Panel: Local area planning for net zero

Mark Atherton is part of the impressive line-up for the Local area planning for net zero panel at the Energy Networks Innovation Conference and networking event.

Mark and his fellow panelist discuss:

  • Project examples of local decarbonisation
  • To what extent will the energy transition be driven by local authorities?
  • Opportunities for new collaborations between the different utilities and the local authorities
  • The future of local area planning

Speaker profile

Mark joined the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in May 2012 as Director of Environment for Greater Manchester and transferred to GMCA in May 2017. In this role, Mark provides strategic support to the Greater Manchester Green City Region Board and Partnership by leading the development and delivery of strategies, policies, research and demonstration projects for environment and low carbon work areas (Green City Region - Priority 7 of the Greater Manchester Strategy).

Current projects include the a smart energy demonstration projects, domestic energy efficiency programmes, community energy promotion, natural capital investment planning, climate change adaptation research plus developing joint work programmes between GM and several government departments, including hosting the Urban Pioneer for the UK’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

Prior to his current appointment, Mark joined the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2002, culminating in the role of Director of Energy and Environment. In this role, Mark managed a project investment portfolio of circa £30m/annum, providing innovative and strategic leadership to the Agency’s work on energy & environmental technologies sector development; climate change and carbon reduction; sustainable consumption & production and environment quality.

Mark holds a science degree in Organic Chemistry and Industrial Ecology (Hons); and Masters Degrees in Leadership for Sustainability (MA) and Hydrobiology (M.Sc.) plus several management qualifications.

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