Energy, Carbon & Renewables

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8.30 – 9.00 Relocation: the Green Approach. Disposables UK Group

Rob Saunders, QHSE Manager, Disposables UK

Meltham-based manufacturing company Disposables UK Group moved to their new site in July last year.  The site was designed specifically to allow the company’s practices and processes to be as green as possible, with the overall aim to minimise energy use and carbon footprint. The new facility was designed with a wide range of measures to put sustainability at the forefront of the companies operations.

Rob Saunders is QHSE Manager for the company, and headed up the successful project to move the Disposables UK Group from four sites into one, keeping energy, carbon and renewable energy considerations at the heart of all decisions made.

Come along to hear about how a successful manufacturing company made the move keeping green issues at the core of their decision making, and resulting in massive cost reductions for the family-owned business.

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9.15 – 9.45 Green IT Solutions

Gillian Arnold, Director, Tectre Enterprise Solutions

Gillian has 30 years experience in the IT industry, including working for over 20 years at IBM UK Ltd. Gillian can help you understand the effectiveness of your energy usage within the data centre both for your IT equipment and for the cooling and air conditioning, and give you guidance on how you can take steps towards a more energy efficient data centre.

This presentation will also provide you with an understanding of how you can reduce the energy use for IT inside and outside of the data centre, understand the current legislation and look at where you can use current guidelines to make savings on energy use for IT.

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10.00 – 10.30 Electricity Market Reform: What will it mean for my business?

Amar Hussain, Director, Orchard Energy Ltd

The Electricity Market Reform is a fundamental part of the Energy Bill designed to meet the large-scale investment in our energy infrastructure that is needed if we are to meeting the Government’s three objectives for energy policy, namely: 1. Keeping the lights on; 2. Keeping energy bills affordable; and 3. De-carbonising energy generation.

In the long term, it is hoped that this will keep energy bills affordable, but in the short-term it could lead to energy price increases of around 10% a year. What will this mean for your business?”

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10.45 – 11.15 Solar Panel Projects

Dr Lisa Clark, Sheffield Solar Farm

Dr Lisa Clark from the Sheffield Solar project, based at Sheffield University, will share research insights into real-world generation performance in the UK.  The project encompasses two projects: a scientific test-facility in Sheffield (which comprises a range of photovoltaic technologies) and the microgeneration database, an online service to collect and analyse data from installation owners.

This talk will discuss the variety of technologies on the market (including various silicon manufacturers; flexible thin film photovoltaics for lightweight integration into buildings; and dye sensitised solar cells) and will give up-to-date data on the actual generation across the country. Listeners will gain information on how to gain the most from solar PV installations.

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11.30 – 12.00 Efficiency Mythbusters

Pete Stevens, Group Energy & Carbon Manager, Marshalls

Will new lights really save you 10%? Get the insight you need to make the right choice. Marshalls have been there, seen it, done it – and seen what the payback from investment really was for a wide variety of products and services, including building EMS systems, LED lights, voltage optimisation, equipment motors, compressed air, fast acting doors & air curtains.

Marshalls are a major manufacturer of hard landscaping products. The group operates its own quarries and manufacturing sites here in the UK and also have sites in Europe and China. Come along to learn from their expertise and find out where real energy savings can be made.

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12.15 – 12.45 Installing Biomass Cost Effectively

Sam Whatmore, Forest Fuels Ltd

Using real case studies Sam will talk on how to get the fuel handling, storage, and specification of biomass systems right and look at the crucial relationship between Capex and Opex, to ensure you get best value from an installation.

Sam has worked in the wood fuel industry for 14 years, founding Forest Fuels, a national supplier which now has 16 depots across the UK. Sam focusses on consultancy and technical support. He is currently Vice Chair of the Woodheat Association and was named Sustainable Energy Champion of the Year at the 2011 Green Energy Awards for his contribution to the wood fuel industry.

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13.00 – 13.30 Influencing Staff to Make Savings

Martin Schwaller, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Manager, Mitchells and Butlers

Mitchells and Butlers operate over 1500 restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK including the well-known brands Harvester, Toby Carverys, All Bar One and Browns. Making energy reductions in any organisation – and especially one this large – is impossible without being able to identify, engage and influence staff at every level.

Martin Schwaller draws on his experience as the Energy, Environment and Sustainability Manager at Mitchells and Butlers and for his role as Behavior Change Working Group Chairman for the Energy Managers Association.

Come along to this session and you’ll leave with a new understanding for whole-organisation participation, and what strategies you can implement to make this work for your organisation.

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15.30 – 16.00 Preparing for ESOS… What to expect?

Terry Coyle; Systems & Service Certification Manager, SGS United Kingdom Ltd.

You may be aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, known as Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). We aim to answer some key questions you may have, such as; what is it? What are the proposed requirements? What is the current status? Who will it affect? What are the options? The presentation will also provide further information and benefits of ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems standard), one of the proposed alternative routes be being compliant with ESOS.

Terry has been auditing against the ISO 50001:2011 standard for two years and has gained significant knowledge and experience in energy management having audited leading organisations such as Coca Cola Enterprises East Kilbride, Belfast Metropolitan College, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd, EMCOR Facilities Services Limited and National Grid – Isle of Grain LNG Terminal.

Terry also has extensive experience as an Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor which includes aspects of energy management. Previous work experience includes industry experience in an energy intensive manufacturing environment with a Climate Change Agreement.

Through understanding industry best practice and keeping up-to-date with current and proposed legislative requirements, Terry is a reliable source of information for organisations that face challenges in managing energy in their day-to-day activities.

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