Addressing climate change and shifting towards lower carbon emitting paths is one of the defining challenges of our time. A transition towards greener economic systems will require new qualifications and skillsets – offering a great opportunity for the creation of green jobs which will necessitate structural change and a change to the existing job market. In order to ensure that a transition towards net-zero economies is one that maximizes potential and leaves no one behind, governments, companies, and employers organisations must come together to address the green skills gap, provide the necessary training, and spur innovative technological developments.
Join us as we discuss how governments and employers are already seeking to address these crucial challenges to reap the benefits of new green economic activities whilst addressing the social challenges accompanying shifts to more sustainable societies. With Cara Jenkinson, Cities Manager at Ashden; Afsheen Kabir Rashid MBE, Co-Founder Director & CEO at Repowering London; Jonathan Atkinson, Co-Founder at Carbon Co-Op; and Ross Armstrong, Managing Director at Warmworks.
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Cara Jenkinson is the Cities Manager at Ashden that works to support Ashden’s UK Award winners, helping them to share best practice and showcase their work to influential audiences including policymakers. She also works on the UK Awards process, including researching potential applicants and undertaking visits of shortlisted applicants. She has been involved in community energy for several years, and appreciates the impact of promoting innovators in sustainable energy.
Afsheen Kabir Rashid MBE s Co-founder CEO of Repowering that specialises in creating local energy projects across London. Afsheen is also chair of Community Energy England and a board member of Friends of the Earth. She was a senior policy advisor at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She has more than 15 years’ experience working at local and national levels. She has a MA in Geography and MEnv in Environment, Science and Society as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex. In 2016 Afsheen was awarded an MBE for her work delivering renewable energy to deprived London communities.
Jonathan Atkinson is an environmental campaigner and co-founder of Carbon Co-op, a low carbon social enterprise which retrofits homes in Greater Manchester and delivers energy efficiency services across the UK. Jonathan is currently project managing People Powered Retrofit, a partnership with URBED that is developing an end-to-end householder service and a supply chain for domestic deep retrofit in the city region.
Ross Armstrong is Managing Director for Warmworks Scotland, with end-to-end responsibility for the Warmworks business. Since joining Warmworks as its first employee in April 2015, Ross effectively led the mobilisation and start-up of the business through to its current position as an established and successful enterprise that is continually building on its reputation as a customer-focused, values-driven organisation. Ross has worked in the energy efficiency arena for more than a decade in a variety of executive leadership roles. He has a diverse range of experience gained from working with both local and central Government, as well as numerous private sector organisations, in successfully delivering more than £2bn of contract revenue for various high profile clients.