UK water industry to gather in response to rising energy costs
Energy, sustainability, environment, asset management and wastewater professionals will gather at the Water Industry Energy & Carbon Management conference, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on September 23rd.
It is being organised by UK water industry business journal, Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT). The event will offer inspiration and practical guidance for reducing energy consumption and implementing renewable energy projects.
Rising energy costs coupled with regulatory pressures to keep customers' bills down are the main drivers for water utilities to invest in energy efficiency improvements; extract value from wastewater and sludge treatment processes; and utilise on-site renewable energy generation.
Dominica Andrews, conference content manager at Faversham House, says, "The UK water industry is one of the largest consumers of energy. With economic regulator, Ofwat, putting pressure on the sector to increase efficiencies, energy represents an enormous opportunity for water utilities. The Water Industry Energy & Carbon Management Conference has been developed in response to that opportunity."
The conference forms part of WWT's flagship event, Sustainable Water, which is in its third year. Speakers and panellists include: Ronan Palmer, environment director at Ofwat; Chris Newsome, director of asset management at Anglian Water; George Taylor, head of innovation at Thames Water; Dan Green, head of sustainability and innovation at Wessex Water; Ben Roche, head of energy and recycling operations at Yorkshire Water; and Mike Pedley, head of energy at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.
Some of the topics lined up for the 2014 event include: investing in efficient infrastructure to deliver cost-effective and sustainable projects; how the UK water industry can move towards more ambitious carbon targets; ways to monetise energy-intensive equipment to offset rising energy costs; how to meet the mandatory audit requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive; and how to balance renewables projects.
An attendee of last year's Sustainable Water event commented, "An interesting event bringing together the people who matter in the water industry".
Business standards company, BSI, is sponsoring the conference. It is being supported by the Energy Managers Association; British Water; CIWEM; Institute of Water; SBWWI; SWIG; Knowledge Transfer Network; Global Water Intelligence; Water & Sewerage Journal; Utility Week; Wet News and edie.net.
For further information please email Faversham House Ltd