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Membership benefits put in the spotlight at TEC 2023 Conference

Decarbonisation, net zero and water and energy management were the key focuses for the higher and further education delegates who joined TEC’s 2023 Conference.

Representatives from Universities, Colleges and the GLAM sector across England and Wales gathered at Conference Aston to hear from leading energy experts on how they could reduce their impact on the environment.

Three workshops, led by TEC Framework partners, highlighted the professional services and tools members could take advantage of:

  • George Catto, Director of Client Services at energy management company kWIQly, outlined how their advanced search and analytic tools can help members to identify and resolve energy management issues.
  • Oli Shelley from Wave explained how their water management expertise can support members to reduce wastewater and water consumption to drive down utility costs.
  • Dimitra Diamantopoulos and Rob Sinclair from Dalkia and Shiran Shah from Urbanomy discussed how they could support members with a range of initiatives including campus master planning, building portfolio decarbonisation and climate strategies.

Delegates also shared best practice about carbon reduction at their own Universities, highlighting the support they received from TEC.

This included the following presentations:

  • Kirsti Norris, Energy Manager from UWE Bristol, who outlined a variety of strategies the university is deploying to reach net zero by 2030.
  • Daniel Priddy, Finance and Business Performance Manager at the University of Wales Trinity St David, who explained how TEC has supported them to implement on-site renewable solar panels.
  • Rob Collins, Head of Campus Smart Technologies at the University of Bristol, who discussed how the University has benefited from smart technologies and building control systems.

Adam Clarke, Managing Director at TEC, said: “The passion and enthusiasm of our members to achieve their individual decarbonisation ambitions is clear. The conference highlighted the key role of sharing best practices and successes amongst the membership to bolster those individual net zero journeys. This is something we are committed to facilitate further going forwards.

One of the key takeaways for me was that our members are able to leverage the value-added services and benefits available through the TEC Frameworks. Raising awareness about these services and supporting members to access them will be a key focus for TEC in the future.”

The Conference was also given expert views on the winter energy outlook by TEC’s Head of Trading Duncan Wyatt, Claire Dykta from National Grid, Geoff Parker-Naples from Corona Energy and Binoy Dharsi from EDF. David Smith, Economics Editor from the Sunday Times was our guest speaker who shared his expert insight into the energy and economics outlook.

TEC will explore some of the key themes from the conference in more depth in the coming months. These updates will include further insights on the key themes with contact information for those wanting to find out more from the session hosts.

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