Technical innovation alone will not achieve carbon reduction targets. What role can community initiatives play in the reduction of personal energy demand? On 24 September over 50 academics, practitioners and policy-makers attended this WinACC-organised event at the Discovery Centre in Winchester. We heard the emerging results from the University of Southampton’s UK Research Council-funded Energy and Communities project, as well as community organisers’ experiences in Steyning, and WinACC’s own experiences with the Cool Communities project. 

The presentations are below. Further information about the University of Southampton’s research project is at energy.soton.ac.uk/communities.