REPORT: Net zero sense of place multi-stakeholder dialogues



Jo Hamilton
Huei-Ling Lai
Patrick Devine-Wright

University of Exeter

Net zero sense of place multi-stakeholder dialogues
Phase 3 summary report

During this phase of work, multi-stakeholder workshops were conducted to scope a Net Zero Sense of Place (NZSoP) framework. The framework will provide guidance for stakeholders to consider the importance of place in processes of industrial decarbonisation (ID), and how processes of ID can be socially acceptable.

Workshop participants comprised those involved in Phase 1 (industry, cluster developers, local/national authorities, regional organisations involving in the cluster development) and Phase 2 (residents of key towns in the industrial cluster, and local stakeholders such as civic groups and government organisations). The workshops were conducted in Grangemouth (Scottish Cluster), Ellesmere Port (North West Cluster) and Milford Haven (South Wales Industrial Cluster).

Small group multi-stakeholder discussions explored how the process of ID could best meet the needs of community and cluster stakeholders, and identify forms of meaningful engagement and consultation going forwards. This was based on the hypothesis that if residents feel included and listened to, then ID will have more legitimacy, better outcomes, less procedural unfairness and could be more socially accepted.

The findings from these workshops are presented in this report, as well as key recommendations.

This project was funded by IDRIC (under EPSRC award number: EP/V027050/1). The views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of IDRIC. Neither IDRIC nor EPSRC can be held responsible for them.