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With energy-related issues topping most management agendas, WM looks ahead to the forthcoming Energy Event which promises a packed educational programme

As manufacturers strive to reduce energy costs and capitalise on low-carbon opportunities, so the requirement for up-to-date advice has never been higher. The upcoming Energy Event offers a chance to meet 150 exhibitors and attend the accompanying conferences and seminars where industry representatives will share their thoughts on energy matters. The Energy Event takes place on 11-12 September at the NEC, Birmingham and is co-located with two other events, the Renewables Event, which is new this year and focuses on renewable energy solutions for industrial and commercial sites, and Resource Efficiency and Waste Management (RWM), which covers the technologies, products and services surrounding waste management and recycling. The Energy Event is backed by associations and business groups including ESTA, Major Energy Users' Council, Energy Institute, Waterwise, Gambica, BCAS, BCIA and Water Technology List. Looking at the exhibitor line-up, Haven Power, Atlas Copco and Mitsubishi Electrical are among those of interest to manufacturing managers. Dairy business Muller has benefited from electricity supplier Haven Power's pricing policy, while compressor supplier Atlas Copco helped agricultural equipment manufacturer Simba International with a major refurbishment programme to meet production and environmental targets. Mitsubishi Electrical will demonstrate how it helped gain a 65% reduction in energy consumption for automotive mirror maker Flabeg in Birmingham. Wind Direct will be undertaking free site assessments, where visitors can find out if their site could be suitable for on-site wind generation. The company uses software tools to perform pre-site assessments, checking for constraints such as proximity of housing, airports or national parks. The Wind Direct team will discuss the details of its capital-free approach. Four conference theatres will play host to more than 50 CPD-certified seminar sessions, all free to attend:
  • The Energy Information Theatre features case studies from energy users such as Wales and West Utilities, which secured a £2 million saving thanks to accurate monitoring systems as part of its energy management strategy. There is also a practical case study looking at how to change user behaviour and the resulting energy savings. Keynote speakers will offer guidance and frank views. For example, James Woudhuysen, professor of forecasting and innovation at De Montford University, will explain why he predicts that power cuts are coming and why subsidies don't work.
  • The ESTA Theatre is hosting seminars designed for energy managers and will look at principles, awareness of policy issues and effective implementation to produce savings. It also focuses on maintenance and management costs.
  • The Energy Insight Conference will debate the crucial issues of the moment, including energy purchasing and carbon reduction policies. It will be chaired on the first day by Daisy McAndrew, ITV News special correspondent. Speaker highlights include Philip Lowe, director general for energy at the European Commission, talking about the investment needed to meet European electricity demand; Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE npower, covering the future of energy use in the UK; and Chris Train of the National Grid, who will be discussing low carbon energy sources.
  • The Hosted Content Theatre will feature presentations hosted by a mixture of associations and exhibitors, including Waterwise and NPower, and subjects will include water efficiency, energy procurement and a live energy debate.
Registration is free: go to www.theenergyevent.com/pr and enter priority code EPR7. your at a-glance guide What?The Energy Event Where?Halls 7 and 8, NEC, Birmingham When?11-12 September How? www.theenergyevent.com/pr and enter code EPR7