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Friday 5 November 2021

FINAL - MK COP conference

Online and in person conference brings together sustainability experts to share ideas on a regional action plan for Milton Keynes.

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 continues in Glasgow, where world leaders have set out their national sustainability plans, 14 experts are coming together in Milton Keynes to share their learning and ideas on tackling climate change closer to home.

Speakers include Council Leader Cllr Pete Marland to talk about Milton Keynes Council’s plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050; Professor Nicholas Braithwaite to talk about the Open University’s roadmap to net zero; e-bike and low carbon specialist Tristan Allan and living roof expert Chris Bridgman who will outline how businesses are adopting sustainable practices, and many more besides.

Businesses, groups and individuals who are looking to better understand the local vision for sustainability, or to pick up innovative ideas they can use to change their own organisation should find the discussion valuable.

The Council will also be sharing details of its Green Business Recovery Scheme - funding it’s been making available to local businesses and organisations to recover from the impact of the pandemic in a more sustainable way, and sign-pointing how businesses can still apply for sustainable travel grants.

The free conference will run from 10am – 5pm on Wednesday 10 November with limited tickets available to attend in person at the city-centre Saxon Court venue and unlimited availability for anyone to join online. You can find the full programme and sign up for free tickets at the website sustainablemk.city.

Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew, Cabinet Member for Climate Action and Sustainability said: “Milton Keynes was always designed to grow, which means new homes, more jobs and businesses, energy to power communities, and a plan for the waste we all create; that growth needs to be sustainable. We want to encourage as many people and organisations as possible to join us on our journey to zero carbon, and this conference will showcase some effective ways to do that.”

Milton Keynes Council has set up the conference using funding from INTENSIFY, a five-year EU INTERREG project.