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UK seminars on preparing for the low carbon economy

14 June 2011

A series of seminars exploring the potential for harnessing the impact of new and pending legislation is being held in Livingstone and Newcastle in the UK on 5th and 7th July respectively, hosted by Mitsubishi Electric, Brook Crompton and energy consultants Power Quality Management.

Commenting on the events, Matt Handley of Mitsubishi said: “Recent legislative changes are having an impact on the use of energy and motors in industry. We will review the situation and look at how current and emerging technologies can reduce costs and achieve a low carbon footprint.

“Strategies for optimising systems to reduce carbon will be covered and we will also identify how funding can be released by both SMEs and high volume end users.”
The focus of the events will be on practicalities, covering issues such as motor regulation, energy saving, power quality, carbon grants, CRC developments, collecting and using energy data.

Rising energy costs have been identified by the IMechE as manufacturers’ current greatest concern, ahead of labour costs and consumer demand. Many have not understood the sudden changes to the CRC.

There is a worry that energy intensive industries could lose international competitiveness as power costs go up during the transition to a low carbon economy. “It is clear that we have to reduce our national carbon footprint,” said Matt. “But equally we have to maintain economic activity. Technology is the enabling tool that will allow us to reduce energy consumption without compromising output.”

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