South West England cluster host a reception for policy makers 28th January 2014.

As part of the Bristol meeting in January 2014 the South West England cluster held an evening workshop on European best practice and the need for supportive policy in Palm Court Restaurant of the Bristol Marriot Royal Hotel.

This was attended by over 40 representatives covering a broad range of organisations including: Bristol City Council, Wiltshire Council, Energy Technologies Institute, Technology Strategies Board, Bristol University, Duchy of Cornwall, and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Bristol's mayor, George Ferguson, welcomed the project partners, speaking about his vision for Bristol and the local relevance of the project. The seminar was chaired by Simon Roberts OBE, Chief Executive of the Centre of Sustainable Energy. Brief presentations were given on the ROKWOOD project and successful projects run by colleagues representing the Swedish and Irish clusters.

The reception provided an opportunity to invite key stakeholders and policy makers from the South West of England to work closely with ROKWOOD in developing an evidenced-based set of policy briefs to promote the energy crops industry in the region and the UK as a whole.

The following day the group was augmented by several farmers (who are in the process of planting SRC for their own use), students and academic researchers and spent a cold but informative day visiting several sites near Bristol where they could see the multiple benefits of energy crops in action. The site visits included energy corp field walks, demonstraton of the use of willow as a biofilter and a miscanthus briquette faciltiy.

You can download presentations form the public library section.