Water and Lighting Hubs move sustainability up a gear
The UK’s largest sustainability event has responded to industry appeals with the launch of dedicated Lighting and Water hubs for the edie Live show, which takes place at the NEC in May.
In the edie 2015-2016 survey on energy management, 62% of respondents placed energy efficient lighting systems at the top of their list of future initiatives. Meanwhile, water has become a priority focus for carbon reduction, cost savings, and brand protection.
The Water and Lighting Hubs will host leaders from each field – ranging from auditing and advisory roles to technology providers – who will provide hands-on demonstrations designed to give visitors a comprehensive package of solutions. Lighting and effective water management are also key themes in the show’s seminar programme, with dedicated sessions taking place in the show theatres.
Will Parsons, content director at edie, said: “Our survey clearly demonstrates the will to improve among businesses. However, specifying lighting, for example, can involve a complex procurement process and sustainability, energy and facilities managers are often left searching for technologies and solutions.
“The Lighting and Water Hubs at edie Live will tackle this issue head on by featuring leading providers of solutions for the show’s audience of highly influential customers, business end-users and sustainability professionals who you simply won’t meet at any other event.”
According to the 2015 Carbon Disclosure Project Global Water report, many companies have reported that water-related challenges directly hit their bottom line in the past year, with 73% of the companies involved benefiting from better water management.
Estimates suggest that demand for water will exceed viable sources by 40% in 2030 if nothing is done. In 2010, the UK saw its first desalination plant open and, while water usage targets are nothing new, 2015 saw drinks giant Diageo take a radical approach with a 50% improvement in efficiency target extended to include suppliers.
Will Parsons added: “Companies taking steps to manage their water use responsibly will find themselves in a strong position to achieve cost savings, supply chain resilience, increased brand value and mitigate the physical and regulatory risks associated with water scarcity or stress and higher prices.
“We have listened carefully to businesses when choosing the themes for our Hubs, so we are confident that we are providing a valuable, and much-needed resource.”