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IED Webinar: Economic development: how can we reconcile growth ambitions with net zero?

09 Nov 2021 - Online via Zoom 10-11.00am

For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1st-12th November 2021. For economic development professionals leading or supporting growth, regeneration and placemaking initiatives, climate change and environmental issues (and the drive for net zero carbon emission locally) are at the uppermost of their thinking, and the spotlight is increased further by the global COP26 gathering.

As of August 2021, around three quarters of UK local authorities had already declared a climate emergency. Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area. A dedicated COP26 local government day will take place on 11th November.

Economic development and regeneration consultancies, many of whom are IED members, are busy supporting national and local government with their climate response. In further and higher education institutions, another key area of IED membership, a number of UK universities and colleges have declared a climate emergency, which recognises the scale of the crisis and the need to act urgently in response.

The IED’s quest to convene the discussion around economic development and climate change/environmental issues (sharing knowledge, examples of best practice and future thinking), amongst our membership and beyond, will continue long after COP26 has ended. However, during the second week of the COP26, we have pulled together a sector panel to discuss how the economic development sector can reconcile growth ambitions with net zero.

Hear from the IED and organisations exploring the key issues at the heart of this question, followed by a Q&A panel discussion, and gain some practical insight to take back to your own organisation. This webinar is essential for anyone working in economic development and regeneration, public, private and third sector.


Paul Frainer, Director, Institute of Economic Development

Bev Hindle, Executive Director, Oxford to Cambridge Arc

Andy Hulme, Head of Growth and Innovation, North West Business Leadership Team

To register for this free webinar, please follow this link.

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