Show business01 November 2019

Energy efficiency and sustainability movers and shakers meet at The Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) – a free to attend annual event – from 27-28 November at ExCeL in London

Billed as a must-attend energy event for everyone wanting to increase their organisation’s energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, EMEX aims to connect all industrial and commercial energy consumers with experts, policy makers and suppliers.

At EMEX, practitioners and experts from various backgrounds and sectors can come together to share knowledge and experiences from successful implementations of energy efficiency strategies.

Organised in partnership with the Energy Managers Association (EMA), the show has content in four educational seminar theatres. This includes case studies, research, expert presentations and a first look at important legislative changes. Furthermore, all sessions are CPD accredited. Highlights of the speaker programme and select exhibitors follows…


Covering all aspects of best practice, careers and training, Theatre One will feature recent projects, training opportunities and career development for any professionals with a background in engineering, sustainability, environment and facilities management.

Environmental manager at Transport for London, Quinten Babcock, will present a case study about how it generated a substantial energy cost reduction at Palestra office, a large building that provides accommodation and two critical operational floors for the organisation. Meanwhile, Joanna Marshall-Cook, senior sustainability manager at University College London, Joel Kirby, energy and environmental manager at The Celtic Manor Resort, Mohammad Rafique, energy and environment officer at Surrey Police, and Suki Gilliland, networks energy manager at Vodafone, will also share their respective career paths in energy management and what they found helpful in their career progression.

Theatre Two will focus on sustainability and climate change. Across the two days, leading practitioners will share their knowledge and expertise across a broad range of topics and industries, such as ‘Climate Change Adaptation – New International Standard’ and new developments by BSi in 2020 on adaptation pathways, future trends and challenges in cooling, sustainable finance and key developments in the field, and GHG accounting.

International practice and standards development will be also be presented by Emmy Tollin, head of Sustainability at GodEl (Sweden).


Theatre three – built environment, technology and innovation – will present an array of solutions, showcasing new tools and innovative technologies available right now, from HVAC, lighting and smart building controls, to EV charging points and battery storage.

Francis Ugboma, head of Energy Services at Islington Council will talk about the future of heat networks and its focus on developing the low-carbon technologies and solutions that will make a significant contribution to decarbonising heat. Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO at EMA, will discuss the changes and how your sites could turn battery storage into a profit centre.

UPS, meanwhile, will present a smart charging solution for its central London fleet electrification project that enables it to increase the number of 7.5-tonne electric trucks operating from its London site from 65 to its entire vehicle fleet [of 170], without the need for the usual expensive upgrade to the power supply connection. Michael Nagle, utilities manager at London Luton Airport, will also present a case study about substantial savings made by upgrading the fans in HVAC units.

Theatre four is dedicated to strategy, regulation and compliance, covering important legislative changes. Delegates with have the opportunity to get an update on streamlined energy and carbon reporting (SECR) from key stakeholders of the scheme, with the opportunity to get answers from experts.

Practitioners from various organisations – Gatwick Airport, British Antarctic Survey, Bourne Leisure, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and The Royal Bank of Scotland – will also discuss and share their knowledge and experiences on how they manage to balance compliance and policy with leadership and implementation.


Away from the seminar sessions, delegates will also have the opportunity to see and speak to more than 130 exhibitors, who will be showcasing a broad range of energy-efficient solutions and services. These range from major energy suppliers, utility brokers and energy management consultancies, to equipment manufacturers and training companies (see box to hear from some select exhibitors).

Participants at EMEX include: ABB; AB Energy; AEMS; Armstrong; Beckhoff Automation; Carlo Gavazzi UK; CIM Enviro; Clarke Energy; CUB (UK); Distech Controls; DNV GL, EBM Papst; EDF Energy; EIL SRL & RENERGY +; Enercon; Green Energy Consulting; Group Horizon; Ignite Energy; IngSoft; Innotech Europe; KBR Kompensationsanlagenbau; Kelda; Measure My Energy; National Grid; Nicotra-Gebhardt; Off Grid Energy; PE Energy Solutions; Vexo International; Weishaupt; and many more.

To register, view the full seminar agenda and exhibitor list for EMEX, visit:


Technology and software provider Simble (stand #G74) aims to provide ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to transform energy market participants into digital disruptors, allowing customers to leverage big data & IoT capabilities. Simble’s cloud-based energy analytics platform SimbleSense is used by utility providers, brokers, lighting companies and energy service companies. These providers offer mobile applications and web-based dashboards white-labelled to their customers, empowering them to monitor and optimise their energy consumption, save costs and reduce carbon emissions.

At EMEX 2019, Simble will also showcase CarbonView, an integrated cloud-based sustainability solution to monitor and analyse a company’s carbon footprint based on international standards. Widely used by organisations in Asia-Pacific, Simble is now offering the solution to businesses in the UK. Additional features include real-time data, multi-site energy monitoring, customer profiling or bill validation, which can easily be integrated into and used to grow the existing core business.

There are always more ways to reduce energy consumption and costs, according to energy specialist JRP Solutions (stand #A80). And, this is going to be “even more critical” going forward, if the country is going to meet the government’s carbon targets, says MD Jes Rutter. “The scope for energy consumption savings, both technical and behavioural, is immense, maybe even 80%, and we are far from getting anywhere near to this.” So, what more can be done? Rutter gives some ideas and suggestions, including:

● Is your BMS (building management system) saving money?

● Good energy behaviour?

● What is the cost of energy inaction?

● Are you still getting the most out of ISO 50001 certification?

● How sustainable is your organisation? Do you need a sustainability health check?

● Are you getting best value from your FM or ESCO provider?

Roadnight Taylor (stand #A42) is an independent power and energy consultancy that aims to help commercial and industrial businesses and the public sector make more from energy. CEO Hugh Taylor says that investing in renewable energy schemes can be fraught with pitfalls. But the benefits, if you get it right, are considerable. “The days of simply putting solar panels on a roof, for example, and harvesting government incentives are long gone – but there are still lots of opportunities to reduce energy cost and generate some extra income,” he says. “Sadly, many installers are overselling schemes, leaving those investing in generation, storage and heat technologies with large bills and unrealistic financial returns.”

So how can you make sure your project is right? Taylor offers five tips: Review your site energy demand and get a solution to fit your needs; get grid connection applications prepared by independent experts; put schemes out to competition between different installers; guard against profiteering installers; and seek specialist, expert and independent advice.

Also exhibiting at EMEX in November is Solvera Lynx (stand #D50), which will present its energy flexibility solutions, including demand-response platform and virtual power plant. Solvera Lynx developed its Gemalogic Virtual Power Plant Platform to deliver clear demand response for grid operators and power utilities. It is said to provide control of electrical energy consumption and production through aggregating distributed energy resources and loads, providing demand response functionality. Utilities can benefit from ancillary energy services at competitive prices or sell energy on the wholesale market, control and optimise internal production, balance energy loads and integrate diverse energy sources – all with one software solution.


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