Energy innovation for SMEs: retrofitting for the future

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RE:Start imageOn June 12th, The University of Reading, Reading Borough Council and Thames Valley Energy are joining forces to showcase energy efficiency in buildings and highlight opportunities for developing innovative solutions to retrofit. The event, which is sponsored through the EPSRC Retrofit 2050 programme of research at University of Reading and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is targeted at SMEs, and will feature presentations from companies such as IPower, Heat Genius and The Green Register, as well as academics from the university and representatives of Reading Borough Council.

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The day is a mixture of presentations, panel discussion and facilitated networking, and is part of the RE:Start Local programme which aims to help SMEs secure local business opportunities developing from renewable energy and low carbon building retrofit investments in South East England.

The RE:Start Local programme aims to help SMEs secure local business opportunities arising from the increasing number of renewable energy and low carbon building retrofit investments in South East England. RE:Start Local covers six key areas across the south east to deliver a free programme of activity for businesses through a range of partner organisations:

These organisations will work with large buyers and investors in renewable energy and retrofit programmes to understand their requirements and the associated business opportunities available for local businesses.

Professor Tim Dixon, who is co-chairing the event, said: "The School of Construction Management and Engineering here at the University of Reading is keen to support local business and to find ways in which the sharing of our expertise will have a real impact. The Sustainability in the Built Environment (SustBE) network provides a ready-made source of expertise for businesses seeking to connect with the University, and the EPSRC Retrofit 2050 research programme, in which the University is a key partner, is pleased to sponsor the event".

Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport, said:

"Reading Borough Council is keen to support local small and medium sized businesses and to grow the green economy in Reading as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and being better prepared for climate change. SMEs are encouraged to take up the opportunity to attend this free event and benefit from expertise from a wide range of contributors."

The EPSRC Retrofit 2050 project (www.retrofit2050.org.uk) aims to deliver a step change in current knowledge and capacity for urban sustainability by illuminating challenging but realistic social and technical pathways for the systemic retrofitting of UK city-regions. The Retrofit 2050 project brings together researchers from Cardiff, Reading, Salford, Durham, Oxford Brookes and Cambridge Universities

If you are an SME who would like to attend please register on http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/reading-borough-council-for-restart-local-thames-valley-east-4554621727

For more information including the day's agenda and a map to the venue, see http://www.reading.ac.uk/sustainability-in-the-built-environment/sbe-events.aspx

This event is part of the Re:Start Local project and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. RE:Start Local aims to help SMEs secure local business opportunities arising from the increasing number of renewable energy and low carbon building retrofit investments in South East England. For more information visit http://www.instituteforsustainability.co.uk/restartlocal

The event is twinned with an event to be held in Oxford in late June that will address innovation in renewable energy technology, featuring a range of local SMEs. For more information on this event please contact Keith Richards at: keith.richards@tvenergy.org

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