West of England Zero Carbon event attracts largest audience on national tour

The West of England has attracted a record audience when it welcomed the national #ZeroCarbonTour on its way to the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Nearly 200 people including students, campaigners, entrepreneurs and business leaders and gathered at the University of the West of England (in person and on live stream) to hear from Metro Mayor Dan Norris, University of the West of England Vice Chancellor Steve West and from businesses that have started their own journey to net zero.

The aim of the tour is to share the net zero message with the business community and raise awareness of the campaign, ahead of COP26 in November.

West of England Mayor Dan Norris and UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor Steve West opened the event, urging businesses to take action to tackle the climate emergency.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “The University of the West of England was a perfect place to officially welcome the Zero Carbon Bus Tour to our region. Many of our brilliant local researchers, scientists and engineers hold a key to addressing the global climate emergency.

“The high turnout reflects the enthusiasm and commitment in the West of England to meet our ambitious goal of net zero carbon by 2030. The bus tour was an innovative way to drive home the important message that we can all play our part in beating the global climate emergency.”

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