martin Chilcott, CEO 2degrees
- Dr Barbara Hammond, CEO Low Carbon Hub
- Dr Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics
- Luke Marion, Finance Director Oxford Bus Company
- Leo Johnson, Co-author Turnaround Challenge
- Caroline Mason CBE, Chief Executive Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
- Jonathon Porritt CBE, Co-founder Forum for the Future
- Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire
The Action On Energy programme can be downloaded here.
Event Photos © Marc West
Jonathon Porritt refers to OxFutures and the Low Carbon Hub in his recent blog on the new Community Energy Strategy.
ITV Meridian news covered the event – Green energy boost for Oxfordshire.
The Oxford Times – Looking to the future to reduce carbon emissions.
Quotes from the event
Tim Stevenson, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, opened the event by saying:
“This is the point when Oxfordshire’s effort to develop a commercially successful sustainable low carbon economy comes of age.”
Dr Barbara Hammond, CEO of the Low Carbon Hub:
“Our energy challenge is clear. We’ve got to make the change from conventional fuels. We’ve got enormous potential for power and heat in the County from renewable sources.
To get at interleaved strategy using all of this potential, we’ve got to be reducing heat and power demand as well as increasing heat and power production. If we make this change in Oxfordshire, it will create economic benefit for the County. This will mean less risk to our businesses and our livelihoods, and there will be more jobs. Not only that, we will spend less on our energy and have fewer people living in fuel poverty.”
Jonathon Porritt, Founder of Forum for the Future, went on to say he was delighted to be in Oxfordshire supporting:
“what I think is one of the most important community renewable energy schemes anywhere in the UK... We are not talking about some tiny little niche contributor to a diverse energy mix sometime in the future, we are talking about a revolution emerging in our midst right now.”
Martin Chilcott, CEO of 2Degrees, chaired an inspiring panel discussion with leaders from the sustainability, investment and innovation sectors saying:
“Today is about the opportunity at this flexion point of change in which we are in the middle. And the opportunity is enormous – for jobs, for wealth creation, for stronger communities, for less pollution, for better life full-stop.”