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Half of businesses in the energy sector believe Brexit will have ‘a long-term positive impact’

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A state-of-the-nation study into how businesses in the energy sector are prepared for Brexit has revealed 62% believe the process of exiting the EU is currently having a positive impact on their business, while just 15% feel it hasn’t had any impact at all.

Commissioned by Huthwaite International, the report shows that post-Brexit business prospects remain positive, with 52% of businesses believing their growth potential will prosper post-Brexit, regardless of the outcome.

When looking at what worries businesses most about the UK leaving the European Union, international trade, uncertainty around trade agreements and changes to laws and legislation ranked as the highest concerns.

Improving negotiation skills also ranked as the biggest priority amongst businesses before the Brexit deadline, with many sighting it to be a key priority when it came to safeguarding profits and reducing overheads.

Tony Hughes, CEO at Huthwaite International, said: “Gaining the skillset and knowledge to survive this economic uncertainty is vital for business success. The UK is packed with ambitious and prosperous companies that in theory should flourish regardless of economic uncertainty, however the importance of obtaining the core skillsets to flourish shouldn’t be underestimated.

“One of the few certainties the UK faces is that, for selling organisations, things are getting tougher. As buying organisations entrench, delaying or even cancelling purchasing decisions, sales teams across all sectors and markets are having to up their game. This means sophisticated negotiation skills aren’t just important to ensure the UK secures a quality deal with the EU, but also form the fundamentals for ensuring business success across the UK too.”

Huthwaite International has published a white paper looking at five key elements businesses can implement to increase sales success in times of economy uncertainty. These include:

  • Confidence through coaching
  • Aligning capabilities
  • Utilising your service resources
  • Negotiation skills
  • Effective qualification

To access the full research white paper, visit: https://info.huthwaiteinternational.com/improving-corporate-negotiations.

Are you looking for new energy management solutions?

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The Energy Management Summit returns on October 5th & 6th 2020 – And it’s your chance to meet with the best suppliers in the sector, all in one place.

This is a bespoke and highly-targeted event created specifically for senior energy management professionals.

It is entirely FREE for you to attend. Simply register your place here for the opportunity to meet with:-

  • EBM Papst
  • Energy & Technical Services
  • ENGIE
  • Nicotra Gebhardt
  • Kinect Energy
  • Onsite Energy

…and many more.

When: October 5th & 6th 2020

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted

Format: Corporate ‘speed-dating’. As our VIP guest, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers relevant to your requirements. A series of seminars will also be hosted throughout day, and you can network with professionals who share your challenges.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, are included with your free ticket.

Who Attends: Senior energy management professionals.

Would you like to join them? Register your free place here.

Are you an industry supplier? To secure your place at the Energy Management Summit, contact Lia Rose on 01992 374 077 / l.rose@forumevents.co.uk.

www.energymanagementsummit.co.uk.

Grab the last places at the Facilities Management Forum!

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Don’t miss out! Register today for the Facilities Management Forum. It’s free for you to attend and could help you reduce your expenditure by matching you up with innovative suppliers who match your business requirements.

But we have just two complimentary guest places left, so register today to avoid disappointment. Here’s why you should attend:

  • As one of our guests, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of face-to-face meetings with suppliers based on mutual agreement. No hard sell, and no time wasted.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to attend insightful seminars and interactive workshops.
  • Network with other senior FM professionals who share your challenges.
  • Enjoy complimentary hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner.

Taking place on January 27th & 28th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, the Facilities Management Forum provides a platform for new business connections.

But act swiftly! There are just two guest passes left – register today!

Do you specialise in Energy Management Systems? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Energy Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the market – and in January we’ll be focussing on Energy Management systems.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help energy management buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Energy Management systems and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Lisa Rose on 01992 374077 / l.rose@forumevents.co.uk.

Our features list in full:

Jan – Energy Management Systems
Feb – Renewable Energy
Mar – Carbon Managemen
Apr – Metering & Monitoring
May – Water Management/Strategy
Jun – Energy Efficient Solutions
Jul – Data Collection & Management
Aug – Waste Management
Sep – Solar PV
Oct – Lighting
Nov Heating & Ventilation
Dec – Utility Management

Tourism transport will account for 5.3% of emissions by 2030

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Transport-related emissions from tourism are expected to account for 5.3% of all man-made CO2 emissions by 2030, up from 5% in 2016.

That’s according to a report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Transport Forum (ITF), which also says at the same time, as tourist numbers rise and the sector makes progress in achieving low-carbon travel, emissions per passenger kilometer are expected to decline over the coming decade.

Against this backdrop, UNWTO has called for enhanced cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors to effectively transform tourism for climate action.

Launched at an official side-event of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme during the UN Climate Summit, COP25 in Madrid, the “Transport Related CO2 Emissions of the Tourism Sector” presents the emissions produced by the different modes of tourism transport. As the number of both international and domestic tourists continues to rise, this data was presented alongside the predicted growth in emissions to 2030 and is set against the so called ‘current ambition´ for the decarbonization of transport.

Presenting the report, UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler said: “This comprehensive study analyses the environmental impact of the different modes of transport within the tourism sector. It is now for the tourism sector, especially tourism policy makers to use data effectively and ensure the sector plays a leading role in addressing the climate emergency.”

Ovais Sarmad, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “While tourism is mentioned in many Nationally Determined Contributions as a big concern, not enough has yet been done. Industry must do more, but governments must align their policies, so that at the international level we can collectively work to increase ambition. The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme is a vital ongoing mechanism to promote sustainable tourism around the world.”

Some of the main conclusions of the research include:

  • Against the current ambition scenario, transport-related CO2 emissions from tourism are predicted to increase from 1,597 million tonnes to 1,998 million tonnes between 2016 and 2030, representing a 25% rise.
  • During the same period, international and domestic arrivals are expected to increase from 20 billion to 37 billion, mainly driven by domestic tourism (from 18.8 billion to 35.6 billion), followed by international arrivals (1.2 billion to 1.8 billion).
  • Transport-related emissions from tourism represented 5% of all man-made emissions in 2016 and will increase to 5.3% by 2030.
  • Tourism related transport emissions represented 22% of all transport emissions in 2016 and will continue doing so in 2030 (21%).

The report asserts that tourism’s transport-related CO2 emissions remain a major challenge and require tourism to work closely with transport in order to support its commitment to accelerate the decarbonazition process and the implementation of a high ambition scenario.

In addition, it says the tourism sector must determine its own high ambition scenario, complementing the efforts of the transport sector. Here, it says, tourism would advance towards significantly decoupling growth from emissions in order to grow within the international climate targets.

Image by Jan Vašek from Pixabay 

Ledger Origin to certify green energy on the blockchain

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French blockchain security specialist Ledger has signed a partnership with Transatel to certify the authenticity and the origin of green energy.

Energy plants (solar plants, wind farms, etc.) need to measure the amount of electricity created through smart meters. Ledger Origin connects its own attesting device to smart meters to certify the genuineness of the green energy origin.

This amount is then transformed into tokens which are securely collected via Transatel’s IoT Connect solution and registered into an energy blockchain. The partners say research and development was a large part of the project, enabling verifiable traceability of green energy worldwide, through green certificates issuance for national registries and energy exchanges.

Pascal Gauthier, CEO of Ledger, said: “We deeply believe there is a strong demand for the digitalization and tokenization of physical critical assets. This is why we decided to create Ledger Origin, our new business unit dedicated to industrial players such as utility companies. Our blockchain and security expertise is a way to solve one of the most important challenges of the future for      industries: certifying the origin of digitized physical critical assets.”

Jacques Bonifay, Transatel CEO, added: “Transatel is honoured to be signing an agreement with a leader in blockchain, because blockchain will be one of the key technologies to secure IoT transactions.”

New Net-Zero Assets Alliance signatories push initiative to $3.9 trillion

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AXA, Aviva, CNP Assurances and Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR) have joined the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, raising total assets under management targeting carbon neutrality by 2050 to more than $3.9 trillion.

The Alliance is a group of the world’s largest pension funds and insurers committing to fully decarbonise their portfolios to avoid a global temperature increase above 1.5°C. Launched in September at the Climate Action Summit, it was initiated by Allianz, Caisse des Dépôts (CDC), La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Folksam Group, PensionDanmark, and Swiss Re, who were joined by Alecta, AMF, CalPERS, Nordea Life and Pension, Storebrand and Zurich as founding members.

Eric Usher, Head of the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), said: “The addition of four significant asset owners signals growing commitment by investors to align their portfolios with the ambitious 1.5°C target that goes beyond even the level of ambition reflected in the Paris Agreement. Concerted investor action led by the Alliance signals to financial markets that making entire portfolios net zero carbon is now clearly on the agenda.”

Now 16-strong, the Alliance actively encourages additional investors to join by committing to a net-zero portfolio by 2050 in support of a global economy that delivers emissions reductions in line with scientifically determined targets.

This is see as critical in light of recent evidence from UN Environment Programme’s Emissions Gap Report, which found collective ambition must increase more than fivefold over current levels to deliver the cuts needed over the next decade to achieve the 1.5°C goal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that going beyond 1.5°C will increase the frequency and intensity of climate impacts, such as the heatwaves and storms witnessed across the globe in the last few years. In the report, UNEP said the world must deliver deep cuts to emissions – over 7 per cent each year for the next decade.

The Alliance will also use its powerful voice to engage with governments and ask them to urgently increase their Nationally Determined Contributions ambitions. According to the Emissions Gap report, G20 nations collectively account for 78 per cent of all emissions, but seven of them do not yet have policies in place to achieve their current NDCs, let alone strategies for transformative climate commitments at the breadth and scale necessary.

Convener of Mission 2020 Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), said: “Reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is a global imperative made clear by science, with huge benefits for all of society.

“We are all better off when finance is flowing towards a liveable future, and today’s announcement makes clear that investors are committed to that pathway. That the world’s asset owners are collaborating unequivocally to limit warming to 1.5°C should be a real boost for all governments preparing to step up their own commitments under Paris in 2020,” she added.

PRI CEO Fiona Reynolds said: “Asset Owners have a key role to play in driving much needed ambition to address the climate emergency. In joining the Alliance, the new members stand alongside founding asset owners in committing to achieve carbon neutral portfolios by 2050. We hope that the leadership shown by members of the Alliance will compel other investors to act urgently to align their portfolios with a 1.5°C scenario and to play their role in meeting the Paris Agreement.”

By joining the Alliance, members hold themselves accountable on progress by setting and publicly reporting on intermediate targets in line with the Paris Agreement. The Alliance has already begun the process of establishing a work plan for 2020.

The Alliance says members will ramp up engagement with the companies in which they are invested, working together with initiatives such as the UN Global Compact Business Ambition for 1.5°C, the Investor Agenda, the Science Based Targets initiative and Climate Action 100+.

Convened by UNEP’s Finance Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Alliance is supported by WWF and is part of the Mission 2020 campaign, an initiative led by Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Energy Management Summit: All your energy needs in one place

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The Energy Management Summit returns on October 5th & 6th 2020 – And it’s your chance to meet with the best suppliers in the sector, all in one place.

This is a bespoke and highly-targeted event created specifically for senior energy management professionals.

It is entirely FREE for you to attend. Simply register your place here for the opportunity to meet with:-

  • EBM Papst
  • Energy & Technical Services
  • ENGIE
  • Nicotra Gebhardt
  • Kinect Energy
  • Onsite Energy

…and many more.

When: October 5th & 6th 2020

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted

Format: Corporate ‘speed-dating’. As our VIP guest, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers relevant to your requirements. A series of seminars will also be hosted throughout day, and you can network with professionals who share your challenges.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, are included with your free ticket.

Who Attends: Senior energy management professionals.

Would you like to join them? Register your free place here.

Are you an industry supplier? To secure your place at the Energy Management Summit, contact Lia Rose on 01992 374 077 / l.rose@forumevents.co.uk.

www.energymanagementsummit.co.uk.

Here’s who you will join at the FM Forum – secure your place today

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Join 60 fellow FM professionals at the Facilities Management Forum where you will be able to discover new solutions and attend a series of insightful and inspirational seminar sessions.

This unique two-day event takes place on January 27th & 28th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted and is free for you to attend. Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner is also included with your complimentary guest pass.

Simply register your place here.

In addition, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, with our current guest list including representatives from the likes of:

  • Active Newham
  • Alston Elliot
  • Amicus Therapeutics
  • Anglian Water
  • BAE Systems
  • Barking Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust
  • Barratts Development
  • Bedford Girls School
  • BGC Insurance
  • Birketts LLP
  • British Airways
  • Butterfly Hospitality
  • Capita – London Borough of Barnet
  • Center Parcs 
  • Close Brothers
  • Connection at St Martins in the Fields
  • Costa
  • Creating Tomorrow Multi Academy Trust
  • Deliveroo
  • Dixons Carphone
  • E.ON 
  • EasyJet
  • ENGIE
  • FBN Bank (UK) 
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Grainger 
  • GSK
  • Hallmark Hotels
  • House of Parliament
  • JLL @ Facebook
  • Kings Cross Academy 
  • Kings Hill Parish Council
  • Lime Academy Trust
  • London Borough of Redbridge
  • London Councils
  • Marley 
  • Milton Keynes College
  • Partners in Purchasing 
  • Pavers 
  • Places Leisure
  • Primark
  • Raven Housing Trust
  • Rockingham Logistics Hub
  • Roke Manor Research
  • Save the Children UK
  • St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club
  • Tata Global Beverages GB 
  • Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Tesco 
  • The Fremantle Trust
  • The Knightsbridge
  • The Royal British Legion
  • TJX Europe
  • Tower 42
  • Trinity Brands UK
  • Vibrant Partnerships
  • Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays
  • Virgin Media
  • Visa
  • Vodafone 
  • Wiltshire Council 
  • Wyboston Lakes Resort
  • Zurich

We have just 60 guest passes available, so register your place today to avoid disappointment.

Big business seeks to assert clean energy needs

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A group described as featuring the world’s most influential companies says it’s actively engaging with policy makers and utilities to accelerate the transition to renewable energy – but it is calling on governments to remove the remaining barriers.

Going 100% renewable: how companies are demanding a faster market response is the 2019 RE100 Progress and Insights Annual Report from international non-profit The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. It tracks the progress of more than 200 member companies toward 100% renewable electricity.

The report reveals that although members are increasingly opting for cost-effective sourcing methods that directly bring additional renewable energy capacity online, unfavourable policy and market structures are inflating prices and making it harder to switch in places such as China and Russia.

The good news is that half of members (49%) are planning to partner with and influence stakeholders (such as governments and energy companies) by the end of next year, to help create markets for renewables. Such efforts are already bringing about policy changes in the Republic of Korea and the Taiwanese market, where to date access has been difficult.

This week policy makers are gathering at the UN Climate Change conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, to discuss how to bring ambition in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Analysis released last week by the UN Environment Programme showed on current unconditional pledges, the world is heading for a dangerous temperature rise of 3.2˚C.

Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “At a time when UN research has said countries are underdelivering on climate action, leading businesses are stepping into the void left by national governments and accelerating the clean energy transition.

“With ten years left to halve greenhouse gas emissions, it is vital that governments respond faster to rising demand for renewable energy. Without decisive action, countries and the energy sector risk losing out on billions of US dollars in investment from RE100 companies.”

Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP, said: “Corporate demand for renewable power is rapidly growing as the world moves to address the climate emergency. Encouragingly, we see renewable energy increasingly becoming a matter of business competitiveness in numerous markets around the world.

“Many companies are now making the shift because it makes business sense – in part due to changing expectations from their key stakeholders – be that investors, customers or employees. Now is the time to meet the demand and speed up the clean energy transition”.