We will shortly be entering the conference/exhibition season in the UK and Europe, so below are a list of the events I’m aware of that might be of interest to those involved in low-carbon and sustainable technology and business:
- The Energy Event claims to be the largest UK event of its kind to offer insight into energy purchasing, management and efficiency. The exhibition and conference is aimed at ‘professionals who are looking to get a grip on their company's energy use, comply with legislation and put in place sustainable energy efficiency and procurement solutions’. It’s on at the NEC in Birmingham on September 11-12.
- ITU Green Standards Week is designed to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using ICT standards to build a green economy. It will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. It takes place at Microsoft’s Paris HQ from September 17-21. Participation is free of charge and open to all.
- Green ICT: Smart and Efficient Computing for Sustainable Business from the Institution of Technology and Engineering (IET). Will ‘bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested and involved in reducing the environmental impact of ICT systems’. The seminar takes place on October 9 in London - £250 for members and £300 for non-members if you book now.
- Metering/Billing CRM Europe doesn’t need much explanation, but the shift to smart energy means that this exhibition/conference will be joined with Transmission & Distribution/Smart Grids Europe and Smart Homes. It all takes place at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam from October 9-11. Exhibition registration is from €295 and the conference from €1,000, depending on which event(s) you want to attend.
- The Carbon Show is organised in partnership with the Carbon Trust and the ENDS Report and is for sustainability professionals from industry, government, energy and finance who are working to increase energy efficiency and meet UK and European emissions targets. The exhibition is free, with seminars costing from £125 for a half day (early booking). It takes place on October 23 at the Business Design Centre in London.
- The BusinessGreen Smart Business Summit will ‘provide you with unique insights into the latest emerging smart and clean technologies’ and ‘Explore how the convergence of renewable energy, green building and electric vehicle technologies will change the way we all do business over the next decade’. October 23 at the Millenium Hotel in London (the same day as The Carbon Show – see above). It’s free for senior sustainability executives from FTSE350 companies and other large organisations only, with a limited number of ‘networking’ tickets available for £249.
- ICT for Sustainability (The Green IT Expo as was. Is the Green Party going to change its name to the Sustainability Party? I think not). Exhibition and seminars that aim to help senior executives to understand, evaluate and implement the latest ICT solutions to support strategic sustainability objectives. It’s on Tuesday 13th November at the QEII Centre in London and registration is free.
- The Sustainable Leaders Forum is for ‘forward-thinking professionals who want to collaborate, challenge the status quo and drive progressive change across their organisation and supply chain’. It’s at the CBI Conference Centre in London on December 5th. Early booking is £474, cheaper for the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Review: That’s what I have to hand. I’ll update the list as and when I find out about more events.