Public sector is coming together at EMEX to tackle head on the energy efficiency challenge.

The public sector has an enormous opportunity to pollute less and save more by making quite straightforward bread-and-butter changes. Dynamic leaders within the sector are showing others the way, while public urgency over environmental causes has provided some impetus. With the continuous rise of energy price combine with a tougher competitive environment ahead after Brexit and growing legislative pressure to reduce carbon emissions, requirements to reduce energy consumption have never been so high.

So why don’t just we do it? It may sound simple enough, but barriers still exist. The procurement process can be complex, but deciding what to procure can be a challenge in its own right. The issue being it is an investment for any organisation, and you must demonstrate very robustly that projects will deliver measurable savings that can increase companies’ bottom-line. Another barrier is the vast array of new technologies that are out there which create a knowledge gap that is hard to close for any professionals in the field.

We have pick out a few sessions that will address these issues during EMEX, the Energy Management Exhibition, on 22nd and 23rd November at ExCeL in London.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Theatre
Practicing Energy Management in the Public Sector (11:50 – 12:30 on 22nd November)
Energy management in the public sector has its unique issues around funding, procurement and engagement around energy efficiency. The panel will share their views on the most common obstacles they face and approaches of overcoming these in implementing energy efficiency in the public sector.  With Wendi Wheeler MEI, Energy & Carbon Strategy Manager at Network Rail; Rachel Toresen-Owuor, Project Director – Re:fit at Local Partnerships; Rodrigo Matabuena, Energy Manager at London Borough of Sutton; Mohammad Rafique, Energy and Environment Officer at Surrey Police

Lessons from Universities on Energy Management (12:40 – 13:20, 23rd November)
Universities are large complex organisations and their governance is often less then logical. However, some of the best energy efficiency strategies have come out of this sector. In this seminar will concentrate on how these can be achieved. With Rachel Ward, Sustainability Manager – London Metropolitan University; Tristan Wolfe, Energy Manager at University of Aberdeen; Ian Lane, Head of Sustainability at University of the Arts London

Water & Energy Strategy Theatre
The Retail Water Market: End Users Wade in and Share their Experience (11:25 – 12:10 on 22nd November)
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. 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. With Evan Joanette, Policy Manager at Consumer Council for Water; Ian Gregory, Head of Utilities at University of Birmingham; Adam Yarnall, Network Utilities Manager at Camping & Caravanning Club; James Tiernan, Group Energy & Environment Manager at Unite Students

A Meter of Life and Death (14:00 – 14:30 on 23rd November)
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. With Roger Low, Chartered Energy Manager at Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Ministry of Defence)

Renewables, Supply and Storage Theatre

The Basics of Battery Storage Technology (14:30 – 15:00 on 22nd November)
Much has been said about the battery storage technology, however what are the main factors that should be taken into consideration to ensure a successfully implementation? This seminar will give the basic understanding of how the technology works and the opportunities and limitations it represents. Which Robert Williams, General Manager – Procurement at BT; John Robb, Segment Director, Commercial Buildings EMEA at Eaton Electric Ltd, Dr Alex Mardapittas, Managing Director at Powerstar; Michael Clark, Chief Technology Officer at Become Energy

Heat Networks Outside Major Cities – The Challenges and Opportunities (11:50 – 12:20 on 23rd November)
Heat networks are typically associated with major urban centres, where the high density of buildings strongly supports the business case. However, if the UK is to meet its carbon budgets, then heat networks also have a role in smaller urban areas and new developments. The challenges and opportunities of developing heat networks in theses settings will be covered in this session, reflecting on the experience of two heat network studies in smaller urban areas. With Edward Barlow, Energy Manager at Buckinghamshire County Council.

EMEX is over 130 exhibitors and 80 free-to-attend CPD-accredited seminars spread across 4 theatres – Knowledge, Skills and Experience – Water & Energy Strategy – Facilities, Technology & Innovation – Renewables, Supply and Storage.

The full seminar programme is available online. Register for free at