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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”.

ABM UK’s J.E.E.P. careers initiative enters third year

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Facilities management services provider ABM UK has kicked off year three of its Junior Engineering Engagement Programme (J.E.E.P.), which aims to tackle misperceptions amongst children and their parents of the facilities management (FM) industry, while creating a pipeline of future technical talent.

The third year will build on the success of the programme, which has been delivered by ABM and partners to over 280 students since 2017. In addition to this figure, the J.E.E.P. Teacher Pack has also been downloaded by thousands of teachers for self-delivery.

Supported by education delivery partner, The Transformation Trust, ABM UK will take the immersive programme into twelve new schools, reaching new students in London, Leeds, Manchester and Bradford. Running from November 2019 to March 2020, year three will see over 250 budding engineers participate in the programme.

In addition to the course being delivered by ABM and partners in schools, a teacher pack has been developed. This is available to all teachers to download on the J.E.E.P. microsite and Times Education Supplement. Created for use in secondary schools, the pack incorporates everything teachers need from experiment guides, equipment lists, presentations and worksheets. These resources are designed to be delivered in schools over four full days.

When asked for feedback on the success of the programme, a hundred percent of teachers agreed that their students were more interested in learning skills in STEM following their involvement in J.E.E.P.

ABM UK Director, Adam Baker, said: “The past two years have been a huge success, going from 32 students in year one to over 250 in year three is fantastic. Targeting schools in ‘opportunity areas’ has been a huge focus – we want to ensure all young people have the same opportunities to learn about the variety of paths to success available to them… university is not the only way!”

“Research from final module surveys revealed that there was a 14% increase in students considering engineering and facilities management as a career and a 24% rise in the understanding and importance of apprenticeships.

“Seeing feedback like this shows us that the programme is working. Our goal is to change perceptions of apprenticeships and the FM industry across the UK and we’re in it for the long haul!”

Cate Smith, Senior Programme Manager at the Transformation Trust, added: “We are so pleased to be working with ABM UK on year three of the J.E.E.P. Last year, we saw huge success with the nine participating schools and received incredibly positive feedback across the board in our end of project evaluations.

“Our hope is that the continuing success of the J.E.E.P can pave the way for other initiatives like this, and ultimately support the FM industry in closing the skills gap. Initiatives like this are a great way to introduce young people to a new interest through fun, curriculum-linked activities and experiments. It’s our job to deliver the J.E.E.P in the most engaging way possible and to ensure the students leave excited about their potential future in FM!”

For more information on the programme, visit www.jeep-abm.org .   

Seven critical areas for energy sector transformation revealed

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A new report has mapped seven critical areas for energy sector transformation and outlines a path that world leaders and companies involved in the energy sector should consider to mitigate the looming climate crisis in the next decade.

The by Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report, ‘Seven Challenges for Energy Transformation,’ was launched during three connected international events in Delhi, Beijing and New York entitled ‘EMERGE’ that brought together senior energy stakeholders to discuss issues faced within the energy sector.

The report frames RMI’s view on the most critical areas for collective action in the next three to five years that will keep global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

It identifies tipping points for rapid change that can be leveraged across investment, breakthrough policies, cross-sectoral partnerships and more. It calls for decisive actions on the part of citizens, corporations, philanthropic institutions, subnational leaders, regulators and policymakers to work together in new ways that leapfrog outdated boundaries and scale new and existing technologies.

“Working together, public and private institutions can harness market forces to dramatically accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies,” said Richard Kauffman, chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. “I’m proud New York is showing how these partnerships are making good progress towards our climate goals.”

The events serve as a starting point for leading energy sector thinkers and catalysts across India, China and the U.S. to explore the seven challenges and develop innovative, market-led ideas that will transform global energy use. Guided by the framework of the report, senior leaders from the public, private and philanthropic sectors will identify the highest leverage points to massively scale zero-carbon solutions together.

This ongoing work — part of a multiyear effort spearheaded by RMI — is being undertaken via a series of global labs for stakeholders to forge powerful, cross-sector connections and drive exponential impact.

“The time for action is now,” said Jules Kortenhorst, CEO of RMI. “The window of opportunity to avoid the most severe consequences is closing quickly. This report, and our efforts to mobilise the world’s top leaders to solve it together, is a critical first step to bring about urgently needed change.”

To download the report, visit https://rmi.org/seven-challenges-report.

Meet EBM Papst and other leading suppliers at the Energy Management Summit

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The Energy Management Summit will return 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.

Secure your place at the Building & Construction Summit

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Join the event as our guest and learn about the latest trends and innovations within the building and construction sector for 2020 and beyond.

The Building & Construction Summit takes place on the 16th & 17th March 2020 at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted. 

It’s entirely complimentary for you to attend.

  • Meet budget-saving suppliers who are relevant to your requirements for a series of 1-2-1 meetings
  • Network with fellow senior construction, property development and contracts professionals
  • Attend a series of seminar sessions led by industry thought-leaders
  • Enjoy complimentary hospitality, including overnight accommodation & all meals and refreshments
  • Plus, you will receive an invitation to our networking dinner

Request your guest pass here or contact me today for more information.

Last chance to RSVP for the FM Christmas Party!

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There’s a week to go until the FM Christmas Party, hosted by the team at the Facilities Management Forum and the FMJ – with help from our Partner CHSA.

FM Christmas Party

Wednesday 27 November – BEAT London – 6pm till late

Join friends, colleagues, suppliers and peers for drinks and canapes, and toast the start of the festive season. But act swiftly if you want to ensure that your name is the on the guest list, as we have a limited number of tickets left.

They’re priced at just £40 +VAT which covers your entrance, drinks and canapes.

Don’t miss out! Book today!

Our partners for the evening include the CSHAFSIByBox and Sanderson Cleaning Services.

US pledges $43 million to carbon capture technologies

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has announced up to $43 million in funding to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

The goal is to enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. 

The FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program seeks to develop technologies that address difficulties in decarbonisation of electricity systems, focusing specifically on complications in CCS design, operations, and commercialization potential with the increasing penetration of high VRE sources such as wind and solar power. 

“Flexible CCS technology has the potential to achieve unprecedented carbon capture that will revolutionize the market,” said Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette. “The FLECCS program will quickly advance our carbon capture technology to bring us closer to flexible, low-cost, net-zero carbon electricity systems.”

FLECCS projects will develop retrofits to existing power generators as well as novel systems with carbon-containing fuel input and electricity output. 

The program will have two phases. Phase 1 will focus on designing and optimizing CCS processes that enable flexibility on a high-VRE grid. Phase 2 will focus on building components, unit operations, and small prototype systems to reduce the technical risks and costs associated with CCS systems.

Projects will be selected to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 at the conclusion of the initial funding period, based on the output and capacity expansion analysis of the projects.

A portion of the funding will be made specifically available for qualifying small business applicants under ARPA-E’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. 

To learn more about ARPA-E’s FLECCS program, click here.

Mitsubishi trumpets energy savings of C2C certified elevator

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Mitsubishi Elevator Europe has announced the launch of MOVE, which it claims is the first elevator in the world ready for cradle-to-cradle (C2C) certification.

Designed specifically for the European market, MOVE is based on a LEAN design and production process which works on the basis of optimum reliability and low environmental impact, with production of the elevator using 25 percent less raw materials than the market standard.

With regard to the circular principle, the MOVE is designed so that all components can be dismantled easily, which means that the ‘don’t weld, don’t glue’ principle is applied to production and assembly/installation processes. This eliminates definitive joints between components and simplifies recycling and reuse.

Unlike other Japanese Mitsubishi elevators, the MOVE is entirely produced in the Netherlands, using exclusively European suppliers. This, the company says, also serves to reduce the environmental impact of the logistics process behind production.

Mitsubishi and its suppliers are also working towards obtaining an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD certificate) via extensive life-cycle analyses.

Alongside the MOVE’s sustainability aspects, which are illustrated by the various options for energy-efficiency (including an ‘A’ energy label), the elevator also has new technologies which suit today’s context, such as advanced sensor technology that gathers data on around 700 different parameters.

Mitsubishi says this helps to avoid preventable breakdowns and also extends the useful life of individual components. This technology also enables the company to configure various elements remotely which, in turn, reduces maintenance costs in the long-term. 

The MOVE has been specifically developed for the European market and focuses on low and medium-height utility and residential buildings. The MOVE will be sold by various Mitsubishi elevator sales outlets in several European countries (including the BeNeLux, Germany, the UK, France and Scandinavia).

Mitsubishi says it has been working on sustainability in the construction sector for some time. In 2016, the company was the first to market elevators which are paid for on the basis of use; these are called M-Use elevators. In this context, and in contrast to the usual situation, Mitsubishi remains the owner of the elevator. The company claims this type of contract means that the elevator lasts about ten years longer than usual. When an elevator ultimately has to be replaced, Mitsubishi will also reuse or recycle the materials.

“With the launch of the MOVE, we are taking an important step towards raising the sustainability level of our portfolio even further. This will make sustainability and quality even more accessible to the lower and medium segment,” said Evert Visser (General Director of Mitsubishi Elevator Europe). “In a market which tends to focus on purchase price, rapid replacement and sales via a high rate of turnover, the MOVE is a distinctive product that fits within the Mitsubishi philosophy, which focuses on quality and low cost of total ownership.”