Leeds Green Party

Paris Climate Change Talks Debate at Leeds University

23 November 2015

On Thursday 26th November, an informed debate will take place at Leeds University about the sort of things that we hope will come out of the Paris Climate Change Talks which are due to begin at the end of the month.

The debate will feature Councillor Andrew Cooper, the Green Party's spokesperson on energy and Simon Bowens, Yorkshire regional coordinator of the Friends of the Earth. The event is open to the general public and contributions will be welcomed from the floor between the opening and closing remarks of the main speakers.

The debate will begin at 6pm in Baines Wing SR 2.08 and will finish by 8pm at the latest.

About the speakers

Simon BowensSimon Bowens is Friends of the Earth’s regional campaigner for Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East. He has worked for the organisation since 2004, firstly at a national and European level as a transport and climate change campaigner, and in his regional role since 2008. His role includes external communications and lobbying on Friends of the Earth's policy positions, media communications and public speaking. He also advises local communities on how to effect sustainable change.

He has a policy coordination and leadership role within the organisation particularly in the energy and climate change sector and holding and developing policy expertise on a range of issues including carbon capture and storage and underground coal gasification. Before Friends of the Earth, he worked in the private sector in finance and supply chain management roles.

Andrew CooperCouncillor Andrew Cooper has worked in the housing and energy sector since 1993 when he became Kirklees Councils first Energy Efficiency Coordinator, he went on to work for neighbouring Calderdale Council introducing the UKs first universally free insulation for pensioners. He has since then worked on Regional Energy Policy for Yorkshire and Humber Assembly and has been Head of On Site Renewables for the Renewable Energy Association and Director of Advice and Policy at Yorkshire Energy Services. He is an Energy and Local Government Consultant.

Andrew was elected to Kirklees Council in May 1999 as a Green Party Councillor and has been re-elected four times in the Newsome Ward. He proposed the UK’s first universally free insulation scheme which saw over 50’000 Kirklees homes insulated by 2011 and was the most successful insulation scheme in the country according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change. In 2000 he initiated the Council’s Renewable Energy Fund which has seen Kirklees become the leading authority in the deployment of microgeneration technologies with over 5% of the UK’s Solar Capacity in the borough. In 2008 Andrew successfully obtained funding for the Kirklees RE-Charge scheme which provides householders with renewable technology for their homes with no upfront costs or monthly payments. This scheme was the winner of the British Renewable Energy Awards in 2010. In 2009 he was recognised in the Independent on Sundays list of the top 100 Environmentalists (Number 59) and was the only Councillor on the list. Andrew is the Green Party’s National Energy Spokesperson. Currently Kirklees Council is installing solar PV on 2000 homes of low income householders in a scheme Andrew initiated.

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