Energy efficiency expo to focus on improving energy use and cutting costs

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, from the 23-24 October, Energy Efficiency Expo is a free-to-attend conference and exhibition for business, government and industry looking for ready and practical measures to manage their rising energy costs.

With energy costs accounting for over 15 per cent of total operational costs for food businesses, according to the Federal Department of Environment & Energy, Energy Efficiency Expo is an opportune forum to learn how to address energy affordability and productivity challenges within food manufacturing or processing operations.

Launched by Reed Exhibitions Australia, in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), this inaugural edition will feature a conference program with over 80 expert speakers, the latest low-carbon and energy cost reducing solutions, and business workshops.

Key sessions relevant for food and beverage businesses, particularly manufacturers and processors, within the conference program include:

Discussing the importance of businesses taking control of their energy costs, Jeff Renaud, Managing Director Asia and Oceania, Enel X, speaking in the ‘Enabling demand response for households and SME’s’ session, said: “In today’s dynamic energy landscape, businesses need to understand how to better manage their operational energy demand in order to remain competitive. At Enel X, we help businesses turn energy into a competitive advantage with demand response or power flexibility – the ability to intelligently alter when they use grid power. Since 2004, we’ve worked with Australian businesses to harness their inherent power flexibility to unlock new sources of revenue, reduce price risk and support their transition to renewable power. At this year’s Energy Efficiency Expo, I look forward to discussing how businesses can unlock the most value for their operations by maximising their power flexibility, as part of their strategy to become more energy efficient.”

Running concurrently to the conference, will be two half-day energy management workshops, focused on providing business with the skills, knowledge and insights to increase their competitive advantage through improving energy management. Each workshop will include two online learning modules, while offering practical, collaborative and ‘hands-on’ learning for participants; tickets to attend both workshops are available from $55.

Day 1 will feature a workshop titled ‘Introduction to Energy Management’ that will focus on helping business understand energy consumption, how to assess energy bills, learn how to interpret energy data, identify costs savings and build an energy management action plan.

Day 2’s workshop, titled ‘Building the Business Case for Energy Efficiency’, will offer participants the strategies and tools to ‘sell’ the business case within their organisation to ensure they get the resources to implement energy efficiency projects. Specific focuses of the session include identifying the key internal stakeholders that will impact your proposal and how to gain their support, selecting and applying the most effective fiscal methodologies, quantifying and promoting the business benefit and accessing innovative energy financing options.

“Energy Efficiency Expo is an opportunity for business, government and industry to learn how to better manage their energy use and reduce costs. For food and beverage manufacturers, energy efficiency is critically important due to the energy demands of operational processes and the cost of this energy usage. We encourage all businesses, in all industry, especially those with energy intensive operations to learn how to improve their energy management and reduce costs at our inaugural Energy Efficiency Expo.” Robby Clark, Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions Australia, said.

Free registration for Energy Efficiency Expo is available at: www.energyefficiencyexpo.com.au/en- gb.html,

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