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May 25, 2009

Carbon Clear to manage Energy Event emissions and launch carbon calculator

A five-year agreement has been reached between Carbon Clear, the leading carbon management company, and Western Business Exhibitions regarding The Energy Event.

Under the terms of the agreement, Carbon Clear will be the official carbon management and offset partner for the annual exhibition and conference, which this year takes place on 9-10 September at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
Carbon Clear will measure and offset the carbon footprint of The Energy Event.  This involves gathering information about the gas and electricity consumption, visitor travel, how the waste is handled, etc. Carbon Clear will then offset the footprint using high-quality carbon offsets.
According to Cameron Wilson, at Carbon Clear, one of the major ambitions of this partnership is to help to reduce the total carbon footprint of the event. In 2008, The Energy Event generated 115.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“The most significant contributor to the carbon footprint last year was visitor travel,” said Wilson. “We have online information that will help educate the visitor about how they can reduce their overall effect in 2009.”

Alongside with this online information, Carbon Clear will also be working with The Energy Event’s organisers, as part of their consultancy role, to help them implement initiatives that will reduce the total carbon emissions even further.
This partnership is evidence that the events industry is becoming increasingly ‘carbon aware’, with the timing being particularly apposite, as Carbon Clear is just about to launch an online carbon footprint calculator specifically tailored for the events industry. Using the online calculator, event organisers can get a rough estimate of their carbon footprint.
With the recession affecting most sectors, one view is that environmental matters have had to take something of a back seat as the focus on core business intensifies. However, as Wilson emphasises, carbon emissions are generated by use of energy and resource consumption, which are business cost centres. 

“Simply by identifying and implementing ways of cutting carbon, businesses can be driving efficiencies and cost savings,” said Wilson. “Do it well, and your business will almost certainly retain and win new business. Similarly, when carbon offsetting appears as a line on the profit and loss account, it becomes a cost that needs to be driven down. With the finance director engaged, carbon reductions tend to follow.”
The Energy Event covers energy management, procurement and efficiency and through its range of conferences, as well as its exhibition, it addresses issues and technology that stretch from the shop floor to the bottom line.

The Energy Insight conference is aimed at those looking to the future of energy policy, as well as for more immediate savings, while other seminars will contain a mixture of practical and legislative information.

For more information, visit: www.theenergyevent.com

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