The conference focussed on saving energy and cutting costs in the workplace as well as highlighting the importance of becoming greener in business.
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All the main presentations from the day can be downloaded here:
1) Procure with integrity – long term operational costs
2) Take a co-operative approach to design, build and operation
3) Monitoring and targeting should be linked to a policy and action plan
4) Lead by example (from the top) to engage staff to change culture and attitudes to bring about change
5) Speak the right language
6) Lead by Example (Again!)
7) Keep it local
8) Engage landlords/tenants to encourage green buildings
Over 100 people from local businesses, support groups, government agencies, and ANSWER partners from across Europe joined in the discussions. You can download a delegate list here. If you would like to pursue a contact or discussion you made on the day, please direct emails to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance, or join the discussion at our dedicated LinkedIn Group.
Delegates List - Day 1 97.95 kB
Display areas highlighted some of the most exciting activities from the ANSWER project. You can download any of the profiled case studies here:
Flanders - Business Centre
Photos of the day, including speakers, workshops and delegates, can be viewed at https://picasaweb.google.com/111637997513154384119/QuestionsForAGreenerFutureBetterBusiness?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLmV153DnPeaew&feat=directlink.
Registration, Lunch & Networking
Welcomefrom Cllr Judy Terry, Portfolio Holder - Greenest County, Economy and Skills
Conference Aims: Introduction to ANSWER - Iain Dunnett, Low Carbon Development Manager,
Sustainability & Resource Management: the wider picture – Jules Pretty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Sustainability and Resources, University of Essex
Environmental Policy for a Competitive Business Advantage – Vanessa Scott, Stratton’s Hotel, Green Tourism Business Scheme’s Gold Star Award Winner
Choice of Workshops (see below for details)
Refreshments and networking
Panel Event: Presentation from workshops, Question and Answer session.
Conclusions and summing up
Delegates were able to choose from one of 4 interactive workshops as follows:
- “8 ways to ensure our buildings are fit for the future”
Workshop leader: Ian Brooks, Kier Eastern Business Improvement Manager.
Case Study: Flemish Buildings - Eline D'hooge (POM West Flanders) & Ellen Eeckhaut (POM East Flanders)
How are new buildings created and how can changes be made to ensure office space and other work premises are energy-efficient?
- “8 ways to be green on the inside”
Workshop leader: Glynn Lee, East of England Co-Op.
Case Study: Business Advisor Service - Paul Bradford, Groundwork East of England
How can businesses implement a robust energy-management system, and what practical steps can be taken to monitor and reduce your carbon footprint?
- “Eight ways to be seen to be green”
Workshop leader: Kay Barnes, Head of Environment, Sue Ryder.
Case Study: Bremen Ambassadors - Sonja Kurtze, energiekonsens
What are the ‘hidden’ benefits of incorporating a green strategy, and how can communication techniques help you place a value on your green credentials?
- “Eight ways for businesses to share the risks”
Workshop leader: Louise Bateman, Editor, Greenwise Business Magazine
Case Study: East Flanders Energy Club - Dieter Geenens, POM East Flanders
In this workshop, participants will look at different ways in which small and medium-sized businesses can work together to ensure maximum results from energy efficient policies.
It highlighted some of the most successful initiatives of the ANSWER Project and showed how these concepts can be replicated in all of our communities. Discussions looked at what the key problems faced are, and how we can look to move beyond them.
The programme featured keynote speakers and a range of interactive seminars where delegates learnt how they can take practical steps to creating a greener community. The event was supported by the ANSWER Project, with funding coming from project partners and the ERDF through the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme.