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The Energy Efficiency Challenge

17 November 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

UK businesses will comes together to tackle the energy efficiency challenge head on at EMEX at ExCeL in London November 22-23.

Many businesses have an enormous opportunity to both pollute less and save money by making quite straightforward bread-and-butter changes. Dynamic leaders in the public and private sectors are showing others the way, while an increased profile for environmental causes has provided some impetus.

Energy is a cost to most organisations that has grown as a proportion of overall expenditure in recent years. All energy consuming organisations need to manage energy consumption if they are to avoid the impact of price increases on the products or services they provide. In this context, the case for investing in energy efficiency has never been stronger and of course, the cheapest energy is the energy organisations don’t use.

There is considerable potential to make large energy cost and carbon emission savings through the installation of energy efficiency measures. The energy efficiency technologies that deliver these savings are readily available, tried and tested, and often repay their initial capital cost within just a few years. Such improvements can provide significant long-term cash savings for organisations and reduced exposure to future changes in energy costs.

EMEX, The Energy Management Exhibition,  will take plan on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd November at ExCeL in London.


With more than 130 exhibitors, 80 seminars across 5 topical theatres, and over 100 speakers, EMEX is the must-attend  event for everyone wanting to better inform their  strategies and  plans by enhancing their knowledge and best practice, gathering first-hand learning from leading practitioners and benchmarking solutions with hundreds providers.


We have picked out a few seminars you can attend for free at EMEX to help you to increase your business’s energy efficiency and reduce its associated costs.


Facilities, Technology and Innovation Theatre
Optimising Buildings through BeMS Analytics (12:30 - 13:00, 23rd November)

The presentation will focus on ‘Superdry’ who now have 26 stores connected to the Optimised Buildings Bureau managed service. During a 6-month pilot on 10 stores where the latest technology and integration had been deployed already, a further saving of 10% was achieved across a portfolio of buildings that were already considered to be ‘optimised’. The pilot has now been extended to 26 stores and savings continue to grow through advanced analytics, monitoring and rectification. The presentation will be jointly delivered by Gary Bark, MD of Optimised Buildings and Paul Thomas, Energy and Environment Manager at Supergroup plc.


Utilising your Building Assets to Improve Indoor Climate and Reduce Energy Consumption (11:10 - 11:40, 23rd November)

David will explain the benefits Skanska and their client AMF Fastigheter have achieved by utilising the thermal storage capabilities and natural assets of their properties. These principles are based on theoretical research conducted at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and are brought to life, by Ecopilot, through the use of modern technology.  David and Viktor will discuss the opportunity to achieve carbon reduction targets where “low hanging fruit” options may have been exhausted, and share their journey as well as the road ahead. With Viktor Lindstrom, Energy Manager at Ecopilot and David Mason, Senior Sustainability Manager at Skanska


Could your Business Profit from Energy Efficiency?  (13:10 - 13:40, 22nd November)

How energy is used within every business is a core component of that organisations performance, whether that be as simple cost line or more indirectly through productivity, quality and resource management.  This presentation will look at the business benefits of measuring, understanding and taking control of energy with a view to identifying opportunities for improvement.  With David Lewis Director Energy Efficiency - E.ON


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Theatre
Practicing Energy Management in the Public Sector (11:50 - 12:30, 22nd November)

Energy management in the public sector has its unique issues around funding, procurement and engagement around energy efficiency. The panel will share their views on the most common obstacles they face and approaches of overcoming these in implementing energy efficiency in the public sector.  With Wendi Wheeler MEI, Energy & Carbon Strategy Manager at Network Rail; Rachel Toresen-Owuor, Project Director - Re:fit at Local Partnerships; Rodrigo Matabuena, Energy Manager at London Borough of Sutton; Mohammad Rafique, Energy and Environment Officer at Surrey Police


Strategy for Energy Management in the Private Sector (13:20 - 14:00, 22nd November)

Making the business case for a successful energy management plan relies on diverse strategies. The panel will give key pointers for policies that have worked in the past, and will work in the changing market in the future.  With Paul Eggleton, Commercial & Business Development Director at Mitie Energy; Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability at Wolseley UK; Penelope Guarnay, Group Energy Manager at Marks and Spencer

Lessons from Universities on Energy Management (12:40 - 13:20, 23rd November)

Universities are large complex organisations and their governance is often less then logical. However, some of the best energy efficiency strategies have come out of this sector. In this seminar will concentrate on how these can be achieved. With Rachel Ward, Sustainability Manager - London Metropolitan University; Tristan Wolfe, Energy Manager at University of Aberdeen; Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability at University of the Arts London


Water & Energy Strategy Theatre 
The Retail Water Market: End Users Wade in and Share their Experience (11:25 - 12:10 , 22nd November)

In April 2017, the water retail market went through its biggest transformation since privatisation when it opened to non-household competition between water and wastewater retail service providers in England. Our panel of business customers will explore how they approached this opportunity, what barriers they faced as they switched their service and whether the deregulated market is meeting their expectations. With Evan Joanette, Policy Manager at Consumer Council for Water; Ian Gregory, Head of Utilities at University of Birmingham; Adam Yarnall, Network Utilities Manager at Camping & Caravanning Club; James Tiernan, Group Energy & Environment Manager at Unite Students

A Meter of Life and Death (14:00 - 14:30, 23rd November)
Metering is the bread and butter of energy management, without it, we cannot even begin to understand what, when and how much we use; to manage energy, you need to understand your usage, and to do this, you must have sight of consumption. With Roger Low, Chartered Energy Manager at Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Ministry of Defence)


Renewables, Supply and Storage Theatre

The Basics of Battery Storage Technology (14:30 - 15:00, 22nd November)

Much has been said about the battery storage technology, however what are the main factors that should be taken into consideration to ensure a successfully implementation? This seminar will give the basic understanding of how the technology works and the opportunities and limitations it represents. Which Robert Williams, General Manager - Procurement at BT; John Robb, Segment Director, Commercial Buildings EMEA at Eaton Electric Ltd, Dr Alex Mardapittas, Managing Director at Powerstar; Michael Clark, Chief Technology Officer at Become Energy


New - Flexible Power Zone

EMEX has launched the `Flexible Power Zone’ in partnership with Power Responsive (National Grid). This area is designed for the uninitiated to understand and evaluate this widely talked about opportunity. A dozen participating DSR and Battery Storage partners of National Grid will each give a presentation (schedule below) and be available to talk with you one on one. It’s your opportunity to find a supplier that talks your language and makes sense for your business. Participants confirmed so far in the Flexible Power Zone include Dong Energy, EDF Energy, E.ON, ENDECO Technologies, Energy Pool, EnerNOC, Flexitricity, Open Energi, Orginami Energy and Scottish Power.


With such diverse solutions, knowledge and expertise on offer, it is not surprising that hundreds of small and medium businesses as well as household names such as Coca-Cola, NHS, British Airways, Harrods, Hilton Worldwide, Boots, RBS, TATA, British Land, Ministry of Defence, AstraZeneca, Sodexo, Dixon Carphone, IBM, Bellrock, BAE Systems, Co-Operative Group, Ofgem, Network Rail, MITIE, CBRE, Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, British Telecom, House of Fraser and many county and city councils are confirmed to attend.


The full seminar programme is available online.

Register for free at

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 17 November 2017


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