Sharing Supergen Bioenergy Hub research at COP26

 

On Energy Day at COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) Patricia Thornley, Joanna Sparks, Dan Taylor and Catriona Heaton led two public engagement events in Glasgow.

Build your own biorefinery game, Exhibition stand in COP26 Green Zone

All day on 4 November, the Supergen Bioenergy Hub hosted a ‘Build your own biorefinery’ game on the COP26 Universities Network exhibition stand within the Green Zone.

Members of the public were invited to create their own biorefinery using our interactive book demonstrating the many routes to producing bioenergy and bioproducts and the co-benefits that can be achieved through different choices. The team was on hand to talk about our research and make connections with the global audience.

Look out for a digital version of the flip-book game coming soon!

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Public fishbowl conversation: What might energy systems look like in a net zero world?

In the afternoon, the Supergen Bioenergy Hub team joined the other UK Research and Innovation Supergen hubs to host a ‘fishbowl’ conversation with members of the public to develop and interrogate visions for a net zero energy future.

The event was participant-driven, with those joining representing a range of public, private and higher education institutions, enabling multiple perspectives to be heard. The conversation was structured around the themes below, and Supergen academics were on-hand to join in the conversation:

Chapter 1: How do we generate our energy in a net zero world?
Chapter 2: How do we deliver that net zero energy to the public?
Chapter 3: How do we utilise that net zero energy?
Chapter 4: What steps should the UK be taking to make our energy system net zero by 2050?

Watch the full live stream here: What might net zero energy systems look like? A Supergen fishbowl debate live from COP26 in Glasgow – YouTube

An updated film of the full fishbowl conversation, with additional contributions from participants, will be available here shortly.

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Watch a video of the fishbowl participants talking about the experience and what they gained from the event:

Sustainable bioenergy at the heart of net zero

On 10 November, Patricia Thornley joined the World Bioenergy Association, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and leading wood bioenergy companies and organisations from around the world for the launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy. This was preceded by an event examining the role of forestry in net zero, focusing on sustainable management of forests and supply of wood products.