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In March 2016 Frome hosted a large-scale renewable futures conference. It was attended by over 300 people, including delegates from Frome’s twin towns: Murrhardt, Chateau Gontier and Rabka. The aim was  to explore how we can cut emissions from buildings, generate energy cleanly and work towards becoming a renewable town. With fascinating case studies from Frome, Germany, France, Poland and the Isle of Eigg.

Talks and discussions covered: community energy, low carbon refurbishment, hydro power, biogas from waste food, sustainable lifestyles and renewable energy scenarios.

Speakers included: Bob Prewett (Prewett Bizley Architects), Pippa Goldfinger (Frome Town Council), Anna Francis (Frome Renewable Energy Co-op), Thomas Minter (Malaby Biogas), Anthony Battersby (Mendip River Power), Prof Keith Barnham (Solar Revolution), Camille Dressler (Scottish Islands Federation) and speakers from our twinning partners from Chateau Gontier (France), Murrhardt (Germany), Rabka (Poland)

Full programme is available here Switch Programme Sat 5th March and biographies.

We also hosted a seminar on Planning, Policy and Finance to enable carbon reduction – Local, Regional and European Perspectives, for more info click here

Presentations and translations for both events are available here

New films of some of the talks are also below (more to follow shortly):

Why are some countries more able to establish community energy than others? A cross cultural perspective – Professor Axel Goodbody, University of Bath.

New finance models – local energy supply in the UK – Jan Willem, Mongoose Energy

Going for zero, how to become a 100% renewable town – Professor Keith Barnham

How low should we go with lowcarbon retrofit? – Bob Prewett

Community Energy – Anna Francis, Frome Renewable Energy Co-op

100% Green, Wyke Farms – Lucy Francis

River Power Around Frome – Anthony Battersby, Mendip River Power

A renewable Island – Camille Dressler, Isle of Eigg

Community Energy in Germany – Jakob Schafer