Zero Carbon Futures Symposium

This event is a participative expert symposium organised by Carbon Neutral Cambridge, in partnership with the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service of South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council, supported by Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and local businesses.


  • To help inform policy development for the new joint Greater Cambridge Local Plan.
  • To help councils become confident and well informed in using their leadership, local planning powers and partnerships to accelerate the transition to Net Zero Carbon.

Key questions:

  • What should a Zero Carbon target mean in practice to Councils?
  • What powers (both soft power and statutory) are available to Councils to help achieve this?
  • What examples are available to support the use of these powers.

Speakers include

  • Owen Bellamy, The Committee on Climate Change
  • Emma Davies, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service
  • Richard Twinn, UK Green Building Council
  • Gwyn Jones, Norwich City Council
  • Professor Andy Gouldson, Leeds Climate Commission
  • Dave Lomax, Waugh Thistleton
  • Miles Messenger, Bouygues UK
  • Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association

To allow participants to share experiences freely, the event is by invitation only and the symposium discussions will be held under Chatham House Rules.


It will be followed by the production of a public report summarising key the recommendations arising from the day. It can be downloaded here when available.

If you would like to be sent a copy of the report when it is available, please contact Carbon Neutral Cambridge.

Find out more

This workshop is supported by the Hauser-Raspe Workshop Series at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.

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