The Sustainability Theatre

Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September

speaker

11.00 - 11.30

Hugo Batten

The New Economics of Offshore Wind: wind in alternative markets

Aurora has produced new research on opportunities for offshore wind to participate in markets other than the wholesale market – in particular, the capacity, balancing and ancillary markets. Diversifying revenue streams could both increases aggregate revenues and help minimise the impact of price cannibalisation as offshore wind penetration increases.

speaker

11.45 - 12.15

Lesley Rudd

Decarbonising Heat – What and How?

The UK has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, from a 1990 base level. Progress has been made on decarbonising the power generation sector but to reach the 2050 target, further significant reductions are needed across a number of sectors; the building sector will need to almost fully decarbonise. This seminar explores what technologies can help us achieve this and what policies they need to thrive.

speaker

12.30 - 13.00

Will Richardson

Sustainable, Ethical, Profitable Business – What does that mean for you?

Will Richardson from Green Element, a certified BCorp and ISO 14001 company, discusses the merits of being a Sustainable, Ethical and Profitable Business; giving case studies on how Green Element does it and how other companies like Grant Thornton, IPG Mediabrands and Regents University London, amongst others have incorporated this strategy into their day to day running of their organisations. Why would your organisation benefit from this strategy?

speaker

13.15 - 13.45

David Newman

The role of biodegradable and compostable materials in reducing waste

Compostable packaging can play a significant role in avoiding packaging waste by producing materials that can be composted with food. The imperative to separately collect food waste in England as in the devolved nations, becomes therefore not just a question of meeting carbon budgets through renewable energy production, but also higher recycling targets and achieving waste reduction targets.

speaker

14.00 - 14.30

Judith Turner, Vicki Cooper & Denise McGlynn

Competence Management Scheme – demonstration of Environmental Permit Technical Competence

CMS is a management system based standard developed by EU Skills which is approved by Defra, the EA, the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales as a method of demonstrating technical competence of permitted waste sites. It can be used by any organisation, from any industry, that is required to demonstrate technical competence for their environmental permit. Learn more about the Standard, the benefits of implementing a CMS and the route to certification.

speaker

14.45 - 15.15

Russ Blaber

Co-locating Battery Storage with Hydropower Generation

During the past year, Cobalt has been working with its client, Barn Energy, to deploy storage units alongside two hydropower schemes; at Thrybergh, on the Rover Don near Rotherham and at Knottingley, on the River Aire near Wakefield. This is the first time that battery storage units have been deployed in the UK in combination with low-head river hydro schemes.

speaker

15.30 - 16.00

Emil Rangelov

Zero emissions vehicles and autonomous driving - oh my!

Upcoming government legislation for low emissions zones means that transport companies need to plan the future of their fleets now. This seminar will discuss the pros and cons of each of the alternative fuels as well as the possibility of autonomous vehicles playing a part.