Preview of Sustainabilitylive! 2011
the environmentalist highlights what's on at this year's event
One of the UK’s leading events for the environment, water, land, energy and sustainable business sectors, Sustainabilitylive!, is again being held at the NEC in Birmingham. This year’s event runs from 24 to 26 May and, as in previous years, is made up of five shows:
- The International Water and Effluent Exhibition (IWEX);
- the Environmental Technology Exhibition (ET);
- the National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX);
- Brownfield Expo (BEX); and
- Sustainable Business – The Event (SB).
Each show has its own extensive seminar programme.
There are more than 35 seminars at this year’s IWEX event. Topics include legislation and policy, flood management and sustainable drainage systems (SUDs), water and wastewater treatment, industrial water treatment and smart metering.
Day one opens with Jim Marshall, policy and business adviser at Water UK, giving an overview of the latest legislation and policy. Other highlights include: Russell Knight, water resources manager at Heathrow Airport, outlining how the airport, the busiest in the world, is acting to reduce its environmental impact at the same time as increasing its use of chemicals, such as glycol and potassium-based de-icing solutions, which affect its wastewater treatment systems.
Environment Technology 2011 is the 20th such event and includes a wide range of technology suppliers, covering everything from air pollution control to waste minimisation. Seminar topics at ET 2011 include: air pollution, business continuity, energy to waste, “green” transport, the low-carbon transition, MCERTs, recycling, resource efficiency and zero waste.
NEMEX is the UK’s leading energy and renewable event. Seminar themes range from government policy and carbon-reduction strategies to energy management in buildings, and grants and financing. There are several sessions on energy management standards, including a progress report on ISO 50001 – the international standard for energy management, which is expected to be published shortly – and the EU energy audits standard by Martin Fry from ESTA, while Viki Bell from BSI will reveal how the BSI Kitemark and Energy Reduction Verification scheme is faring, following its launch in 2010.
The Brownfield Expo is the UK’s main event for contaminated land solutions. Its seminar sessions this year are grouped around 12 themes, including liability and risk assessment, land regeneration, soil stabilisation and spill control.
Seminar sessions include: Andrew Barton, business development manager at QDS Environmental, on how surfactant flushing provided a breakthrough at the UK’ first carbon-neutral remediation project; Ian Heasman, associate director of brownfield and sustainability at Taylor Wimpey, on the research work of the NICOLE Brownfield Working Group into liability transfer from industrial land holders to brownfield users; and Mark Prout, associate director at TCM, on how to sustainably and practically deal with Japanese knotweed growing in contaminated land.
Sustainable Business – The Event
There is a complete three-day conference programme on the main stage at SB – The Event. The Tuesday programme includes a session examining the coalition government’s plans, and a joint presentation by Dr Paul Taylor, from the Carbon Trust, and Simon Houghton-Dodd, head of quality and sustainability at Tate & Lyle, on footprinting and measurement.
Day two includes a session on integrated reporting from Mike Nightingale, head of sustainability at British American Tobacco, and Richard Ellis, director of corporate social responsibility at the Alliance Boots Group.
In addition to the conference and seminar programmes, Sustainabilitylive!, which is free to attend, also has more than 400 exhibitors. Come and visit the environmentalist team at stand U51.
The Environment Agency has successfully prosecuted Southern Water for thousands of illegal raw sewage discharges that polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, resulting in a record £90m fine.
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.