Climate revolution starts at the Eden Project
The Eden Project hosted a major conference on May 2 to examine
the impact climate change will have on companies in Cornwall.
Eden actively encouraged businesses to attend this groundbreaking
event entitled 'Climate Revolution'.
Eden's Foundation Director Dr Tony Kendle was the keynote
speaker and examined how policies are changing and how businesses
will have to respond to keep up with the demands from consumers
as they become increasingly aware of green issues.
Also speaking was the internationally renowned climatologist
Dr Stephan Harrison, Senior Research Associate, Oxford University
Centre for the Environment, and Senior Lecturer in Geography
at the University of Exeter at the Combined Universities in
Cornwall. He has over 20 years experience in climate change
research, spanning four continents. Dr Harrison is at the
cutting edge of the climate debate and is well respected for
his work on Climate Change Risk Management. He provides specialist
consultancy to major organisations such as Lloyds of London,
Zurich Insurance and the CBI.
Joining the speakers was Edward Hanrahan, Director of Climate
Care, one of the country's leading carbon offsetting
companies. With many high street names declaring their intentions
to become carbon neutral within a few years, Mr Hanrahan asked
what this means and how local businesses should prepare for
Other speakers at the event included Tim Smit, Chief Executive
of the Eden Project, Michael Dunn, South West Regional Manager
of BT, Chris Cain, Newquay Airport Project Director, Ian Smith,
Managing Director of Community Energy Plus, Justin Olosunde,
Business Mentor, Envision, along with some local companies
demonstrating the business benefits and opportunities of tackling
waste and resource issues.
Other areas of discussion included looking at reliable options
for low carbon energy and fuels and the opportunities for
sustainable development and construction.
Paul Holmes, Eden Project Agency Liaison Officer, said: "This
event focused specifically on the economic, political and
consumer impacts of climate change and how these will affect
the way businesses operate.
"It was a fantastic opportunity for local firms
to hear these issues being addressed and to start thinking
and preparing for the future.
"Individuals, businesses and governments are re-thinking
how we get energy, how we get around and how we survive. This
is the most radical change in the metabolism of our society
since the Industrial Revolution, which is why Eden is calling
it Climate Revolution."
The conference aimed to make these subjects real and relevant
to Cornish companies following the national HRH Prince of
Wales Business Summit on Climate Change, held at The Eden
Project on the previous day, May 1.
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Eden Project through the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). The University of Exeter is a partner of
Eden Project Limited is owned by the Eden Trust, which is
a fully registered UK Charity (No. 1093070).
The event is being supported by Cornwall Enterprise, Business
Link, Combined Universities of Cornwall and South West Regional
Eden is home to the two biggest greenhouses in the world -
the Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome.
Around 1.2 million visitors come to Eden per year and it has
generated £700 million for the local economy.
So far capital funding of £135 million to develop Eden
has been raised from a combination of £58 million from
the Millennium Commission Lottery Fund, £50 million
in regional grants from the South West Regional Development
Agency and Objective One European Regional Development Fund,
and £27 million in the form of loans, lease finance
and Eden's own revenue generation.
Immediate information may be obtained from our website: www.edenproject.com.
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