Predictably, COP17, the Climate Change Summit in Durban garnered the expected mixed reviews. Will it really prove to be 'a global agreement on a roadmap to a legally binding deal' (the DECC) or is it just 'significant but far too weak to prevent dangerous global warming' (Friends of the Earth)? Maybe it was both.
Over 190 countries agreed - eventually - to a new climate change deal, but one to which most countries will not become legally bound until 2020. UK Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne argued that the Durban agreement is "a great success for European diplomacy" - even though Britain is committed to achieving emission reductions before 2020 while China, India and the USA only have voluntary targets.
What it has done, particularly in the light of the current European debt crisis, escalating energy costs, stiffer environmental regulation and dwindling growth predictions for the UK economy, is to throw increasing importance on industry's need to save energy.
Combining an analysis on COP17 with views on the energy and climate change issues facing UK business, a special ecoConnect Green In The City Forum (London, January 26) will bring together a panel of leading financiers, entrepreneurs and business innovators to argue a whole range of post-COP17 issues. For more information visit www.eco-connect.org.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
Drives & Controls Show for NEC, April 17-19
Containing much of interest to companies seeking energy efficient manufacturing solutions, The Drives & Controls Show 2012 takes place at the NEC from 17-19 April. More?
Conference to highlight low carbon motor sport
With Government funding available for energy-efficient automotive technology, the MIA is to host an international conference on the subject. More?
MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES
SABIC resin to aid miniaturisation of PV components
SABIC has developed a new copolymer resin aimed at production of miniature components for PV systems. More?
Reducing costs through automated production
Mitsubishi is offering an alternative approach to the development of efficient automation system design that reduces both time and cost. More?
BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Switching on - and off - to lighting control benefits
Energys has developed a starter fuse offering greater power savings from fluorescent lighting controlled by its Save It Easy switch system. More?
Carbon Trust guide details cost benefits of efficient lighting
The Carbon Trust estimates that UK business could save £700m a year by adopting energy efficient lighting practices. More?
VEHICLES & TRANSPORT
ABB trials fast-charging systems at BP service stations
ABB has begun trials of fast-charging systems for electric vehicles by installing the equipment at selected BP garages. More?
Toyota names British Gas as EV charging point supplier
British Gas has been named by Toyota as its preferred supplier of EV charging points in advance of introducing its Prius Plug-In hybrid car. More?
ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT
Under the hood of Smart Grid control systems
National Instruments looks at how manufacturing information technologies are making the inexorable shift into the digital domain. More?
Intelligent plugs take guesswork out of energy saving
ERP says its intelligent plugs can deliver energy savings by supplying power to office equipment only when it is needed. More?
NGenTec to build prototype wind turbine generator
NGenTec plans to build and test innovative turbine generator technology aimed at producing maximum energy at minimum cost. More?
Database details UK suppliers of fuel for biomass energy
A new national database of more than 300 suppliers makes it easy for organisations to source fuel for biomass heating. More?
FUNDING & FINANCE
Manufacturing fund could benefit renewables sector
A new Government fund has been set up to aid UK supply chains in advanced manufacturing sectors including renewable energy. More?
LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS
Huhne says UK on track to meet carbon targets
The Government says its latest Carbon Plan to rebalance the UK economy away from carbon fuels is still on track. More?