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Getting to grips with energy

20 July 2015

What will the new Government mean for industrial end-users as they grapple with energy security issues, ESOS compliance, planned deregulation in the water industry and the drive to reduce energy costs and improve their sustainability performance? Visitors to the Energy Event (15th and 16th September 2015, NEC, Birmingham) will be well placed to find the answers to these and other questions.

Organised by i2i Events, the Energy Event, is co-located with the Renewables Event and the Water Event to provide comprehensive exhibitions focusing on energy, renewables and water procurement and management for large scale industrial and commercial end-users. 

"The landscape for energy, renewables and water management and procurement is shifting and set to see further changes,” comments Russell Bacon, portfolio director at i2i Events Group. "With this is mind, it’s important for end users from industry and commerce to attend and hear what Government Ministers have to say. These events will also provide a source of practical information on the key industry issues likely to impact on their business in the months and years ahead and offer a great opportunity to discover new ways for buying and managing utilities more efficiently in the future."

For 2015, The Energy Event is introducing a feature called Energy Connect. This is a facilitated networking service, providing one-to-one meetings between the shows visitors and exhibitors. It will be hosted by Sector Marketing, a specialist in integrated marketing services. Visitors will be able to log in to an online portal and arrange 1-2-1 meetings with exhibitors allowing them to plan their day in advance and ensure they have a productive day at the show. 

Formulated in close partnership with key industry and event stakeholders to address the important issues, the conference programmes at each show are a strong focus for 2015. More than 60 free-to-attend CPD sessions are scheduled across four show theatres. 

The Energy Event and its two co-located shows will feature headline presentations from Government, together with sessions from a range of large blue-chip companies. 

Jem Stansfield, engineer and presenter of the BBC’s science show, Bang Goes The Theory will host a keynote talk in The Renewables Theatre on Wednesday 16th September. He will outline his thoughts on the future for renewable energy and assess the likely impact of these changes for the business world. Also on 16th September in the Water Theatre, sponsored by Business Stream, Fred Pearce, environment writer and author of When the Rivers Run Dry: Water – The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century, will be delivering the keynote address on looking ahead to the local, global water challenge and disrupters to instigate change.

Among the headline sessions delivered by thought leaders in commerce and industry will be: Chris Taylor, chief operating officer, News UK discussing a holistic approach to carbon management: Key considerations across energy, water and waste; Indeer Poonaji, head of sustainability at Nestle, will talk about the company’s renewable strategy, including its onsite anaerobic digestion plant, believed to be the largest in the UK;  Lydia Hopton, property project manager (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer will outline how solar is an integral part of the retailer’s approach to business;  Gerd Kortuem, professor of computing, Open University, will conduct a keynote seminar on demystifying big data and the internet of things – realising energy savings in the future of smart infrastructure; Andrew Robertson, head of site planning at Bentley Motors, Neil Pennell, head of sustainability and engineering at Land Securities and Paul Rhodes, group safety, health and environment manager at Greggs will debate how to successfully implement large scale solar projects; Richard Clothier, managing director at Wyke Farms and Bernd Leven, group energy manager at Tesco will discuss how on-site renewables can meet the heating needs of a business.   

The seminar programme will also feature Government presentations on future policy for the UK renewables sector and championing the UK’s low carbon economy. There will also be a number of panel discussions including one with Gareth Williams, energy and environment manager, Northern Rail speaking about making the business case for energy efficiency. The Energy Leaders Theatre, sponsored by Anglian Water, will also host a supplier panel looking at energy procurement and sustainability of supply. 

The Energy Event will also provide access to the services, products and advice of more than 190 exhibitors.  

Register at: http://www.theenergyevent.com/