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‘Joined-up approach’ to policy called for by CBI

Clarity and perspective around the business case for onsite energy generation is central to this year’s The Renewables Event at Birmingham’s NEC, taking place from 11-12 September 2012.

Rhian Kelly, Director for Business Environment at the CBI

It comes at a time when business leaders across all sectors are carefully picking their way through the often confusing opportunities to invest in generating their own energy to hedge their energy cost exposure as energy prices rise. Now, more than ever, a strong business case needs to be explained and understood because stalling progress in this area is not an option.

Rhian Kelly, Director for Business Environment at the CBI (pictured) will be speaking as part of the conference programme. She said: “The government promised to be the ‘greenest one’ yet and whilst there has been some debate as to whether they have achieved this so far, it is clear that they are taking steps in the right direction. But the confusion and lack of clarity, especially around support for renewable technologies, is having a significant impact on businesses which need certainty in order to invest. Government needs to provide a coherent ‘joined-up approach’ to policy that encourages and enables businesses to innovate and continue to invest in all renewable technologies within the UK.”

Dan Thurlow, Event Director of The Renewables Event explains the premise of the event: “With increasing pressure coming from many stakeholders to cut costs, get more for less, and become more environmentally responsible, energy is top of mind right across the board. Embracing renewable energy now impacts decisions taken in finance, facilities, building services, brand management, corporate social responsibility, HR and almost every business discipline. Energy costs, corporate reputation and being a responsible employer, amongst many other imperatives, puts pressure on businesses to invest in sustainable best practice, as well as saving every last penny possible in these straitened times. With The Renewables Event we have created a compelling mix of knowledge-sharing, innovation and choice so that valuable time can be put to best use, investigating the whole market under one roof.”

Reflecting on the growing importance of renewables as a part of the energy mix, the show takes its position alongside two of the most established and influential events in the industry, The Energy Event and RWM in partnership with CIWM. Running concurrently, visitors who register to attend any of these free events will have unrestricted access to all of them. The organisers expect more than 20,000 decision-makers to attend.

The conference programme is created in partnership with The Renewable Energy Association (REA), British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), Major Energy Users’ Council (MEUC) and the Energy Services and Technology Association ESTA. Filled with CPD accredited workshops from people at the top of the energy market, The Renewables Event will enable visitors to learn about renewable solutions - the dos and don’ts, creating the business case, technology selection, overcoming barriers, and achieving payback. And, with perhaps the largest concentration of experts assembled in the UK, there will be plenty of opportunity for anyone with an interest in renewables to take advice from people in the know.

Rachel Hodge, Communications Manager at E.ON Sustainable Energy, said: “I am really pleased that The Energy Event has added a new exhibition for the renewables industry to their environment portfolio, as this reflects the energy market of today. In the current economic environment all businesses are looking for energy cost savings. Energy efficiency and renewable technologies are ideal for not only reducing fuel costs but also for improving corporate social responsibility and meeting Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) objectives. I am looking forward to being involved with The Renewables Event so that we can share the solutions for reducing carbon consumption and energy costs.”

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