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5 Great Reasons to Attend The Sedex Conference 2016



Sedex Conference 2016: Simplifying supply chain sustainability. It’s less than two months to the Sedex Conference 2016 and tickets are selling fast. Have you booked yours? 50% discount available with ID code BGT50-Sedex16.

5 great reasons to attend the Sedex Conference 2016:

1) Hear from expert speakers: TheSedexConference features speakers from across the globe and the supply chain – from big brands to small businesses, industry experts and leading organisations – giving a rounded picture of each issue discussed and genuinely pushing forward industry debates. We are excited to have a fantastic line up of speakers confirmed, including British Airways, Kellogg Company, Mondelez International, WPP, Sky, Mars, The Body Shop, Thomson Reuters, International Trade Centre, CDP, Carbon Trust, SAI Platform and many more.

2) Meet industry leaders: A number of leading brands have booked the tickets already, including: Arla Foods, Bakkavor, BBC Worldwide, Britvic, BT, Concha y Toro, Divine Chocolate, Dixons Carphone, Ferrero, Fyffes, Givaudan, Halfords, Haribo, Home Retail Group, Iglo Foods Group, KFC, Kingfisher, M&S, Matalan, Moet Hennessy UK, Morrisons Supermarkets, Nestle, Nordzucker, Ocado, Perrigo, SAB Miller, Selfridges, Staples, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Tetra Pak, Tesco, Typhoo Tea, Waitrose, Whitworthsand many more.

3) Network with your peers: We know one of the key reasons people come to events is to meet their peers. That’s why we’ve built plenty of networking opportunities into the conference programme, and this year in between the two days of the conference we will host the Sedex VIP Networking Dinner to further develop new connections and conversations. The glamorous yet intimate dinner at the Barbican Conservatory Garden, designed for just 150 guests, will provide guest with an exclusive opportunity to connect with industry experts and discuss the sustainability topics that really matter to you. Enjoy a superb three-course meal accompanied by excellent wine and network with industry leaders and peers from around the world. Click here to find out more about the Sedex VIP Networking dinner and book your tickets.

4) Get practical advice and take-aways: The Sedex Conference 2016 will bring together hundreds of leaders in responsible sourcing for two days of discussion, insight and practical advice in a form of plenary sessions, master classes and spotlight talks – all with the aim of simplifying supply chain sustainability. You’ll leave with plenty of inspiring ideas and practical actions to take away and improve your business or supply chain.

5) All at a fantastic price: As a partner of Blue & Green Tomorrow, Sedex is pleased to offer a 50% discount on tickets. That’s a fantastically low price to attend one of the world’s leading sustainability events. You can book your tickets hereby clicking on ‘New Registration’ and accessing the discount with ID code BGT50-Sedex16. Click here to find out more and join leaders in responsible sourcing.

Can’t make it to the Sedex Conference in person? You can still be a part of the event by watching many of the sessions live on the webcast:

  • Free to access
  • View live conference sessions
  • Ask questions and interact with the sessions
  • All footage will be available to view again after the Conference

Click here to register for the Sedex Conference 2016 live webcast.



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




energy efficient homes

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”



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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