Seminar List for Water and Energy Strategy

10:30 - 11:15

Are Retail Service Providers Delivering Expected Benefits in the New Competitive Water Market?

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The deregulation of the water retail market in April 2017 opened up competition to non-household customers. For the first time in the English water market, businesses gained the opportunity to shop around for better deals on price and service from over 20 retailers from across the country.

Our panel of retail representatives, some associated with well-known water companies and others completely new, will discuss whether the market has so far delivered on its promises. Don’t miss your opportunity to challenge the panelists to tell you what benefits you should expect from them if you decide to switch your service provider.

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11:25 - 12:10

The Retail Water Market: End Users Wade in and Share their Experience

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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. Over 20 retailers now operate in a market vying for the interests of 1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector bodies. The Government hopes that competition will lead to better customer service, lower costs and more innovation in the water industry.

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. This is your chance to learn from businesses that have taken the plunge into the waters of competition.

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  • View full profile for Ian GregoryIan Gregory Head of Utilities - University of Birmingham
  • Adam YarnallAdam Yarnall Network Utilities Manager - Camping & Caravanning Club
  • James Tiernan Group Energy & Environment Manager - Unite Students
12:20 - 12:50

What is Driving Energy Efficiency in the UK

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Lord Redesdale, Chief Executive of the EMA will moderate a session with a panel including Phil Gilbert Director of Energy Solutions at E.ON. The panel will discuss pressing issues for the energy management community, and how to influence key decision makers within their organisation.

The panel will focus on the findings from the 2017 EMA/EON research project, their own experiences and how this can help businesses to overcome barriers to improving energy efficiency in companies in the UK.

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13:00 - 13:40

Controlling the Energy Cost through a Waste Strategy Plan

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There is a significant amount of energy tied up in waste, and the focus should be on preventing the production of waste through waste minimisation and the re-use of waste materials.
The panel will discuss the importance and benefits of a waste management strategy for organisations; and offer tips on an initial and continued stakeholder engagement, and identifying improvement opportunities; and more.

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13:50 - 14:20

An Update on Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting, ESOS, CCA and CRC schemes

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Gary will provide an update on business and industrial energy efficiency, including the development of a streamlined energy and carbon reporting, preparations for the next phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and progress on the Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) and the CRC Energy Efficiency Schemes.

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  • Gary Shanahan Head of Business and Industrial Energy Efficiency, Tax and Reporting - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
14:30 - 15:00

Energy Reduction as an Outcome – the financial opportunity

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Research suggests that the energy storage market will experience significant growth in the coming years. Globally, annual installations of grid-connected energy storage are forecasted to increase significantly to more than 40GW by 2022.[1] Although businesses may perceive energy storage as a significant investment, innovative financing models are being devised which can make it an achievable and affordable goal as part of  a company's long term strategy. ‘Outcome-based’ financial models base customers’ payments on the battery’s output, rather than outright purchase for the battery itself.

During the session, Ian will use practical examples of the use of tailored financial models that offer customers’ access to world-class technology without committing capital up front, enabling to significantly manage and reduce their energy costs.

 

[1] Raconteur, ‘Batteries are included in this energy game-changer’, 14 June 2016

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  • Ian Tyrer Head Of Sales, Energy Finance - Siemens Financial Services (SFS)
15:10 - 15:40

Procurement in the Construction Industry – lessons learnt

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Under guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, businesses with electricity costs below 20% of gross earnings are not considered as energy intensive. Under these guidelines, it is unlikely that the construction industry will ever be considered as energy intensive, which is understandable when comparing energy costs to the overall project value. The cost of energy is dwarfed compared to costs for labour and materials. However, if you analyse energy consumption against staff count then construction becomes an energy-intensive industry indeed. Either way, this does not mean that energy is any less important to the industry; quite the contrary. We just work with it in a different way. As builders and developers, we have very specific requirements in the way we buy, consume and manage energy.

Charles will be providing insights into how the construction industry buys, consumes and manages energy and the session will cover:

• The importance of the supply contract - procuring energy for our corporate office locations, construction sites and projects.
• The importance of data – quantifying consumption through construction site load profiling, half hourly supplies and sub-metering.
• The importance of the day job – managing supplier relationships, centralising bills, recording and monitoring bill information
and reducing risk by hedging reconciled non-commodity charges.

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15:50 - 16:20

Energising Facilities Management

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Energy & Water management is increasingly high on the agenda of large organisations for many reasons, from compliance with legislation through cost savings to improving the company’s ‘Green’ image.

Facilities Management is a well-established service, whether outsourced or delivered internally and holds responsibility for operating & maintaining a facility effectively. So why does Energy & Water management often sit outside of an FM’s remit? Partially, it is due to the different objectives of each activity and partially due to the different skill sets required. This has led to the disciplines becoming largely separated and, at worst, in conflict.

However, to add value and make a real tangible difference to the bottom line and cut carbon and costs, energy & water management needs to be an integral part of the FM strategy.

This session will discuss how, from a technical, contractual and cultural perspective, a more integrated approach can provide significant benefits to all parties.

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  • Paul Lynch Head of Energy & Water Management - VINCI Facilities
10:30 - 11:00

ESOS: The Launch Pad to a Bigger Bank Balance

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Using ESOS as a springboard for action, the speakers discuss the net financial savings and avoided costs that have been achieved across VINCI PLC from energy management. The session will focus on the collaborative approach taken between the Environmental and Energy Manager in formulating strategy but also the pivotal role of other professionals across the business in driving change and realising the intended outcomes. ESOS provides a vehicle for change, you just need the right people on board to reach your destination.

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11:10 - 11:40

Consumer Guide to Buying Water and Water Efficiency

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In April 2017, the water retail market opened to non-household competition between water and wastewater retail service providers in England. Over 20 retailers now operate in a market vying for the interests of 1.2 million businesses, charities and public sector bodies. The Government hopes that competition will lead to better customer service, lower costs and more innovation in the water industry.

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. This is your chance to learn from businesses that have taken the plunge into the waters of competition.

Chairman

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11:50 - 12:20

Getting Ready for ISO 50001:2018/9

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In 2009, ISO published the so called High Level Structure (a.k.a Annex SL) to align the principles in the ISO management systems standards. Following the footsteps of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, ISO 50001 energy management system is being revised into the new structure and is expected to be launched in 2018.
Some new features appear alongside the existing ISO 50001. The new additions to ISO 50001 are: enhanced presence of leadership; alignment with strategy; integration into business processes This presentation briefs the audience on the 6 key tools in ISO 50001 and how organisations can prepare, implement and transitions to the new ISO 50001.

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  • Kit Oung Independent Energy Management Advisor - Energy Efficien:ology
12:30 - 13:10

Fuelling your Transport Strategy

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Transport will most likely be added to the new streamlined Energy and Carbon reporting tax framework and will be a skill that most energy managers may need to acquire. The panel will share their approaches to an efficient transport strategy from EV to grey fleet, fuel efficiency and monetary savings.

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13:20 - 13:50

What will ESOS 2019 look like?

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With ESOS Phase 2 on the horizon, many companies are starting to consider whether and how to approach the next stage of the scheme before the compliance date of 5 December 2019. The panel will discuss how the lessons learnt from Phase 1 can be used to help organisations between now and the upcoming deadline.

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14:00 - 14:30

A Meter of Life and Death

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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. The scale of the task, in delivering accurate metering to domestic and commercial users, is the sheer diversity of meters, from old turbine and bellows type gas meters, to the latest digital Smart ones.

SMART Meters – Anything but! – The problems with Smart metering:

  1. Inaccurate (Less than 30% are accurate, with some as much as 400% over-reporting).
  2. Cannot be fitted on sites with common supplies such as blocks of flats.
  3. Restrict competition by dissuading users to change suppliers due to incompatible technology between users.

Data – With accurate data, patterns can be identified, to show how much, when, and why energy is used, which allows the energy manager to predict future usage and identify potential efficiency savings. But this only works if the data is good and as energy managers, we do not deal with guesswork – our mantra is facts, not opinions.

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  • Roger LowRoger Low Chartered Energy Manager - Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Ministry of Defence)
14:40 - 15:15

“Mind the Gap” – The difference in performance between design and the building “in-use”

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We have the ability to design good buildings and the knowledge to operate them in an effective and efficient manner – so why doesn’t it happen?

As we drive the performance of our building stock, it is becoming clear that one of the key challenges we must address is narrowing the gap between design and actual performance. The industry needs support to ensure they understand how the building will perform in operation. If we don’t, the gap in performance can be as big as 200-450% greater than predicted. With project costs squeezed and ‘value engineered’, all too often performance suffers.

This expert panel will discuss the issues such as:
• Designing for compliance;
• Commissioning and soft landings;
• Benchmarks and real performance.

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  • Dr-Andrew-LewryDr Andrew Lewry CEng Principal Technical Consultant - Existing Buildings Team - BREEAM at Building Research Establishment (BRE)

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