CARES Conference 2022: Community Climate Action

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Join us for our annual CARES conference, which will take place online during Scotland’s Climate Week. This year we’ll be looking at how communities can take climate action with the support of the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

In our plenary sessions we’ll look at the global challenges around energy costs and climate change, and we’ll hear from the communities that are making a difference at a local level. We also aim to bring you inspirational case studies as well as the policy behind the action. We’ll be joined by Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights.

In the afternoon we’ll look at some of the key skills and actions needed to drive change in your communities in our ‘How to’ sessions. We’ll also take a look at some in-depth case studies on heat and hear from the teams that have successfully delivered projects.

We’ll close with a CARES funding surgery. Find out more about the support available from CARES, speak directly to a development officer for more detailed information, and think about the next steps for climate action in your community.

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Please remember to book your ‘How to’ sessions at the same time as your general conference admission.

This event will take place on Microsoft Teams.

AGENDA

9.45am – Sign in (Microsoft Teams)

10am – 10:30am – welcome

10.30am – 11.30am – Panel discussion: From global issues to local action

11.30am – 12.15pm – Keynote speech: Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights.

12.15pm – 1.30pm – break

1.30pm – 2.30pm – How to session 1 (choose one session, see below)

2.30pm – 2.45pm – break

2.45pm – 3.45pm – How to session 2 (choose one session, see below)

3.45pm – 4pm – break

4pm – 5pm – CARES funding surgery.

Find out more about the support and funding available from CARES, speak directly to a development officer for more detailed information, and think about the next steps for climate action in your community.

5pm – Conference closes

‘How to’ sessions: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

1. How to promote your project

This session will look at a range of techniques you can use to promote your project and engage the wider community. Project promotion is key to success and is needed from the start of your project through to installation and implementation.

2. How to work with contractors

Whether you’re installing a heat pump in a community building or constructing a community wind, solar or off-grid project, working well with contractors is essential. We’ll focus on how to be a good client and successfully manage and support your contractors.

3. How to decarbonise your community building

In this session communities that have completed projects will share details of how they approached their project and what they learned on the way.

4. How to do shared ownership

In this session we’ll take an in-depth look at the shared ownership of Crossdykes Wind Farm. Hearing from both the community and the developer involved, we’ll find out more about the process they went through and the lessons they learned on their shared ownership journey.

‘How to’ sessions: 2.45pm – 3.45pm

1. How to bring more people with us

This session will look at how to involve more people in your community in your project. We’ll focus on community projects where people have worked to bring as many people as possible with them.

2. How to apply for funding to decarbonise community buildings

Find out more about CARES support and funding for decarbonising community buildings and the key steps required to progress your project.

3. How to develop a local heat network project

Find out more about the new community heat development programme and hear from the technical contractor that will be providing support.

4. How to make an impact with your community benefits

In this session we’ll explore the ways in which you can spend your community benefit funds to create an impact in your local area and create a lasting legacy.

5. How to overcome the barriers of remoteness

Find out about the challenges of delivering projects in remote areas and how some communities have overcome these challenges.