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Energy Managers Association and Waterwise to collaborate at EMEX

It has become clear over recent months that Facility Managers and Energy Managers are increasingly interested in the opportunities that will exist with Water de-regulation. The subject has been on the agenda for several EMA board meetings and the topic of recent research amongst our wider community. They are particularly interested in cheaper tariffs, simpler billing across multiple sites and efficiency to reduce consumption.

Water suppliers are also showing increasing enthusiasm to meet this high value audience with a view to future opportunities, with some already speaking and exhibiting.

Lord Redesdale (CEO, EMA) and Jacob Tompkins (MD, Waterwise) have agreed that Waterwise will be a partner in EMEX and contribute to the seminar theatres and speaker programme. This will ensure the most engaging and practical information on policy and competition is available to all water consumers.

We invite anyone interested to speak, exhibit or sponsor the event to contact us without delay.

EMEX 2015 takes place on the 11 and 12th of November at ExCeL, London. It attracts an audience of several thousand facility managers, estate managers and energy managers as well as procurement teams.

Participating companies

Sessions on Water market

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.

Chairman

Panellists

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

Panellists

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.

Chairman

Panellists

  • 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
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.

Speaker

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.

Speaker

  • Paul Lynch Head of Energy & Water Management - VINCI Facilities