The Future of Low Carbon Economy Conference
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the air are the highest they have been for 650,000 years, according to NASA statistics. CO2 is a heat trapping greenhouse gas and levels in the air must be reduced if the Government’s target of capping global warming at 2C is to be achieved. This is the highest temperature scientists estimate the Earth can stand before global warming has a catastrophic effect on food production and water reserves. According to the 2014 BBC Climate Change Experiment, the UK should expect a temperature increase of 4C by 2080 if action is not taken to reduce emissions. Pressure is being put on both the public and private sectors to change the way they operate to reduce their carbon emissions in a bid to mitigate the impact of climate change. Government legislation, the growing green economy and innovations in low carbon technology are helping to drive change and move the UK towards a low carbon economy.
Join us for The Low Carbon Conference, where high level speakers from the public and private sectors will be presenting their views on how business can move to low carbon operations, how government legislation is helping to tackle this issue, and how financial and technological incentives can assist organisations in reducing their carbon footprint.
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|Nigel Blandford||Director, Brilliant Bio-Energy|
|Jonathan Atkinson||Project Manager, Carbon Co-op|
|Ian Patience||Business Development, Cylon Controls|
|David Brockington||Board Member, Centre for Alternative Technology|
|Richard Jenkins||Regional Managing Director North, Viridor|
|Alex Germanis||CEO, Pure Leapfrog|
|Neil Jones||Low Carbon Energy Innovation Manager GMCA,New Economy Manchester|
|Mark Atherton||Director of Environment GMCA, New Economy Manchester|
|Roy Alexander||Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Chester|
In December 2015 representatives from 200 countries met in Paris to make a global agreement on how to reduce carbon emissions, and thus limit climate change. The global accord is the first new worldwide consensus on climate change for 18 years, and delegates from wealthy countries have provisionally accepted a requirement for them to deliver $100 billion a year after 2020 to help poorer countries reach the agreed targets. In support of carbon reduction objectives, the European Climate Foundation produced Roadmap 2050, a guide designed to assess the feasibility of achieving a prosperous, reliable European economy with an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions. On a national scale, the UK Government enacted the Climate Change Act in 2008, which legally requires that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.
Achieving these goals will require cooperation from all sectors, with The Committee on Climate Change highlighting the critical role that the public sector has in cutting emissions because of the control these organisations have over local building, surface transport and waste. Together, these three areas currently account for 40% of all UK carbon emissions. The Carbon Trust has worked with more than 3,000 public sector bodies since 2001, providing them with carbon management services that have resulted in efficiency savings of £640 million to date. The Government has also increased pressure on private sector companies for them to reduce their carbon emissions in line with government targets. The 2013 amendment to 2006 Companies Act requires all businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange to report their annual greenhouse gas emissions in the Directors’ Report. The Government hopes that making companies measure and report their emissions will put pressure on them to set reduction targets and put in place carbon management initiatives.
The incentive to reduce carbon emissions does not just come from sanctions and restrictions, however. The growing green economy, including goods and services produced to protect the environment, offers increasing financial incentives for companies to turn to low carbon. In 2012, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures, the green economy added £26.3 billion to the UK economy (1.6% of GDP) and provided 357,200 full time equivalent jobs. In addition to this, Britain is Europe’s third most productive inventor of environmental technologies, according to the European Patent Office. When Virgin tycoon, Sir Richard Branson, launched a competition last year to find inventions dedicated to being a “force for good”, many of which were innovations in low carbon technology, he said that he was surprised by the “sheer number and quality” of ideas he received.
Innovative ideas submitted to the Virgin Challenge include using body heat to warm buildings by collecting the body heat from daily commuters and using it to provide heat to nearby buildings through heat exchangers in station ventilations systems. Another idea submitted was the Soccket, a football that uses a gyroscopic mechanism to capture energy during play and store it for later use. The football, designed to be used in developing countries that do not have reliable electricity, can be used to power mobile phone chargers, batteries or LED lamps. Sir Richard Branson said of the scheme, “There is now real momentum for change in the way business is done, profit alone must not be the only driving force.”
Both the private and public sectors have had success in reducing their carbon emissions, through a combination of reduction initiatives and innovations. Public sector bodies have identified total lifetime carbon and cost savings of 94 million tonnes of CO2 and £2.8 billion, with over 17.5 million tonnes and £700 million net saved to date. A carbon saving of 17.5 million tonnes is equivalent to the total annual emissions of a country like Slovenia. Glasgow City Council is an example of a public body that has successfully reduced its emissions, with the help of an ambitious planning policy. The policy requires energy efficient design in new developments, an increase in renewable energy generation and the use of low or zero carbon technologies. In 2015, the city announced plans to install 10,000 energy efficient street lamps, which will reduce energy consumption by 50% compared to traditional lamps and cut emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes over 20 years.
In the private sector, the winner of the 2015 Best Innovation for Carbon Reduction Awards was the UK branch of company Touristik Union International, owner of travel brands such as Thompson and First Choice. The company installed “TUI Turtle Dashboards” in all their shops, which use a simple traffic light system to indicate each individual shop’s progress towards their carbon reduction targets. This system achieved a 25% reduction in carbon emissions in a single year, and achieved a 40% reduction between 2010 and 2014. In order to achieve this, innovative new technology was installed in their premises, such as new air conditioning systems, voltage optimisers, building management systems and energy efficient lighting.
Delegates attending The Low Carbon Conference will learn about the arguments surrounding reducing CO2 emissions in the public and private sectors, how government legislation is helping organisations to reach their goals, and ways in which innovations in planning and technology are enabling the UK to work collectively to reach carbon reduction targets.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Nigel Blandford, Director, Brilliant Bio-Energy
Professor Roy Alexander, Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Chester
‘Ashton Hayes, Cheshire in helping the community to monitor its journey to a low carbon future along with some personal reflections on motivators, barriers and ways forward?’
Richard Jenkins, Regional Managing Director North, Viridor
Resource Resilience in a Low Carbon Economy
Refreshments and Networking
Mark Atherton, Director Environment for GMCA Authority New Economy Manchester & Neil Jones, Low Carbon Energy Innovation Manager for the GMCA, New Economy Manchester
‘Greater Manchester Low Carbon Future’
Ian Patience, Business Development, Cylon Controls
Since 1985 Cylon has provided building energy control systems worldwide becoming one of the largest independent manufacturers of building controls in Europe. Cylon provides building energy management systems across all categories of buildings maximising comfort and efficiency.
Alex Germanis , CEO, Pure Leapfrog
‘Technological innovation in community energy, the development of business models for community energy and initiatives within the industry’
Lunch and Networking
David Brockington, Board Member, Centre for Alternative Technology
CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing.
Dr Bruce Tofeild, Associate Consultant , Adapt Low Carbon Group
Bruce has led work on biofuels, transport and low-carbon construction within the LCIC. He brokered the project to create the UK's first dual-fuel (biomethane and diesel) low-emissions, low-carbon bus as part of UEA's activity in the EU-supported Civitas II SMILE programme.
Conference Close From Chair
Nigel Blandford, Director, Brilliant Bio-Energy
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- Global and national carbon emission reduction goals
- Government legislation to limit carbon emissions
- The importance of COP21
- Pressures on the public sector to reduce carbon emissions
- Impact of carbon emissions reporting on private sector
- The size of the green economy
- Financial benefits of low carbon for businesses
- Innovations in low carbon technology
- Successful carbon reduction in the public sector
- Low carbon achievements of the UK private sector
Who should attend?
Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of energy stakeholders, including: energy firms, housing firms, local authorities, climate change advisers, sustainability managers, directors of government estates, energy analysts, architects, building services directors, heads of climate change, business development managers, community investment directors, council leaders, energy directors, economic development directors, environmental researchers, estates and facilities managers, heads of fleet, finance directors, heads of housing, heads of innovation, heads of renewable energy, heads of water management, sustainability directors, and will be drawn from central government, local authorities, NGOs, social enterprises and the private sector, trade associations, heavy industry, green groups, regional planning groups, consumer groups, environmental researchers, charities, NGOs, government agencies and central government.