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Sedex Conference 2016: Simplifying supply chain sustainability

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Exclusive 50% discount for Blue & Green Tomorrow subscribersSedex Conference 2016: Simplifying supply chain sustainability 2 – 3 March 2016 | Barbican, London, UK.

The Sedex Conference 2016 will bring together around 1000 leaders in responsible sourcing to look further into how to best identify connections and simplify approaches to global supply chain sustainability. Hear from organisations at all levels of the supply chain, government and the third sector and take away tangible actions to improve your business.

As a partner of Blue & Green Tomorrow, Sedex is pleased to offer a 50% discount on tickets. You can book your tickets here by clicking on ‘New Registration’ and accessing the discount with ID code BGT50-Sedex16.

Book your ticket now to secure your place at the world’s largest responsible sourcing conference in 2016: www.etouches.com/Sedex2016

Should you have any questions on the Sedex Conference, please contact the Sedex marketing team.

Keeping it simple

Sedex is a not for profit membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. As the largest collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data, Sedex offers an innovative, simple and effective supply chain management solution, helping you to reduce risk, protect your company reputation and improve supply chain practices.

The Sedex Conference 2016 will bring together over 1000 leaders in responsible sourcing for two days of discussion, insight, networking and practical advice – all with the aim of simplifying supply chain sustainability.

What to expect

The Sedex Conference 2016 will offer inspiration, insight and practical advice to delegates from all aspects of business and society, in the form of:

Plenary sessions– hear from leaders in the field with high-level and cross-sector overviews of key topics.

Masterclasses – learn from subject experts and companies which have simply but successfully addressed an issue. Offering deep insights and practical advice, these sessions will focus on implementing and sharing best practice among peers, with extensive time for comments from the audience.

Spotlight talks– be inspired and uplifted with our short and to-the-point spotlight talks.

Networking – extensive networking opportunities allow you make new contacts and deepen existing relationships. You can even use our networking tool to arrange meetings and connect in advance of the Conference.

Workshops – find out more about Sedex and our new collaborative platform, Sedex Advance.

Expert speakers include:

Aisha Aswani, Ethical Trading Manager, The Co-operative
Angelica Berg, Director Responsible Sourcing, Tetra Pak Group
Dexter Galvin, Head of Supply Chain, CDP
Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Alistair Hirst, SVP Global Supply Chain, Kellogg Company
Kevin Hyland OBE, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
Thomas Kolster, Founder, Goodvertising
Piers Knuckey, Environment & Supply Chain Risk Manager, WPP
David Lawrence, Chairman, AIM-PROGRESS
John Morrison, Executive Director, Institute of Human Rights and Business
Nathalie Ritchie,Senior Manager Sustainabilty, Mondelez International
Laura Steele, Responsible Business Manager – Environment and Supply Chain, Sky
James Swenson, Head of Operations and Delivery, Thomson Reuters
Mary Teakle, Head of Ethical Trade, The Body Shop
Donna Westerman, VP Responsible Sourcing, Mars
Peter Erik Ywema, General Manager, SAI Platform
And many more, still to be announced…

Find more information about the speakers here.

Book your place at the Sedex VIP Networking Dinner, 2nd March 2016

Join procurement and sustainability leaders from around the world at the Sedex VIP networking dinner event in the extraordinary setting of the Barbican’s tropical plant conservatory: a secret garden oasis within the City of London. Enjoy a superb three course meal accompanied by excellent wine and network with industry leaders and peers at this exclusive event. Find out more about the Sedex VIP Networking Dinner here

 

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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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