EMEX, the UK’s must-attend energy management show, reveals 5 energy efficiency megatrends that can save energy, cut down costs and reduce carbon emissions for many UK businesses.
EMEX is over 130 exhibitors and 80 free-to-attend CPD-accredited seminars spread across 5 theatres:
- Knowledge, Skills & Experience
- Sustainability & Climate Change (NEW)
- Facilities, Technology & Innovation
- Renewable Energy, Supply & Storage
- Flexible Power Zone
Content provided at EMEX is curated by the Energy Managers Association and its Board of major energy users and will include the opportunity for you to meet with top industry experts, peers and numerous leading suppliers that will unveil the latest technology and energy efficiency strategies available right now.
1. Energy Efficiency is being driven to the Top of the UK’s business agenda
More business leaders are recognising that climate change is a real threat, and many are leading the way in making it a priority in business decisions. Boardrooms are beginning to build climate risks into their business plans which means that sustainability and energy management will continue to become more and more relevant.
The Knowledge, Skills and Experience Theatre will cover a vast range of energy management strategies and experiences across various sectors, providing attendees with the vital knowledge and new skills on how to build a robust business case for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and gain buy-in from senior stakeholders.
2. Technology is fast evolving
With over 130 exhibitors ranging from major utilities to brokers and consultants, equipment manufacturers to training companies and showcasing a broad range of energy efficient solutions and services under one roof, EMEX has become a unique opportunity to learn about the new technology, systems and services available in this fast-changing environment.
- Participants include Armstrong, Hamworthy, E.ON Energy Solutions, Natwest, ENGIE, Schneider Electrics, Vinci Facilities, Ørsted, AB group, Affinity for Business, Carbon Trust, BRE, EATON Electric, ebm-papst, Green Energy Consulting, Wilo, Wilson Power Solutions and many more.
- Many case studies will be shared in the Facilities, Technology and Innovation theatre
3. Being flexible in your energy supply can be a very compelling investment
DSR creates opportunities for flexible businesses to earn revenue by supporting National Grid in times of peak demand or system stress by shifting or reducing demand, or by making capacity available through renewable on-site generation when required. Exhibitors include E.ON Energy Solutions, Ecotricity, EDF Energy, Flexitricity, GridBeyond, Ørsted, Energy Pool and KiWi Power.
The Flexible Power Zone, in partnership with Power Responsive (National Grid). This area is designed for the uninitiated to understand and evaluate this widely talked about opportunity.
Lord Redesdale will also explore how changes in the electricity codes are developing so trading energy demand reduction through the use of batteries can become a compelling investment for businesses with onsite renewables and balancing mechanism units.
4. On-site generation, renewable, EV and the energy storage revolution the energy sector.
Corporations are realising that shifting to more efficient, environmentally friendly renewable energy can be important to bottom lines. Businesses should embrace renewables as a way to find and improve efficiencies and reduce energy costs.
Batteries are the hot topic of the moment, so get a grip on technology development and the necessary changes in the electricity codes to increase the income generated by batteries.
- In the Renewable Energy, Supply and Storage Theatre, you can learn about the main challenges when considering the installation of all types of on-site generation and gather key learnings to effectively deploy it and gain commercial benefits. You can also find out how the public sector is leading the way with West Sussex County Council’s energy team presenting the current YES programme, a 4MW solar farm with battery storage.
- While renewable energy needs to replace traditional energy, electric vehicles need to replace fossil fuel vehicles. July 2018 saw the introduction of the government’s Road to Zero strategy. Specifically, this sets out plans to reform building regulations to accelerate the rollout of electric vehicle charge points, invest in new charging infrastructure, and ban the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars from 2040.
5. Taxes and regulations are changing
- From April 2019, the rules on energy and carbon reporting are changing. The new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework aims to reduce the overall administrative burdens on participants, whilst improving the incentive for organisations to save energy through energy efficiency – thus reducing energy bills and carbon emissions. Under the new SECR framework, the government estimates that around 11,900 businesses will be required to report annually on their energy and carbon performance with many that will have to do it for the first time! Gary Shanahan, Head of Business and Industrial Energy Efficiency, Tax and Reporting at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will provide an update with SERC and offer guidance on how organisations can prepare, what will be the qualifying criteria and how the new reporting framework will benefit the companies.
- Get prepared for ESOS Phase 2 and the latest version of ISO 50001 certification. Plan well ahead to ensure a smooth process for ESOS Phase 2 that has a deadline on 5 December 2019 and an easy transition to ISO 50001:2018 by August 2021. ESOS Lead Assessors will provide first-hand experience from ESOS phase 1 while leading experts from BSI, DNV GL, SGS and BRE will be at the show to help to transition or get certified to the revised standard.
6. Collaboration and knowledge sharing
With such diverse solutions, knowledge and expertise on offer, it is not surprising that thousands of small and medium businesses, as well as household names such as NHS, British Airways, Harrods, Hilton Worldwide, Boots, RBS, TATA, British Land, Ministry of Defence, AstraZeneca, Sodexo, Bellrock, BAE Systems, Co-Operative Group, Ofgem, Network Rail, MITIE, CBRE, Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, British Telecom, House of Fraser and many county and city councils are already registered to network at EMEX.