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Date and venue Edit

The Community Action for Energy (CAfE) conference, takes place in Birmingham on Wednesday 1 March 2006

The one-day conference - entitled ‘Switching on your community’ - is free to members of the CAfE network and will take place at Thinktank, Birmingham’s impressive new science and technology attraction.

Conference details Edit

The conference aims to bring together the people behind some of the country’s most innovative community based energy projects.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Brenda Boardman, Head of Lower Carbon Futures at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Dr Boardman is an acknowledged expert in energy efficiency and fuel poverty and was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy issues. She is closely involved in the 40% House Project which looks at how dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved in Britain’s housing stock by 2050.

Her talk will be followed by a selection of informative presentations and workshops on the subject of community based energy projects.

Workshops Edit

Workshops include

  • a funding advice surgery
  • how to network and lobby
  • measuring your impact on the environment and ecological footprinting
  • community benefits from renewable energy projects in your locality.

Who is it for? Edit

This conference will be of interest and value to a wide range of people including: co-ordinators of community, volunteer and tenant groups; local environmental activists; community energy advisers; health sector workers; local authority officers with responsibility for energy, community, housing and regeneration; and energy suppliers designing local energy efficiency schemes.

Bookings and further details Edit

Bookings and further details of the conference can be made by calling the CAfE team on 08701 261 444 or emailing

External links

Switching on your community, 2006 Community Action for Energy conference, Energy Saving Trust press release, 30 January 2006

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