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Rushlight Show 2016

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The Rushlight Show 2016 wil take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London on Thursday 28 January 2016. The Show, now in its 7th year, has over 100 cleantech companies of all stages of development represented by their senior management; investors and financiers; sustainability professionals from major corporates and key intermediaries all registered.  This event, sponsored by Venner Shipley, Atkins and The Knowledge Transfer Network and with over 300 already registered, provides valuable opportunities to engage with and to announce your interest in the sector.  It incorporates the following:

  1. An Exhibition of the latest innovations in cleantech, including a number of entrants of the Rushlight Awards, with over 40 organisations represented..
  2. The Funding Cleantech Conference, which covers the new £250,000 investment prize for the winner of the Future of the Smart Home competition backed by Ariadne Capital, grants, DECC’s innovation funding, London’s only dedicated cleantech incubator, Innovate UK funding and other aspects of funding cleantech companies, our new Crowdfunding Session, and a range of cleantech companies presenting their companies to expert panels of active cleantech investors.
  3. The Resourceful Conference, kindly supported by the KTN and in association with LCRN, which focuses on the development of maintenance and repair, reuse, sharing, renting, remanufacture and activities and collaborations in that area, with direct input from over 20 of the leading participants from local authorities, companies, waste operators, government departments, community schemes and investors.
  4. The Sustainable Solutions Market Panel, where cleantech companies present their products and services directly to a panel of leading sustainability and procurement representatives from Tesco, Interserve, Premier Farnell, Canary Wharf Group, Diocese of London, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Heathrow Airport Ltd.
  5. UK Energy breakfast seminar, kindly sponsored and supported by Atkins, setting out an analysis of the current economics for all the different sources of power generation, with and without subsidies, and then a presentation of the UK Energy Market Strategy by Jeremy Pocklington, now Director General Markets & Infrastructure at DECC having spent the last 3 years at HM Treasury.   This is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in UK power generation and the energy market.

In addition to the 100 cleantech businesses attending, there are a number presenting to investors and to the following impressive panel of major corporate sustainability customers:

  • David Ferroussat, Head of Infrastructure Procurement, Heathrow Airport Ltd
  • Ian Sorensen, Group Head of Consumables and Waste & Recycling Procurement, Tesco PLC
  • Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability Director, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Brian Cuthbertson, Head of Environment & Sustainability, Diocese of London
  • Mat Roberts, Sustainability Strategy Director, Interserve
  • Steven Webb, Head of CSR, Premier Farnell
  • Martin Gettings, Group Sustainability Manager, Canary Wharf Group plc

We are very fortunate to have some other leading individuals involved this year, including:

  1. Julie Hill, Green Alliance and Chair of WRAP
  2. Jeremy Pocklington, Director General  Markets & Infrastructure, DECC
  3. Philip New, Chief Executive Energy Systems Catapult
  4. Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation Delivery, DECC
  5. Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability, Viridor
  6. Craig Edgar, Head of Future Energies, Atkins
  7. Rob Saunders,  Head of Energy, Innovate UK
  8. Sara Bell, Chief Executive Tempus Energy
  9. Julia Groves, Chair UK Crowdfunding Association
  10. Jonathan Lydiard-Wilson, Managing Director, Accenture Operations
  11. David Cornish, Global Sustainability Manager, AkzoNobel
  12. Marius Roestad, Head of Product, Nimber

There are also a range of other organisations involved in the programme including the Carbon Trust, PNO Consultants, Surrey Reuse Network, Warp-It, The Good Rubbish Company, Community RePaint, Braiform, Innoverne, Community Shop, Oakdene Hollins, Cambridgeshire Community Reuse & Recycling Network, Stone Computers, Desso, Turquoise Corporate Finance, Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, over 30 active investors and financiers; local authorities; community reuse schemes; and leading sustainability professionals from a range of organisations.

The standard delegate price is £125 plus VAT, with major discounts available for investors and cleantech companies, so this event is designed to be both informative and exceptional value for money.  If you wish to attend just the UK Energy Breakfast element of the day, the cost is £35 plus VAT, whereas the breakfast event is free for those registered for the whole day.  Registration for all aspects of the event is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rushlight-show-2016-tickets-18417758010.

The number of organisations already registered means it is not possible to list them all here, but they can be viewed at http://www.rushlightevents.com/rushlight-show/who-will-be-attending.

Delegates for the Rushlight Show can also register to attend the Rushlight Awards Party which takes place in the evening after the Show at the same venue.  This will include not only wine, food and networking, but also a very brief awards announcement, a poster exhibition and mini-surgeries where attendees can have 1-1s with an investor, the Green Investment Bank, a PR specialist and a regulator.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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