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Rapid Energy Transition

29th April 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Machynlleth, Wales
Friday 29th April – 9.00am to 4.00pm

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The world is not short of transitions in action. But policy and academic debates often come up against scepticism that such rapid change is achievable.

Drawing on current and historical examples of radical change, the conference aims to provide concrete ideas about how we can accelerate transitions to the more sustainable zero carbon future demanded by December’s UN COP21 summit in Paris.

Video: What gives you hope?

Despair is often a barrier to action, so Mike Erskine made a film with participants at the event about what gives them hope for more sustainable futures.

Zero Carbon Conversations: What gives you hope? from Mike Erskine on Vimeo.


Speakers include:

  • Andrew Simms – Catalysing Change
  • Charlie Wilson – Lessons from history for technological transition
  • Geoff Hammond – Realizing transitions pathways
  • Brenda Boardman, ECI Oxford – 20% people 80% energy demand reduction
  • Howard Johns – Energy Revolution
  • Ruth Stevenson – Community Renewables
  • Christopher Blake – Renew Wales
  • Paul Allen – Zero Carbon: Making it Happen

The event is free of charge to attend. Lunch is not provided but can be bought from the CAT restaurant.

This conference is part of the Transformations event series.


Centre for Alternative Technology is in Machynlleth, Powys. Visit the CAT website for address & contact details.

About the Transformations series


When in the past have societies made rapid transitions, and what were the circumstances that drove them? What can we learn from these times, positively and negatively to enable the transition we need to make today in the face of climatic upheaval and fossil fuel dependence?

The Transformations series, co-organised by the New Weather Institute and the STEPS Centre, aim to change the conversation about transition in the UK. Through informed public discussion and engagement we will gather opinions, capture outcomes and stimulate debate about how to facilitate the speed and scale of the transition.

See the Transformations event series page for more details.

For more about the series, contact Peter Newell: [email protected]



29th April 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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