The seminar forms part of the RSN Seminar programme where 9 seminars will take place throughout the year all focused on different elements of the Revitalising Rural Campaign. www.rsnonline.org.uk/revitalising-rural. These seminars are part of the service delivered solely to the membership of the RSN.
The RSN recognises the importance of Decarbonisation and the campaign towards net zero.
The impacts of dangerous climate change will affect all communities. This much is already clear from the rural impacts of increasingly frequent storm damage, flood events and periods of drought. Minimising man-made climate change matters as much to rural communities and businesses as it does to any others.
Rural areas, which host more than a sixth of England’s population and which cover most of its land area, must play their full part if the UK is to rapidly reduce its carbon footprint and achieve its net zero target. An approach focussed on urban areas alone would fail.
There are opportunities as well as challenges for rural areas that arise from the decarbonisation agenda. There will, for example, be growth sectors in the green economy and new opportunities for community enterprise.
To find out more about the RSN’s asks of Government for Rural Decarbonisation view our asks at this link.
Four different presentations were made at the seminar including:
Key points noted were as follows:
Graham Biggs, Chief Executive of Rural Services Network said:
"We are delighted to have a range of speakers at this seminar, as it is vital that rural areas are not left behind as the country moves towards net zero. We need different approaches and considerations for rural areas and would welcome targeted support such as specific objectives to support low carbon and net zero growth in Economic Growth Programmes."
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