WITH more sessions than last year, more industry ‘thought leaders’ and more interaction, case studies and debate, the show, which is co-located with RWM, promises a programme of information “that will be of value to anyone with an interest in energy”.
The conference programme takes place across four theatres:
The Energy Insight Conference is the central feature of the show and will be chaired on the first day by ITN journalist Daisy McAndrew. It promises debate around the issues that are crucial to professionals who are responsible for energy purchasing, carbon reduction policies and practices within their organisations. The highlights will include Philip Lowe, director general – energy at the European Commission, talking about the investment needed to meet European electricity demand, Volker Beckers, CEO of RWE npower, will cover the future of energy use in the UK and Chris Train of the National Grid will examine low-carbon energy sources.
‘the programme will be of value to anyone with an interest in energy’
Visitors will also have the chance to hear from Professor Brian Cox and Alastair Campbell who will tackle the fundamental or most challenging questions about the universe and politics, spin, and communications strategy. The afternoon sessions will be curated by the Major Energy Users’ Council and will include discussions around Britain’s decarbonisation and the role and effect of bureaucracy on energy efficiency.
The Energy Information Theatre is a resource for energy managers, environment managers, facilities experts and property management specialists. It will feature case studies from energy users and advice for reducing energy consumption, tackling building efficiency, controls and benchmarking, organisational change and incentives.
Speakers will offer the opportunity to better understand the government’s approach to energy efficiency and likely direction of future legislation. They include Trevor Hutchings and Phil Wynn Owen of the DECC.
A highlight of the theatre will be the opportunity to hear from James Woudhuysen, professor of forecasting and innovation at De Montfort University, who will express his views on the future of energy, the fallacy of smart meters, green jobs – and why subsidies don’t work.
The Hosted Content Theatre will feature presentations hosted by Waterwise and npower while seminars will include topics covering water efficiency and procurement strategies as well as a live energy debate.
The ESTA Theatre is hosted by the Energy Services and Technology Association. Here, seminars are designed with energy managers in mind to offer a basic understanding of principles, awareness of policy issues and effective implementation to produce savings.