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Retailers to share eco-tech know

By Retail Technology | Tuesday April 16 2013

Eco Technology Show seminar and conference programmes attract industry leaders to present best-practice strategic insight, including Kingfisher and IKEA UK

The Eco Technology Show, the UK trade event for building owners, occupiers and the general public, covering sustainable build, energy, transport and technology, is attracting retail industry leaders thanks to a packed seminar and conference programme.
The two-day event has secured expert speakers from the likes of Kingfisher, BT, Ikea and the Energy Saving Trust to provide in-depth insights into key industry issues such as the ‘Green Deal’ and domestic energy efficiency retrofits, commercial property and renewable energy, as well as innovation, smarter transport and waste.

Retailers discuss sustainability progress
Seminar highlights for trade visitors include James Walker, innovation project manager at Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, who will discuss the commercial and strategic benefits arising from its Net Positive programme. Net Positive is a new approach to doing business that is designed to go further than minimising any negative impact and reducing resource usage.

Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for IKEA UK, will present on the retailer’s People & Planet Positive strategy for transforming its business to fulfil future customer needs and address the higher price of raw materials and energy, while driving down emissions and maintaining low prices.

Eco-conscious retailers will also be joined by other private and public sector speakers, such as Francesca Iliffe, Brighton & Hove City Council sustainability officer and Matthew Turner of AECOM presenting the South Downs and Brighton & Hove renewable energy case study, which deals with pros and cons of renewable energy options and where they can be installed. 

Richard Gould, director of business operations at Sevenoaks Energy Academy will also be hand to advise how the trade can benefit commercially from the government’s Green Deal building energy efficiency retrofit programme, and Kevin Byrne, managing director, will also be on hand to discuss the benefits of working with vetted and reputable tradespeople.

Driving energy efficient business forward 
Nicola Gunstone, commercial director at The Eco Technology Show, commented: “We are delighted to have so many influential industry leaders and speakers involved. This event will create tangible opportunities for companies to network, promote themselves and do business with exhibitors and other visitors.
“I encourage traders to check out our Smart Business Conference, which covers innovation and sustainable growth for future cities and business. This features speakers from various organisations and local authorities, some of who influence the procurement of trade services.
“The Eco Technology Show is a must attend event for anyone interested in how energy efficiency and saving money will drive their business forward. The interest in this year’s event has been phenomenal, making it set to be the biggest yet.”
The Eco Technology Show 2013 is set unveil the latest eco technology innovations from across Europe and feature over 100 exhibitors, from 14 to 15 June 2013 at The Brighton Centre. 

Trade visitors can register for the event free here using code PRM60.

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