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  • RIF Sustainability East - Building a renewable infrastructure framework

    1. 1. Building a RenewableInfrastructure Framework Sustainability EastDate: 20th / 21st June
    2. 2. David Webb / Sheryl FrenchContext and Introduction to CRIF
    3. 3. Catherine HoweComplex problems need complexsolutions
    4. 4. What do we want to achievetoday?
    5. 5. What do you want to do?• Learn from the CRIF • Discussion how to Experience create a strong• Explore best practice evidence base ideas • Talk about planning…..• Discussion Allowable • Discuss the potential for Solutions the Green economy• Talk about how to bring • Talk about how joint people with you when work could work better engaging
    6. 6. The Context• After years of debate about the impact of climate change we need this debate to start changing mainstream behaviours• The economics of the situation are now a realistic lever for change• You don’t want to just consult – you want to engage people in change
    7. 7. Social Change: 18 year olds 85% Access the internet at home 61% access social networking sites at home 50% of their online time is via a mobile device 20% of this time is spent on social networking 95% of them feel confident as an internet userAnd they trust the content that they find far more than other groupsThey are used to having information and people at their fingertipsSource: OFCOM 2010 (http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/cmr/753567/UK-internet.pdf)
    8. 8. But its not just this demographic
    9. 9. New cultural values?
    10. 10. Behaviour Change• There are two main options with respect to behaviour change: – Framing the options in a way which makes the ‘good’ choice more likely (yes…its nudge) – Working with communities and networks to embed behaviour changes in the local context• Of the two, the second is more sustainable
    11. 11. What is a RIF?• A Renewable Infrastructure Framework provides: – A technical baseline of the potential for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Generation – An estimate of the inward investment potential for the area – Practical steps to start to deliver this infrastructure – A delivery network to undertake these steps
    12. 12. Why do you need a RIF?• Because large scale infrastructure projects are hard – they are complex and they involve diverse stakeholders – You need an approach which will accommodate the existence of diverse interests and views – Building trust is essential and needs to be a stated objective and not just a by product
    13. 13. Why do you need a RIF?• Because to move forward you need to have a common place to start – Without a shared evidence base you are hampered from starting to act – you debate the facts not the actions – Bringing people together around evidence highlights areas of agreements and gives a factual basis for disagreement
    14. 14. Why do you need a RIF?• Because focusing on investment potential unlocks capacity in the area – Green Tech has the potential to be a high growth industry with or without government support – Energy security concerns offer up investment opportunities and a catalyst for action
    15. 15. Why do you need a RIF?• Because creating a network means you have someone to take the work forward – You can’t make this kind of complex change without involving actors – over time – in your long term purpose – This needs a network of relationships and trust and not just a single structure
    16. 16. Jonathan GaltonHow the RIF Approach can help
    17. 17. Sheryl FrenchWho are the Stakeholders?
    18. 18. Catherine HoweProject Methodology
    19. 19. What do you need in place to getstarted?• Senior political and non-political support• Someone to champion the project• The right project team• An understanding of the level of ambition in your area
    20. 20. Project Team• We suggest: – Well known and respected Officers who can operate at senior and tactical levels in the area and across organisations – Highly credible technical experts who can describe the technical baseline and investment potential – Community engagement and communication support who can help you shape the project dynamically
    21. 21. Step 1: Find your Network• We suggest a co-productive approach: – Start by researching the groups, individuals who are already active around this agenda and bring them together – Start this research online – its more cost effective and more likely to help you reach beyond the usual suspects
    22. 22. Step 2: Understand your context• Be honest about the challenges that you face: – If the political context is difficult then say so – If you face local challenge then acknowledge it – Describe and communicate this context to all the participants – Understand the level of technical knowledge in the conversation – Understand the level of ambition and targets
    23. 23. Step 3: Bring your networktogether• This is not a consultation – we suggest building this framework with the people who will use it – Hold open meetings for the networks that you have found – Use these to shape the project approach – Make sure they test and examine the technical approach for the baseline
    24. 24. Once you get started:
    25. 25. Step 4: Create a technicalbaseline• The technical baseline has a number of elements: – It describes what is possible technically – It filters this with respect to local planning behaviours – It describes different ways to reach your targets – It describes the potential for inward investment
    26. 26. Step 5: Discuss it. A lot• If you want people to use your RIF they need to be involved in creating it: – This is not a consultation – have open meetings with a community led agenda – Make sure that the baseline is agreed and accepted – create the burning platform – Use these events to start to describe the implementation plans
    27. 27. Step 6: Use Digital• A digitally led engagement strategy gives you a complete and open record of your face to face meetings and events – Create a blog and talk about your progress and what you have learned – Create a record of your events so that people can see that you have listened – Acknowledge the contribution of the network
    28. 28. Why Digitally led?• Its cheaper – costs per transactions are lower, set-up costs are lower and amendments are low cost• You reach more people - Digital will help you reach a different audience to the usual suspects of engagement• You need to be agile – you can adjust to changes of circumstances far faster with a digitally led strategy• Its easier to talk about difficult issues online – it gives voice to people who are not confident in person and find meetings difficult and it can provide an anonymous voice for difficult debates• It fits your values – with a lower carbon footprint• It lasts – you want to leave an ongoing conversation as a legacy of the project
    29. 29. What does your online presencelook like?
    30. 30. Step 7: Bring it back together• You should at this point have an accepted technical baseline and suggestions for implementation steps from the network• You need to: – Shape these into an action plan – Start to communicate the process of political agreement and the way to unlock resources
    31. 31. Step 8: Gather Commitments• As you enter the decision making phase of the project ask the network to commit to implementation actions: – Gather pledges and start to work in the implementation – Get public statements of the level of ambition – Make it clear what the decision making process is
    32. 32. Step 9: Make Commitments• Co-production is about all groups acting. As you get pledges from the community you need to start creating firm commitments from political decision makers• Ensure that you know how you will support the network after the RIF is adopted• Demonstrate some kind of reciprocity
    33. 33. Step 10: Make it happen• At the end of this process you have not only the RIF but a network of people ready to use it• Don’t think of the end of the project as the end of the process – look beyond this to the network you have created• Make sure that you know what happens next
    34. 34. Daniel ArchardCreate the right information
    35. 35. Ian WalkerProviding reciprocity
    36. 36. Catherine HowePlanning Exercise
    37. 37. What to do?• Map the important people and organisations in your network: – Who are the decision makers? – Who are the influencers? – Who are the gatekeepers? – Who are the experts? – Where are the politicians? – Who is missing?
    38. 38. An example….
    39. 39. Scope the project• What will the major challenges be? – Be Honest!• What are your greatest assets? – They may not be within your organisation• What other initiatives can you connect to? – Do you need to start something new?
    40. 40. And finally…..• How will you create reciprocity? What do you offer to the people who take part?
    41. 41. Catherine HoweFEEDBACK AND WRAP UP
    42. 42. Interested in finding out more?• You can find out more on the Sustainability East Website ( http://www.sustainabilityeast.org.uk/) or by contacting project partners:• http://www.public-i.info (Catherine Howe)• http://www.vercoglobal.com/ (Daniel Archard)