9th May 2018

1st Isle of Wight Environment Conference

The 1st Isle of Wight Environmental Conference (IOWEC) will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven on Tuesday 26th June 2018, 09.30 – 16.30. This conference is initilised by Isle of Wight Council to create a platform for stakeholders working on the energy and environmental sectors to better discuss key issues regarding the future development of the island.

We are asking participants to consider how the Island can secure a low carbon, resource efficient and environmentally sensitive future. The best suggestions will shape a new Environmental Action Plan which the council will develop during 2018.

The Conference is an opportunity to hear about good practice on the Island and to be inspired by local businesses which are contributing to green growth.

As someone with expertise and enthusiasm in this subject, this will be an opportunity for you to consider and contribute to our direction of travel through the workshop sessions. These will cover a range of topics including our future energy system, circular economy, sustainable tourism, electric vehicles, rural enterprise, protecting the marine environment and regeneration.

If you would like to attend, please register here.


0900 Registration
0930 Keynote – Cllr Dave Stewart, Leader, Isle of Wight Council (to Include Video of IWC Achievements)
0945 Keynote – Prof. Matthew Cragoe, Chair, Uk Man & Biosphere Committee (Introduced By Jonathon Bacon, Chair, Aonb Partnership)
1005 Biosphere Reserve Nomination
1010 Island Inspiration – Wightlink (Keith Greenfield)
1020 Keynote – Prof AbuBakr Bahaj, University of Southampton
1030 Break
1100 Island Inspiration – Tapnell Farm (Tom Turney)
1110 Workshop Session 1
1200 Lunch (+ Poster Display)
1250 Performance – The New Carnival Company
1300 Video Message – Sir Ben Ainslie (Tbc)
1315 Keynote– Reniera O’Donnell, Assistant Director of Regeneration, Isle of Wight Council
1330 Island Inspiration – Aps Produce Ltd (Phil Pearson & Dr. Phil Morley)
1340 Workshop Session 2
1430 Break
1500 Launch of Green Impact Programme (Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce)
1510 Workshop Session 3
1600 Competition Presentation (sponsored by AONB Partnership)
1615 Closing Remarks And Next Steps – Cllr D. Stewart – Have We Achieved the Objectives?
1625 Completion of Feedback Forms
1630 Ends

Workshop Topics

Topic Facilitator Organisation
Developing a future energy system Alex Howison Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks
Sustainable tourism Tracy Mikich Seaview Hotel
Promoting our Biosphere Jonathon Bacon, Chair AONB Partnership
Promoting electric vehicles and low carbon fuels Colin Palmer, Chair Wight Community Energy
Conserving our water supplies Ben Earl, Water Efficiency Manager Southern Water
Farming & rural enterprise Graham Biss, Managing Director Natural Enterprise
Regeneration and the environment Reniera O’Donnell, Assistant Director of Regeneration Isle of Wight Council
Circular economy (designing out waste) Harrison Wavell, Programme Lead Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Promoting local food James Osman (County Adviser)  NFU
Protecting the marine environment  Tim Ferrero Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust
Creating green jobs Peter Sims, Research Associate Greenhouse Think Tank
Plastic Free Island Cllr M Murwill IW Council
Involving the community Ian Boyd Arc Consulting
Reducing travel impacts Chris Gregory AtoThere
Green business practices Tim Cave GKN
Student table 1 (general) Paul Sandford Nemea Consulting
Student table 2 (general) Barrie Robinson Future Basics



The electronic version of the conference leaflet can be downloaded here.


The conference will be held at Cowes Yacht Haven.