UKDEA Media Release
UKDEA invited to Global District Energy Conference
21st March 2011
The UKDEA has been invited to represent the UK’s District Energy industry at the International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) annual conference in Toronto later this year.
Members of the UKDEA will be represented by Chairman Simon Woodward, who will contribute to a Global Leaders Plenary Panel at the conference on 27 June, sharing the UK’s vision and strategies in relation to District Energy. He will outline the work of the UKDEA and highlight the achievements of member organisations. Mr Woodward will be joined for the session by industry leaders from France, South Korea, Germany, the US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Japan and China.
The IDEA conference is in its 102nd year and attracts stakeholders from around the world to hear from industry experts supporting sustainable local economies. This year’s keynote speaker is Bjorn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen. The conference is this year being held jointly with the Canadian District Energy Association (CDEA), which has recently entered into talks with the UKDEA in relation to opportunities for partnership working.
The invitation to UKDEA to participate in this global event is testament to the significance of the Association, which since its formation in October 2009 has significantly raised the profile of the District Energy industry, making notable contributions to Government consultations.
Simon Woodward said, “It is an enormous honour to be invited to participate in such a well established event, and I am delighted to be attending on behalf of the UKDEA. We have been working with the IDEA since our inception to establish how the two associations can work together, and I look forward to cementing this relationship over the coming year.”
Notes to Editors:
The partners, owners and operators of the largest district energy schemes in the UK have aligned themselves in the creation of the UK District Energy Association (UKDEA); with the aim of not only promoting district energy as a means to deliver significant carbon savings, but also to establish a direct link between the Government and the industry's small market base.
The Association is a not for profit association of companies and public sector organisations involved or interested with these major schemes. Still in its infancy, the UKDEA has attracted leading players in the industry, with the UKDEA's Full members comprising of seven major organisations:
Birmingham City Council
Cofely District Energy Limited
Shetland Heat, Energy and Power Limited
Southampton City Council
Veolia Environmental Services Limited
Together these seven organisations represent the: Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Sheffield, Shetland, Southampton and Woking District Energy schemes.
Through Full and Associate membership, the UK District Energy Association’s aim is to represent current and potential owners, developers, consumers, partners, operators and product suppliers of District Energy schemes throughout the UK.
For more information contact:
Chris Tanner, Secretary of the UKDEA
Thames Head Wharf, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6NZ
Tel: 01285 770615
Mobile: 07773 457941