Zero Carbon Britain

Paul Allen, director of the Centre for Alternative Technology, will outline what a genuinely sustainable future could look like in a public lecture at Leeds on 6 March.

It is now almost 40 years since a bunch of young idealists adopted a derelict slate quarry in Mid-Wales.  This original community set out to prove, by a positive living example, new technologies that would provide practical solutions to energy, economic and environmental crises we face today.  Today the sense of urgency has increased. 

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has become a 'living laboratory,' exploring and pioneering ways in which we can rapidly reduce our addiction to fossil fuels whilst increasing wellbeing of our communities and of the bio-diversity upon which we all depend.  To help us understand how we can meet our 21st century challenges, CAT's 'Zero Carbon Britain' project assembles and integrates cutting-edge findings from a wide range of leading researchers to show what a genuinely sustainable future could look like.

Paul Allen, CAT's director, will be talking about the project:

On:  Tuesday 6 March 2012

At:   5.30-6.45pm

In: Geography East lecture theatre (room G.23)

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Places are limited.  Please email Tina Schmieder to reserve a place.

About Paul Allen:

Paul Allen holds an Honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Liverpool University.  He joined the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in 1988, responsible for design, development, production of a wide range of renewable energy systems, including solar-powered medical systems for use in Bosnia, Eritrea and many other parts of the world.

Paul worked to develop CAT's spin-out engineering company Dulas Ltd in 1990, which has now gone on to become a successful independent business with a turnover in excess of 8 million.

In 1995, Paul took up the newly created position as CAT's Media and Communications Officer.  This involved proactive and reactive work with radio, television and the press, acting as principal spokesperson for the centre.

In 1997, Paul was a founding director of EcoDyfi, the local regeneration organisation for the Dyfi Valley.  Ecodyfi has established a number of community-based water, wind, solar and wood-fuel schemes.

Paul is currently CAT's External Relations Director, heading the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain strategy programme, liaising directly with key policymakers in Government, business, public sector and the devolved assemblies to disseminate the findings of the evidence-based scenario development work.

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