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The South West has a wealth of untapped potential as a natural resource centre with a national offer, particularly for emerging sectors. How can these assets be harnessed for clean growth?

In this session Professor Iain Stewart and Dr Ian Selby from the Sustainable Earth Institute will take a national view, but with an eye to the remarkable onshore and offshore natural assets of the South-West, which lie above and below ground – the ecosystems, landscapes, soils, minerals, waves, winds and tides.  

These natural assets are connected to the heart of the Industrial Strategy, and are critical for UK competitiveness and resilience, sustainable development, decarbonisation and the climate emergency.

They plan to link sectors that rarely mix and explore governance, energy, infrastructure, georesources, policy and investment through diverse lively presentations, insights and stimulating debate with a connected and informed audience.

They are delighted to welcome keynotes from Maf Smith (Deputy CEO at Renewable UK), Rob Booth (General Counsel and Company Secretary at The Crown Estate), Jeremy Wrathall (CEO at Cornish Lithium Ltd), Iliana Portugues (Head of Innovation at National Grid), and Sir Tim Smit KBE (Co-Founder and Executive Vice-Chair at Eden Project).

Along with their insights, there will be commentary by diverse expert panels and open Q&A sessions, the meeting promises to explore new territory with the ambition to identify opportunities and forge new linkages across sectors through clarifying common elements, highlighting new directions & defining next steps.

This event will be of most interest to those who work in sectors related to mining, renewable energy, environmental management and care, councils and planners, LEP, and governance. It may also appeal to those in tourism or NGOs, or just interested public.

To reserve a place or to find out more (including the programme) please go to https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/research-festival-clean-growth.