Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Carbon Expo, the Facilities Show and Sustainability Live!

 Event season is well and truly upon us.  In mid-May the Carbon Clear team hits the road to appear at environmental and business conferences and exhibitions across Europe.  Three major events in three weeks and today is the halfway point.

Last week Shefali Modi, the head of our carbon reduction team, gave a talk at the Facilities Show at NEC Birmingham.  The Facilities Show is the biggest facilities management exhibition in the UK.  For a group of professionals who focus everyday on how businesses respond to climate change, this was a can't-miss opportunity.  Addressing the built environment may be our single greatest lever in our efforts to tackle climate change.  From concrete (carbon emissions from cement kilns) and timber (deforestation), to energy and refrigerant use, to the provision of parking and bike storage areas, the decisions we make about buildings and facilities will drive much of our response to climate change.

Shefali spoke about "Carbon Management in Practice" to a packed house as part of the show's 'Sustainable FM Academy'.  Later she participated in a panel debate called "The Great Energy Discussion".  It's always great to reach out to such an important sector, and we look forward to continuing the many conversations that begun during the event.

This week, a team of our best and brightest are exhibiting at Sustainability Live! (the exclamation point is part of the name, but we'd be excited anyway).  Sustainability Live! is the UK's leading water, energy, environmental, land and sustainable business exhibition and we started going years ago.  For us, this is a great opportunity to meet old and new business contacts, learn about the latest developments from other service and product providers in the industry, and of course get everyone excited about the benefits we provide to companies looking to transform their relationship to carbon.

If you're at Sustainability Live! this week you can find us on stand S15.

Next week, from 30th May - 1st June, I'll be in Koln (aka Cologne), Germany with some of my colleagues to attend Carbon Expo 2012.  Carbon Expo is the big daddy of business-focused climate change conferences.  This year it is taking place just down the road (figuratively speaking) and one week after the policy-focused (and controversy-filled) United Nations Bonn Climate Change Conference. The policy decisions resulting from the Bonn Conference will ultimately affect companies that participate in the EU ETS, the evolution of compliance markets in other countries, and the voluntary carbon market.  As a result, I expect some lively discussions at Koln in the wake of that event!

Carbon Clear is a major sponsor of the 2012 State of the Voluntary Carbon Market report, published annually by Ecosystem Marketplace. "The State of" report is the most widely read voluntary carbon market publication and the 2012 edition will be launched at Carbon Expo on May 31.  We'll be there for the side event marking the launch, and will have copies of this important report available on our stand immediately after the launch.

You can find us at Carbon Expo on stand B057.

If you're attending any of these events, be sure to come over and visit us.  If not, you can always contact our team via the Carbon Clear website.