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Energy efforts celebrated at conference

Energy efforts celebrated at conference

Over 100 delegates are expected to attend the UK’s first Decentralised energy conference this week, co-hosted by Birmingham City Council.

The interactive conference will allow both ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ delegates to communicate with the speakers during the day, gaining practical help and advice on developing low energy schemes through a live forum.

The conference is organised by the Decentralised Energy Knowledge Base (DEKB), in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Utilicom Group and Southampton City Council.

It will feature high profile speakers from the field of low carbon energy. These will include Greg Barker MP (Shadow Cabinet Member for Energy and Climate Change), David Kidney MP (representing Lord Hunt the Minister of State for the Department of Energy & Climate Change), and Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham boasts the fastest growing decentralised energy scheme in the UK, with the Council House, International Convention Centre (ICC), Aston University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital among the city centre buildings benefitting from cheaper and more effective decentralised energy through Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

The conference will give delegates from across the UK the opportunity to learn about Birmingham’s innovative scheme, and discuss their own ideas and potential projects.

Key speaker Cllr Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, whose portfolio covers sustainability, said: “I am delighted to welcome the DEKB conference to Birmingham, where we have a very successful decentralised scheme and a clear commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2026.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1. A photocall will take place at the ICC on the 15th October. Journalists to meet Mike Smith in Hall 9 at 9.20am.

For more information please contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621.

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  • Issue date: 13 October 2009