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Events, Latest News, World & Business|May 12, 2015 09:34

Under one green roof

It’s the time of year that causes excitement among the industry, Sustainability Live is upon us…

To try and limit the effects of global warming, the UK has set strict targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and to obtain 15 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. As a result, businesses are under increasing pressure to review and reduce their energy usage and there is no better place to explore the options than at Sustainability Live.

Returning to the NEC, Birmingham, from 24 to 26 May, the event attracts more than 400 visitors and is a major platform for companies and organisations to share the latest in technology and industry innovations.

Sustainability Live is made up of five shows across the water, energy, land, environment and sustainability sectors.

Donna Bushell, event director of Sustainability Live said: ‘Each year, reducing carbon and becoming more sustainable becomes an even bigger issue for organisations and this in turn shows in the number of visitors registering for the event and in the high level companies that Sustainability Live attracts.’

Alongside the exhibition, is a three day conference and seminar programme where business leaders and practitioners will be able to discover current industry issues. This year has a range of exhibitors and features. Renault has signed up to show its electric vehicles and an associated conference organised by Utility Week and the Major Energy Users’ Council will be held.

‘The Energy Efficiency Race, Utility Week’s competition will be included,’ adds Bushell. ‘This gives up to 10 organisations an opportunity to showcase their expertise for around 200 business managers, telling audiences in 60 seconds what their ‘top tip’ is on saving energy or going green. ‘We hope that the show proves to be another resounding success for all involved including exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees and supporting partners.’ With so much to see and do in just three days, The Alternative Energy Spcialists has taken the time to provide you with a guide of what not to miss.


There are very few better opportunities for business leaders to learn about the latest solutions than the National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX). Making up one fifth of Sustainability Live, the exhibition will showcase advances in renewable energy products, energy management systems and energy efficient technologies.

Last year’s show attracted just under 9,000 visitors and numbers look set to increase with the feature of some of the biggest names in the energy sector including British Gas Business, Powerstar, Business Stream, powerPerfector, Monodraught and Siemens Metering Services.

A three-day seminar programme will give an insight into government policy, carbon reduction strategies, training, financing and issues affecting the energy sector. On the third day, expert speakers will discuss issues such as behavioural changes required in marketing energy efficiency and examine case studies on community engagement.

HEVAR, for the first time will be co-located to NEMEX. An event for buyers and specifiers in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industries, it will include a seminar programme which will address energy management in buildings, heat pumps, bio fuel and solar technologies, to name a few.

NEMEX will host an array of exhibitors. Wind Direct will be on hand to explain the zero cost, capital, risk and emissions involved in developing a wind turbine on an industrial or commercial site.

Free assessments will be conducted by Wind Direct to establish site viability and provide approximations of financial savings which could amount to between 20 and 30 per cent savings on electricity bills. EcoCooling will be exhibiting its latest CREC computer room evaporative cooling unit, enlightening both users and consultants on how much energy saving can be achieved through its use and evaporative cooling technology.

Jo Marshall of EcoCooling said: ‘We have chosen to exhibit at NEMEX as this is an established energy show where we have successfully exhibited for the past few years and we believe the pre-show marketing to be excellent.’

The exhibition will highlight simple technologies for improving energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sector such as lighting. Dialight will be showing its high performance DuroSite series LED high bay luminare, aimed at warehouses, cold stores, exhibition centres and processing plants. For the first time it will reveal StreetSense euro LED street light.

Dialight has chosen to exhibit as it believes NEMEX is an opportunity to promote LED lighting as an energy efficient technology to an audience of energy executives and decision makers across a range of industries all of whom are seeking solutions to the latest energy crisis.


The Environmental Technology Exhibition celebrates 20 years of cutting edge technology. The event is the ideal opportunity for any business looking for knowledge and advice in carbon management, industrial and commercial waste management, green transport and manufacturing pollution control.

Don’t ignore the opportunity to discover more with a three-day seminar programme. Covering a range of topics from business waste and legislation to air pollution and green transport, the seminars will include discussions from Dr David Dickerson, principle sustainability consultant from Hilson Moran, and Daniel Scharf consultant from GreenSpeed.

Visitors can experience the ‘meet the buyer’ event hosted by UK Trade and Investment. Held on Wednesday 25 May, it will offer one-to-one meetings for UK suppliers to discuss procurement needs with buyers from China, Egypt, Mexico, Russia, India, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the USA.


With more than 70 companies already signed up, the International Water and Effluent Exhibition (IWEX) celebrates its 25th anniversary and its position as one of the UK’s leading water industry events at this year’s NEC show.

Sustainable water management is now one of the most serious environmental concerns facing governments which has led to IWEX becoming widely accredited. Acting as one of the largest forums in the country for water organisations and utilities companies, the event explores the latest advances in water technologies and solutions to sustainable water practices.

Visitors can take advantage of a busy seminar programme which will discuss industry issues such as legislations, storm water management, FOG solutions and a presentation of SUDS and flood management by The Alternative Energy Spcialists’s columnist Terry Nash, director of the UK Rainwater Harvesting Association.

The IWEX will once again present its own ‘University Challenge’ which highlights the best research carried out in the water sector. It will focus on efficiencies and cost-saving methods, sustainable water management, filtration systems and more.

Don’t miss the 23rd Institute of Water national Drilling and Tapping Championship. The traditional and competitive event allows the best practitioners from water companies to test their skills in drilling and tapping high pressure water mains, each hoping to be crowned champion.


Run by Faversham House Group, the Brownfield Expo (BEX) for remediation and contaminated land solutions is the UK’s only exhibition for brownfield regeneration.

Showcasing a range of technologies that supports the aim of returning previously derelict land to productive use, the exhibition will also include a three-day seminar programme hosted by experts in the sector to share the latest knowledge and practice to delegates.

Held in Hall 3 and 3a, the government’s commitment to bring more land into sustainable use has fuelled the interest in this exhibition.


Sustainable Business the Event (SB) returns to the NEC to provide effective sustainable strategies to businesses.

Attracting an array of exhibitors, visitors and industry experts across the private and public sectors, SB strives to demonstrate how minimising environmental impacts can maximise profits.

A three-day conference programme will run alongside the exhibition allowing experts to share the latest in leadership, industry knowledge, financial information and practices.

The Environment and Energy Awards

Adding an extra two categories – best energy efficient refurbishment and best energy supplier customer service – this year’s award looks set to be the most competitive yet.

Recognising the advances in sustainable business practices across the environment, land, energy and sustainable business sectors, the awards have attracted a record number of entries.

Results will be announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday 24 May at the National Motorcycle Museum.

Wind Direct: 0845 468 0230 | www.wind-direct.co.uk
Eco Cooling: 01284 810 585 | www.ecocooling.org
Dialight: 01638 665 161 | www.dialight.com

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