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North Northamptonshire to host virtual climate change conference

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27 October 2021

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Leading local thinkers on environmental strategy, renewable energy and sustainable transport will come together to take part in North Northamptonshire’s very own virtual climate change conference, NNClimate21 on Tuesday 16 November.

NNClimate21 will be a showcase of activities and opportunities in North Northamptonshire on key important topics such as sustainable transport, renewable energy and environmental strategy. It will feature local keynote speakers from across the industry including the University of Northampton, Chelveston Renewable Energy Park, Electric Corby, Voi Technology, River Nene Regional Park, North Northamptonshire Council and more.
The conference will be virtual, taking place online to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. It will be broadcast live on YouTube for anyone to watch.

North Northamptonshire Council declared a climate and environment emergency in July this year. I believe that as a Council we need to set an example and lead from the front.  We need to be ambitious and not be afraid to challenge conventional thinking. We need to encourage new policies that help shift mindsets and behaviours to focus on the most important issues because the climate emergency is too important to pay lip service.

I hope that everyone who attends this conference virtually will come away with a better insight about the environmental initiatives taking place locally and help stimulate debate about how we can all respond more quickly to the challenges ahead.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council
With the COP26 conference taking place, this is the perfect opportunity for us to come together to focus on the key environmental issues for North Northamptonshire. We want to discuss local issues and solutions that will have a positive and lasting impact on the local environment for generations to come. Cllr Harriet Pentland, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Climate and Green Environment
We are already seeing the impacts of climate change around the world in the form of severe and extreme weather events.  Northamptonshire will not be unaffected, and we need to be considering now what changes might occur to our weather on a day-to-day basis but also the extreme conditions and how they will affect us.Dr Chris Holt, Senior Lecturer in water resources and climatology at the University of Northampton
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow next week, it's important to share knowledge on how greener and convenient transport modes such as e-scooters and e-bikes can help us address the climate crisis.

Domestic transport represents nearly a quarter of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, more than any sector across the economy, and over half of which comes from passenger cars. Micromobility is already playing a role in reducing carbon emissions by giving the local community a more sustainable alternative to short car rides.

At Voi, we’re committed to climate-neutral mobility and are delighted to be working with the council to support NNClimate21. We encourage everyone to tune-in, so we can all do our bit to create better places to live.
Matthew Pencharz, Voi Technology’s Head of Public Policy for UK, Ireland & Benelux

The conference will take place from 10am – 3.30pm on 16 November and there will be three sessions held on the day on: The ‘Future of Energy’, ‘Sustainable Travel’ and the ‘Environment’.