27 October 2010

New Energy Survey Shows doubt over effects of climate change

Survey reveals that while more of us are adopting better energy habits, scepticism remains about global warming and the extent to which individuals make a difference

Hampshire 26 October 2010: A new domestic energy survey by Current Cost, the largest global provider of energy monitoring real time displays (RTDs), has shown that while most householders in the UK are generally concerned about the environment, negativity about environmental responsibility and the view that the ability of individuals to make much of a difference is limited still prevails.

When asked ‘do you believe that you can have an impact on reducing the global carbon footprint,’ 75% of respondents agreed that they could, while 26% either disagreed or were unsure, indicating a significant level of scepticism and confusion.

When asked about their views on global warming, the majority (52%) claimed that they did what they could to minimise their impact on the environment and 19% said that they were concerned about the effects of global warming. A further 20%, however, said that they believed global warming and its likely effects have been exaggerated.

More positively, the survey, which was conducted amongst a range of domestic electricity users from across the country, showed that people in the UK are becoming increasingly more responsible when it comes to reducing energy wastage, with 67% of us claiming to always switch off lights when we leave a room and 80% always waiting for a full load before switching on the dishwasher. Our worst habits are sometimes boiling more water than needed (51%) and leaving appliances on standby (60%).

Current Cost, who commissioned the survey, manufactures simple, inexpensive real time displays that highlight the amount of energy being wasted around the home, allowing householders to take immediate steps to cut back on unnecessary usage and cut the cost of their electricity bill.

“It’s great that more people seem to be making an effort to make energy savings,” says Current Cost managing director, Martin Dix. “The aim of the real time displays is not to change the way you live but simply to provide information so that you know when and where you are wasting it. Cutting back on the amount of electricity that you use unnecessarily can really help to cut the cost of energy bills.”

9 June 2010

Alva Launches In Sight for Energy & Utilities

A daily industry report analysing the news and social media for the latest emerging reputational issues, risks and opportunities.

Alva launched In Sight Energy & Utilities, a sector-based report drawn from traditional and social media. Delivered daily and weekly on a subscription basis, the service provides organisations in the Energy & Utilities industry with an analysis of emerging reputational risk issues.

Designed for Board-level executives, corporate communications directors and frontline business departments, the latest Alva In Sight analysis shows that Renewable Energy dominated traditional and social media discussion over the past month with 23% of all Energy and Utilities talk on the issue. With the oil industry facing a substantial reputation spillover effect from the BP Deepwater disaster and the new UK coalition government outwardly supportive of renewables, coverage of all forms of renewable power is likely to increase substantially in the coming weeks. Infrastructure issues (12%) are closely linked with renewable issues and as such are likely to yield a large share of coverage largely thanks to the divisive nature of wind turbine installations and government policy on the future of the UK’s ailing nuclear reactors. Corporate news (16%) focused on the soaring profits for gas companies as a result of the cold winter as well as ongoing concerns over billing transparency, with consumer dissent increasing via social media channels. This will help boost consumer readiness for smart meters, but the issue itself is likely to be pushed off the media agenda, particularly as its seasonal boost has passed.

Commenting on the new service, Alberto Lopez, CEO and founder of Alva, said: “In the current regulatory and economic environment, the UK Energy & Utilities sector is increasingly under close scrutiny from a multitude of stakeholders. Now is the perfect time to launch our In Sight service, a service to ensure business decision-makers and frontline staff can stay on top of emerging reputational issues and spot potential risks and opportunities as they happen.”

Following Alva’s launch of In Sight Automotive in May 2010, Energy & Utilities is the second In Sight service from the corporate reputation and risk analysis firm. Services are planned for 32 industry sectors in total.

In addition, Alva will provide a range of complementary services designed to allow organisations to build reputational risk assessment and analysis into their day-to day business processes to ensure reputation is managed in the same way as any other business asset. These services will include a near real-time dashboard to analyse an organisation’s reputation, bespoke reputational research and consultancy, as well as sector-specific forums for professional development and networking.

For the latest updates on emerging Energy and Utilities issues follow Alva on Twitter @AlvaUtilities

2 June 2010

Battersea Power Station owners enjoy 30% savings on energy costs thanks to Power Efficiency

Battersea Power Station owners enjoy 30% savings on energy costs thanks to Power Efficiency

... New contracts secured with no security deposit through Power Efficiency’s energy procurement expertise …

London – 2 June 2010 – Power Efficiency, the UK’s leading energy procurement and carbon strategy consultancy, today announced that it has achieved energy procurement savings of over 30% for Real Estate Opportunities plc (REO), the international real estate company and owners of Battersea Power Station. REO is proposing the regeneration and redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which will be the catalyst for the creation of a new quarter of Central London in Nine Elms.

Rob Tincknell, Managing Director of Treasury Holdings UK (development managers for REO) said; “We had been on excessive energy supply contract rates when we brought in the Power Efficiency team. The expertise of the Power Efficiency team in securing such low energy costs has already resulted in cost reductions beyond our expectations, and will result in significant cost savings for us going forward.”

Using its collective experience of over 100 man-years in the energy markets and its constant monitoring of wholesale energy pricing, Power Efficiency was able to secure contracts with suppliers for REO that resulted in cost savings of over 30% on electricity. In addition, Power Efficiency took on high level credit negotiations on behalf of REO and as a result was able to secure the new low cost contracts without the need for any kind of security deposit – a practice that has become the norm for energy suppliers and that is crippling commercial energy users of all sizes.

Bobby Collinson, managing director of Power Efficiency, commented; “Achieving these kind of savings is only possible through close and continuous market monitoring, and we’re very proud of what we have achieved for Real Estate Opportunities. Security deposits are having a dramatic impact on the cash flow of all large energy users, and their broad introduction during the downturn exacerbated this – all organisations should negotiate hard with their energy suppliers to reduce the impact on their business.“

About Real Estate Opportunities plc
Real Estate Opportunities (REO), is a listed real estate investment and development group, active in the UK and Ireland. REO's investment and development portfolio includes land, development and investment properties in all of the major sectors of the property market including office, retail, industrial and residential. REO owns prime office and retail assets, such as Central Park, Dublin and the Lafayette Building, 22/25 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, with high quality blue chip tenants including Vodafone, Merrill Lynch, KPMG and Marks & Spencer.

REO also owns Battersea Power Station, which is being developed by Treasury Holdings. Rafael Viñoly’s masterplan for the 40 acre Battersea Power Station site includes a CCHP energy centre, generating 30MW of electricity, which, together with other energy efficiency measures, will enable the Power Station to become zero carbon and the rest of the development to be low carbon, saving around 65% of CO2 emissions across the whole site.

About Power Efficiency
Founded in 1999 with the prime objective of bringing a fully-rounded, strategic approach to the business of energy management, Power Efficiency is one of the UK’s leading consultancies in helping businesses define and achieve successful energy procurement and carbon strategies. With a management team that has over 100 years experience in energy markets in both the UK and overseas, covering core areas such as energy procurement, energy reduction, auditing and the introduction of new technology, Power Efficiency constitutes a known and respected voice with every key supplier in the utilities markets, and also with legislative bodies, including the UK and EU governments.

28 May 2010

The Oil leak and BP

When we use our Planet's resources as we tend to do,we rarely think of the consquences.
We need gas for our cars,we need electricity for our homes,businesses,for our modern lives.
We want,we need,we get.

Yet at what price? At what cost to our planet,our environment , our fellow animals and creatures?

Do we care?

It takes a severe oil leak off the American coast to make us think.BP are the criminals in this case,they are the ones to be blamed.A greedy company,who wanting to please shareholders ,don't do the safety checks needed to avert such a disaster-one might accuse them? Maybe it wasn't their fault,freak accidents can and will happen.
Its just easy for us to point the blame away from ourselves.

Yet it is us ,the people who crave the planet's resources.We need the oil,we buy the oil and we increase the need for more oil.

It is now time to think about how we can harness what our planet has given us,not to plunder it.
We need to be in harmony with our planet.We need to use energy sources that do not damage our environment.

This is the lesson to be learned from BP and the Oil leak.

15 February 2010

Accurate carbon reporting automated, reducing internal administration and improving accuracy…

Monday 15th February 2010 - Greenstone Carbon Management, the global specialist carbon solutions company, today announced that reporting for the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)* can now be done at the press of a button. Greenstone’s carbon management software, Acco2unt, makes managing and reporting carbon emissions effortless through the provision of strong data acquisition, analytical and monitoring functionality.

More than 2,500 organisations in 60 countries around the world now participate in the annual CDP. Launched in 2000, the CDP requires organisations to measure and disclose information on their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies. To assist organisations that participate in the CDP, Greenstone has included the latest CDP report requirements into Acco2unt, enabling clients to produce a CDP report that covers the entire organisation. Acco2unt reduces the administrative burden by automatically maintaining emission factors and providing the capability to analyse emission, consumption, financial and comparative data. As a result, organisations are able to concentrate on reduction targets and performance improvements.

Matthew de Villiers, CEO at Greenstone Carbon Management comments, “We find the CDP’s quantitative reporting requirements can be a time consuming exercise for reportees. To address this we have now included the latest CDP report as a standard report in Greenstone’s Acco2unt enterprise software. This enables CDP reportees to complete all quantitative elements of their CDP report at a touch of a button – ensuring accuracy and saving significant time.”

23 January 2010

Tioga Energy uses @RISK from Palisade to predict financial savings on solar energy agreements in California

Tioga Energy (www.tiogaenergy.com), a leading supplier of renewable energy services to commercial, government, and non-profit institutions, is using @RISK from Palisade to illustrate to customers in California the potential financial benefits of signing up to a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Tioga provides project financing through its SurePathSM Solar (PPAs), and maintains and operates solar systems on behalf of its customers. Tioga’s offering delivers predictably priced power and enables organisations to to both 'green' their operations and reduce energy costs. In order to illustrate the benefits of solar, Tioga needs to estimate future electricity prices and make comparisons by showing the savings from a new solar system.

To forecast possible price increases, Tioga Energy inputs California's historical electricity rate data into a model developed using Palisade's risk analysis software, @RISK. This generates a probability distribution for electricity rate rises over the 20-year PPA period, which shows that there is a 25 percent likelihood that price increases will be less than 4.8 percent, and a 25 percent chance that rate rises would be more than 8.7 percent.

The @RISK model therefore helps Tioga Energy evaluate the likelihood that a customer will save money for a variety of PPA scenarios (i.e. the rate at which electricity would initially be charged and the amount by which it would then increase each year). It also calculates the magnitude of savings for the different combinations of first year costs and subsequent rises. Consumers are therefore able to better understand the pricing and make an informed decision about whether to sign up for a PPA.

“Using historical data and @RISK's modelling capacity, we can offer consumers a robust view of the potential benefits of a solar PPA. This enables them to hedge against rising electricity rates, as well as feel confident that they are playing a part in tackling global warming,” explains Kristian Hanelt, VP Project Finance for Tioga Energy.

Hanelt confirms: “@RISK is a flexible and technically adept tool that, in addition to enabling in-depth analysis, makes it easy for us to present relatively complex ideas in an easy-to-understand graphical format. As a result, it plays a key role in helping Tioga Energy to differentiate itself from its competitors.”

Tioga Energy's full report on its study, 'Hedging Against Utility Rate Fluctuations with a Solar PPA' is available to download here: http://www.tiogaenergy.com/tioga-energy-reports.php

21 January 2010

Greentech investment leading to career opportunities say Altium

Waste management and recycling is fast losing its rough and ready image. Many of the businesses that grew from roots in haulage and scrap metal have now developed to be sophisticated companies with professional management teams that can hold their own in any sphere. Many are now successful public companies.

Cleantech generally is becoming sexy. Recent figures from the Cleantech Group and Deloitte show that the venture capital community invested over £5bn in the sector in 2009, with 557 firms receiving fresh venture capital funding. As global environmental imperatives making the sector look like a good long term career bet, the cream of finance, management and technology professionals are being drawn to this sector.

As executive recruiters who operate exclusively in this area, Altium Associates are particularly aware of the increase in demand for the best. Altium was formed by a group of experienced executive search and HR specialists to work primarily with early stage and fast growth businesses in Cleantech. Our clients include venture capital backed businesses in renewable energy, recycling and nanotechnology. Over the past year we have been asked to recruit a raft of senior talent, equipped with the skills to make these companies global players. This is partly due to the fact that ‘Green’ investment is perceived as sexy and that there is a queue of Cleantech businesses waiting to IPO. So whilst these businesses are the brain-children of technologists and entrepreneurs, backers are insisting that they beef up the management teams with impressive, high-calibre finance and operational managers to wow brokers and entice new investors.

Some of these hires come from other industries, particularly those that have similar business models or KPIs. For example, operations managers with a heavy manufacturing or chemical engineering background can adapt to the recycling sector and managers from conventional energy businesses can establish themselves in renewable energy companies without breaking sweat. Generally however, the most sought after candidates possess both sector experience and first class management credentials. Even in the recently troubled venture capital and investment banking industry, investment professionals who have the ability to combine the skills and knowledge to evaluate cleantech prospects technically as well as financially are attractive recruitment targets. Make no mistake, Cleantech will continue to offer hot employment opportunities in 2010.

7 January 2010

Baxi welcomes boiler scrappage scheme details

Baxi welcomes announcement by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband that they are supporting the boiler scrappage scheme as details of how the scheme will work are revealed. The scheme, announced by the Chancellor in his December Pre-Budget Report, will help to improve energy efficiency and tackle fuel poverty by offering £400 for up to 125,000 households to upgrade their old boilers to the latest efficient models.

Mark Kelly, CEO Baxi Group UK and Ireland, said: “The boiler scrappage scheme gives a real opportunity for households to upgrade their current boiler to the most efficient available. Whilst considerably lowering the carbon footprint of each household it will also save families over £200 per year in fuel costs.

“Baxi is pleased with the timing of this announcement as we have just launched a high efficiency version of the old Baxi Bermuda back boiler, which is one of the G band boilers. Previously, a replacement meant re-siting the boiler, re-routing all the pipe work and redecorating; the new high efficiency model is a genuine, simple replacement which fits into the same place with minimum disruption.”

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) will administer the scheme. The grant will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and will be payable directly to the homeowner. Details of the scheme and how to apply can be found on the EST website http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Home-improvements-and-products/Heating-and-hot-water/Boiler-scrappage-scheme

According to the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), there are approximately 4.5 million SEDBUK Band G rated boilers still in use in the UK, each working at less than 70 per cent efficiency. Changing to a Band A high efficiency boiler could save you around £235 a year in energy bills, as well as reducing your carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by a staggering 1.2 tonnes.

It is worth checking to see if you are eligible for the grant if you have a back boiler, your boiler has permanent pilot ignition or if it was installed before 2005 when legislation was changed to ensure all new boilers were high efficiency, condensing boilers.

You can find an easy to use guide on the Baxi website www.baxi.co.uk/boiler-scrappage-scheme to help you identify whether you have a G rated appliance. We have also included a simple product comparison so you can see at a glance which A-rated boiler to consider as a direct replacement.

Baxi has a range of SEDBUK Band A rated boilers suitable for every application. The Baxi Duo-tec Combi HE was voted CORGI Boiler of the Year 2008 by installers and was awarded Best Buy by Which? in 2007, when it achieved 5-star ratings for efficiency, low NOx emissions (Nitrogen Oxide), features and installing. Baxi has also introduced the brand new Baxi Bermuda BBU HE, the only A-rated appliance on the market suitable for use as a direct replacement.

And you can also find your nearest Baxi installer on the website. Simply type in your postcode and hit the Find an Installer button for a map showing the 10 closest Gas Safe Registered Baxi Installers, along with their names, addresses and Gas Safe registration numbers.

7 December 2009

Archaic system and complex red tape threaten UK energy security

Archaic system and complex red tape threaten UK energy security

THE UK’s desperate attempts to achieve energy security by 2015 are hamstrung by an archaic planning system, poor infrastructure and complex and ever-changing legislation, according to a new report.

Experts predict that 2015 will be the year in which demand for energy outstrips supply in the UK, an unthinkable situation for an economy already deeply mired in debt. However, too little is being done to pave the way for low carbon generation to come to the fore, according to the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Policy Working Group.

The group, made up of business leaders, renewable energy specialists and services professionals associated with the energy industry, has produced a report entitled Generating Growth which is published on the day world leaders gather for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The NECC report, published in partnership with Eversheds LLP law firm, has highlighted a raft of urgent changes the Government must make if a power crisis is to be averted. It raises concerns that the current planning system is not fit for purpose and says a simple mindset change among planners from one of development control to one of growth would free up major projects that are currently stalled.

It illustrates how confusing and complex the current regulatory environment is for all operators. This is arresting the flow of vital private sector investment needed for projects to reach fruition.

In addition, it outlines urgent action needed to address planning, infrastructure and red tape issues to enable the private sector to address the growing problem of rising demand for energy against a backdrop of falling production.

NECC’s Generating Growth energy policy report also highlights the positives, including how the North East of England is ideally placed to play a leading role in solving the problem through its growing expertise in low carbon power generation, renewables and energy-producing heritage.

By making the right improvements to enable the UK to avoid the 2015 energy supply time bomb, the Government will also create a gilt-edged opportunity to bridge the North-South prosperity divide by smoothing the path for long-term, sustainable power generation, according to the report.

Enabling the North East – the first part of the UK to be named a specialist region for low carbon vehicles - to take the lead in areas such as low carbon vehicles and carbon capture and storage (CCS) could bring well in excess of 40,000 jobs to the North East and as much as £10bn new investment between now and 2030.

However, it illustrates the need to have the right supply chains in place to meet the economic opportunities that new energy industries will bring, as well as the importance of ensuring companies can access the right skilled workforces to meet demand. In addition, the report outlines how businesses themselves must make greater efforts to work together with universities to innovate in the future low carbon economy.

The working group’s chairman, Peter Nesbit, who heads up Eversheds' North East Planning Team, said: “This report is a vital step forward in recognising the opportunities for businesses in this region in the energy sector. The group, which has a uniquely private sector focus, has worked hard to uncover a number of case studies which do not simply serve to highlight the barriers facing the sector but also exemplify how we might react more positively to improve our position as a region.

“Immediate action is required in some key areas and the working group has provided a number of recommendations that are considered most likely to be effective in realising our aspirations.”

Martyn Pellew, NECC president and a member of the energy policy group, said: “The UK is on a collision course with a future of blackouts as early as 2015 because too little is being done to address how we maintain levels of energy production – be it nuclear, fossil fueled or renewable.

“NECC’s Generating Growth report identifies key areas that must be addressed if we are to avert this crisis and to push ahead with low carbon energy generation in a confident and sustainable way. The consequences of inaction at this stage are unthinkable.”

The NECC Energy Policy Working Group comprised: Jon Bird, CE Electric; John Bone, Sembcorp Utilities; Ian Burdon, PB Power; Mark Dowdall, Banks Group; Dr Keith Farmery, Graphite Resources; Ian Finch, Narec; Daniel House, ARUP; Wayne Johnson, British Energy; John McCabe, Rio Tinto Alcan; Peter Nesbit, Eversheds; Martyn Pellew, PD Ports; Prof Dermot Roddy, University of Newcastle; and, Andrew Sugden, NECC.

6 December 2009

Is the UK ready for carbon credits, and will they work?

Is the UK ready for carbon credits, and will they work?

-eWEEK Europe UK webinar debates 'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT'-

eWEEK Europe UK, www.eweekeurope.co.uk , is exploring the technology impact of the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme in its new live events channel. The online publication designed for the new era of IT is inviting people to participate in a live webinar: 'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT':

Date: Tuesday 15th December, 2009

Time: 11am

Registration: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/liveevents/

CRC is a mandatory cap on carbon emissions, due to be introduced in the UK in April 2010. It requires large organisations to purchase allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit, effectively introducing a new kind of business cost into the balance sheet. Joining Peter Judge, the editor of eWEEK Europe UK, on the guest panel to discuss the issue will be:

· David Metcalfe, director of Verdantix ( www.verdantix.com), the analyst research firm that provides strategic and commercial analysis of climate change, sustainability and energy issues

· Zahl Limbuwala, chair of the BCS Data Centre Specialist group (http://dcsg.bcs.org ), which has led the sustainable IT debate with its research into data centre and IT energy efficiency

· Richard Tarboton, energy and carbon programme director at BT, whose track record in reducing its carbon footprint includes plans for a windfarm which would be the UK's largest renewable energy project run by a company outside the energy sector

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. They will be able to able to put questions to the panellists, as well as provide their opinion through live votes on issues such as whether carbon credits will help reduce emissions, and if their organisation accounts for the carbon emissions for which it is responsible.

Peter Judge, editor of eWEEK Europe UK, explains: “We want to find out through our panel of experts whether the UK's CRC scheme will be effective in reducing the overall output of CO2 . At the same time we want to gauge people's level of interest in, and commitment to, the campaign, as this will also be a key factor in determining its success. Anyone with an interest in the topic is encouraged to participate.”

'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT', which will be hosted on the webcast platform BrightTalk, is part of eWEEK Europe UK's increased focus on live events. This sees it bring together its web seminars, panel debates and interactive Q&A in one URL: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/liveevents/

eWEEK Europe UK's event is timed to coincide with the UN's 2009 climate change conference taking place in Copenhagen from the 7th to 18 th December, during which world leaders will attempt to agree on a successor for the Kyoto protocol which will require all organisations to reduce their environmental impact.

17 October 2009

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

The smart cdi – the World’s CO2 champion – has proved itself to be miles ahead of its rivals by winning this year’s MPG Marathon with a staggering 96.81mpg.

Driven by smart eco-driver, Mick Linford the smart fortwo cdi passion coupe achieved this phenomenal figure over the demanding 360-mile route. Acclaimed for its world-beating emissions of only 88g/km, the 45bhp cdi was the ideal choice for the two-day event that aimed to demonstrate how careful eco-driving can significantly reduce the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of the country’s motorists and enhance safety.

Mick achieved the best ever mpg figure in the event’s seven-year history and improved on the cdi’s official combined fuel economy figure of 85.6mpg by over 13 per cent.

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition when I hope to achieve another record breaking figure by exceeding the 100mpg barrier,” explained Mick, who has previously driven a smart from London to Edinburgh on a single tank of fuel.

Dermot Kelly, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “smart has always been renowned for its unique style but this fantastic mpg result and its all-conquering emissions mean that smart now really leads the way when it comes to low ownership costs – a fact which is attracting an ever-increasing number of car buyers to the iconic brand.”

From October 2009 the smart cdi costs from £9,227.55 on the road.

6 October 2009

Isles of Scilly switch off day E day

The Department of Energy and Climate Change are supporting Energy Saving Day 2009, running between 3 and 6 October on the Isles of Scilly.
Tuesday 6 October, residents on the Isles of Scilly are asked to switch off all electrical items which don't need to be on, so that E-Day can measure a collective energy saving.

This is the first coordinated effort by a community to reduce their electricity use and to measure the effects of their efforts in real-time.

The energy savings achieved by a family, the school and the community on the Isles of Scilly will be compared with the baseline conditions across the UK. The results will show just how much energy could be saved if we all made a similar effort.

Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change recorded a special video message in support of E-Day 2009. http://www.e-day.org.uk/

To view the live results from the day, visit the E-Day 2009 website.

17 September 2009

CO2Benchmark and AMEE start to benchmark the world

AMEE today announced a partnership with CO2Benchmark that will significantly extend the range of specialist carbon footprint data available through its platform. Based in London, CO2Benchmark is a specialist carbon analyst firm that tracks and benchmarks the carbon footprints of companies and organisations around the world.

AMEE will provide platform and web services for CO2Benchmark’s data; for example, the benchmarking data that is currently available on CO2Benchmark’s website will now be available to all AMEE API users.

“AMEE’s platform provides us with a robust way to open up our data via programmatic interfaces. Our partnership allows us to extend to AMEE’s customer base to distribute our industry-leading data and knowledge base covering 3,000 organisations,” said Reginald Warlop, CEO of CO2Benchmark. “This fits perfectly with our strategic objective to provide greater transparency into how companies are performing carbon-wise. It will also allow us to apply our benchmarking expertise on a broader data set that is currently available in the AMEE network.

Gavin Starks, CEO of AMEE, said: “We are delighted to have CO2Benchmark join our neutral aggregation platform. Their research and knowledge base aligns perfectly with AMEE’s offering. CO2Benchmark’s database of carbon footprints of 3,000 companies and organizations and their benchmarking algorithms will be invaluable to our customers.”


AMEE enables businesses, consumers and government to build environmental intelligence into everything they do. Applications are “Powered by AMEE” to ensure compliance with authoritative international standards. AMEE is used internationally by a wide variety of organizations, including the UK Government (Defra/DECC), the Irish Government, the Welsh Assembly, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CNN, Google, Morgan Stanley, BRE, Energy Saving Trust, Radiohead and numerous IT, business services and software companies.

ABOUT CO2Benchmark

CO2Benchmark specialises in tracking corporate carbon footprints. Co2Benchmark Analysts research footprint data across many sources and apply global standards to classify, normalise and structure the data for comparison. The company offers three services to its customers:
1) online access to their unique database of case studies and carbon footprints of 3,000 companies and organisations in the world,
2) bespoke benchmarking reports for industry sectors, and
3) benchmarking consultancy services.

For more information see www.co2benchmark.com or contact Reginald Warlop at rwarlop [at] co2benchmark.com.

16 September 2009

…UK businesses set to embrace innovative low carbon solutions…

Greenstone Carbon Management To Address The Carbon 2009 Show - Excel Centre, London (UK)

…UK businesses set to embrace innovative low carbon solutions…

Wednesday 16th September 2009 - Greenstone Carbon Management, the global specialist carbon solutions company, has announced that Ram Ramachander, Chief Operating Officer at Greenstone Carbon Management will present at the Carbon 2009 Show on Tuesday 29 September 2009 at 4.15pm GMT. In the Plenary session “Low Carbon Business Opportunities”, Ramachander will detail the range of issues facing UK business in terms of reducing carbon emissions and reveal the types of organisations that are leading the drive to effectively measure and manage their carbon. The plenary session will be chaired by Michael Ward, Director Low Carbon of UK Trade & Investment and guest speakers will also include Bruce Duguid, Head of Investor Engagement, Carbon Trust; Mike Short, Vice-President R&D, O2-Telefonica and Vicky Elliot, Head, Climate Change Projects Office. Those wishing to attend the event can register by visiting http://www.thecarbonshow.com/registration

The Carbon 2009 Show is the first ever international exhibition dedicated to carbon, covering everything from carbon consulting, to carbon audits to low carbon solutions for businesses. It will be held at London's ExCeL centre on the 29th -30th September 2009. The two day event will deliver the information and resources needed to help organisations succeed in the new low carbon economy. It also offers participants the opportunity to network and discuss the new post-Kyoto climate deal with industry leaders in advance of the crucial Copenhagen summit in December 2009.

The UK Trade & Investment-sponsored plenary session will specifically highlight the international business opportunities emerging across all sectors of the economy as key global markets transition to a low carbon future. UK Trade & Investment helps British companies to identify and benefit from these opportunities, and promotes the UK’s status as a global hub for low carbon solutions.

The panel of industry experts will also explore how domestic government policy will drive innovation and expertise – while creating new products and services – and how the UK can develop its position as a global low carbon trading partner.

Ramachander comments: “Government schemes, like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), are putting carbon on the boardroom agenda, where effective decision making requires solid metrics and a clearer understanding of carbon throughout the supply chain. Businesses that are able to measure and manage their carbon effectively will have a competitive advantage over those that don’t.”

Greenstone is accredited by the Carbon Trust to provide specialist carbon management strategies and solutions that help private and public sector organisations manage their climate change risks within a commercial context. Greenstone’s consulting team includes experts with a blend of capabilities covering scientific and commercial skills in sectors such as IT, automotive, travel and leisure, building and property, utilities, financial services, FMCG and retail. Greenstone is available for video comment by contacting lena@technologypr.eu

To find out more about the Carbon 2009 Show visit http://www.thecarbonshow.com/content/about-carbon