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Freeman's Reach welcomes international energy experts to Durham


Freeman’s Reach has welcomed high-profile international speakers to the region ahead of an important low carbon conference at Durham University.

The Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) and its guests, which included Dipak Gyawali, former Minister of Water Resources of Nepal, visited Freeman’s Reach and took the opportunity to improve their understanding of alternative energy solutions.

Established in 2012, LCEDN is an initiative of the Durham Energy Institute and the Midlands Energy Consortium. It operates as a platform for academics, practitioners, policy-makers and private sector organisations to interact and cooperate on research for low-carbon development.

This is its fourth-annual conference and will discuss and debate off-grid and renewable energy transitions.

Freeman’s Reach is being developed by a consortium led by Carillion. It will provide important new office facilities and open up this part of the riverside to local people and visitors for the first time in generations. With improved visitor amenities, particularly for those arriving by coach, Freeman’s Reach will offer daytime and evening café/restaurant facilities as well as featuring a new tree lined Riverside Walk.

Ian Beaumont, Project Director at Freemans Reach, said: “It’s great to see Durham becoming a city strongly associated with renewable and low carbon energy.

“After becoming the first UK city centre development to incorporate a fully operated hydro-power generator it is only right that we share our knowledge and help others to develop their understanding of alternative energy solutions.”

Dr Ben Campbell, Degree Director at Durham University and Network Manager of the LCEDN, added: “The commitment Freeman’s Reach has shown to create a development powered by renewable energy is exceptional. The visit provided a great way to welcome our international guests to what has become an important landmark.” 

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Delegates from the LCEDN taking a tour of Freeman's Reach
Delegates from the LCEDN taking a tour of Freeman's Reach
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