As part of our Challenge Network series, Tevi  selected a number of guest speakers to discuss and share actions in the race to ‘net zero’.

Communities from across West Cornwall were able to learn from, and support one another to identify how Tevi can support them to become more resilient in the face of climate change, rising inequality and food insecurity, post-Covid-19.

Some of the questions raised in advance of the session included:

  • We can’t knock the entire built environment down and start again, we need to retrofit and adapt – are heat pumps the answer?
  • Should I put insulation on the outside of my community building or in the walls?
  • With rising temperatures in summer and huge bills for winter, is there an alternative to energy-intensive air cooling and space heating?
  • Where can disparate enterprises come together to refurb/retrofit/reuse/carbon neutral buildings?

Experts from the construction sector came together with volunteer groups to cover a comprehensive agenda of common doubts, hesitations, and reservations around ‘net zero’. The day aimed to inspire action by showcasing those leading the charge and sharing best practice in how communities can bring everyone along on the journey.


9:30am – Registration & Welcome refreshments

10am – Morning Session

Tevi Introduction – Ben Rowswell, University of Exeter – Tevi Intro Presentation

St Ives Community Land Trust – Jill Block, Project Lead – St Ives CLT Presentation

Making Space for Nature in Cornish Towns – Melissa Ralph, Project Lead – Making Space for Nature TEVI Presentation

Mid-Morning Session

Retrofitting Heat pumps – Richard Lowes, RAP – RAP Presentation

Innovation in Energy as a Service for Community Groups – Sean McNeil, Kinetic Energy

Renovation & Circular Economy – Abi & Morveth *As seen on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces!*

12:30pm Lunch

Workshop: Which emissions are we looking at for Net Zero? From Chris Phillips, Tevi – Net Zero Presentation

2pm – Close

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