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A look ahead to Sustainability Live

Date: 26/03/2014 | Author: Sustainability Live and Resource Efficient Business

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Sustainability Live takes place next week. Find out more in our special preview.

Sustainability Live is the UK’s ultimate event for energy efficiency, energy recovery, water and wastewater management comprising of ENERGY RECOVERY, NEMEX and IWEX. The event offers the opportunity to compare products and services from a wide range of exhibitors alongside a free-to-attend Keynote and Seminar programme at Birmingham’s NEC from the 1st to 3rd April 2014.

“Better energy management can enable firms to reduce their energy bills and future-proof their business against long-term price rises and volatility,” says David Copeland, Marketing Director of Sustainability Live. “The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) believes that business activity on the ground can translate to a material impact on UK growth and jobs, supporting a domestic market worth £17.6bn and employing 136,000 people across the country.”

Sustainability Live will be launching its first Keynote Stage this year, situated in the heart of the exhibition and featuring expert speakers who will cut through the jargon to debate and discuss the latest sustainability policy and practice affecting business.

Over 250 leading companies will showcase their latest innovations and services at Sustainability Live, making it the perfect place to develop new business relationships, and find the best products to suit your organisation’s requirements.


Energy Recovery is centred on EfW, Bioenergy and Anaerobic Digestion. The seminar programme at Energy Recovery 2014 includes a number of compelling case studies that will provide visitors with practical insights on how to develop waste-to-Energy (WtE) solutions, as well as the options available for turning residual waste into a useable form of energy. One of the highlights at the free-to-attend event is a speaker panel session entitled ‘Resource Revolution: Turning resource efficiency into competitive gain’. It is being chaired by Dustin Benton, head of resource stewardship, Green Alliance, and will feature: Susanne Baker, senior climate and environment policy advisor, EEF (The Manufacturers' Organisation); Dr Liz Goodwin, chief executive, WRAP; Chris Sherwin, head of sustainability, Seymourpowell; and James Walker, head of innovation, Kingfisher Group.

Energy recovery’s seminar programme will include over 30 leading industry speakers from across the country in a new three-day seminar programme within the Energy Recovery Theatre. The exhibition will showcase over 20 companies and organisations, including Siemens, BSI Group, and the Energy Institute.

NEMEX highlights

NEMEX has a focus on energy efficiency, knowledge and expertise. The seminars will present a number of compelling case studies that will provide visitors with the opportunity to learn how to make their organisation more energy efficient. One of the highlights at the free-to-attend event, which is being held at Birmingham’s NEC, is a speaker panel session entitled ‘What will it take to keep the lights on?’ Chaired by Ellen Bennet, Editor of Utility Week, the panel includes Tom Greatrex,M.P Shadow Energy Minister; Lawrence Slade, COO of Energy UK; Gaynor Hartnell, Former Chief Executive of Renewable Energy Association; and Keith McLean, Policy and Research Director at Scottish Southern Energy. Greatrex, has previously served as a member on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and has been vocal about issues including shale gas and CCS.

IWEX highlights

The key event for water and wastewater management, IWEX, will be having a special event to mark the 25th anniversary of the water sector. A speaker panel session entitled ‘The Water Industry: 25 years since privatisation’ featuring Dan Rogerson, parliamentary under secretary of state for water, forestry, rural affairs and resource management, Defra will be the highlight of the event. The panel session will also include exclusive insights from Lord Moynihan, former parliamentary under-secretary of state responsible for water privatisation, DefraJonson Cox, Chairman of OfwatSir Ian Byatt, former UK water regulator and Colin Skellett, executive chairman of Wessex Water.


Taking place alongside Sustainability Live this year are the Environment and Energy Awards and the Water Industry Achievement Awards.

The Water Industry Achievement Awards takes place on1st April at Hilton Birmingham Metropole and celebrates and rewards outstanding innovation in the UK water industry.

The Environment and Energy Awards take place on 2nd April at the National Motorcycle Museum and is widely regarded as one of the highest accolades for sustainability in the corporate sector. It recognises excellence and innovation in sustainable business practices.

Sustainability Live 2014 is a free-to-attend event taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 1st to 3rd April. To find out more, or to register, visit

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UNTHA UK is now a familiar face at Sustainability Live, but as the team plans for the 2014 NEC event, this year looks set to be the best show yet.

Keen to maintain an educative approach to interacting with delegates, UNTHA UK is inviting existing and prospective customers to stand E64, to learn how to devise the most efficient and cost-effective shredding system for their organic waste or alternative fuel production facilities.

The main focal point of the stand will be an informative ‘Best practice RDF and SRF production’ wall. Spanning the full width of the UNTHA UK hub, this impactful feature will advise how to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s fuel, whilst maximising profitability along the way. The team’s energy recovery experts will also be on hand to answer any questions specific to delegates’ own waste handling plants.

Managing director Chris Oldfield explains: “UNTHA UK’s philosophy is ‘we will give you more’. So, whether you are an existing customer, or even if you have never worked with us before, we are here to help. Our industry experience and knowledge means we are well-placed to offer an array of expertise and advice, and we will share as much of this as possible, to encourage wider resource efficiency progress in the UK.”

UNTHA UK’s stand will also play host to the team’s new compact shredder for food waste and packaging – the UNTHA S25. The smallest and lowest cost machine ever manufactured by the Austrian-owned shredding pioneers, this clever two shaft shredder is supplied as a complete CE certified system that is ready to ‘plug and go’.

Chris continues: “The S25 has been purposefully designed to satisfy the industry’s need for a simple, cost-effective yet high quality shredder. Available from only £13.50 per day through UNTHA Finance (subject to status and terms), this machine is built to the same quality standards as a shredder that would cost twenty times as much. With its small footprint, it is therefore perfect for organisations with budget and site space constraints. We hope it will present a number of new opportunities for organic waste handlers and small-scale anaerobic digestion facilities, as a result.”

Sustainability Live will take place at the NEC Birmingham, from 1-3 April 2014. To pre-register for free entry, please visit

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