5 June 2013

BHCC at Eco Tech Show

BHCC champions sustainable city status at the Eco Technology Show

The Eco Technology Show, (www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk), the south east’s largest showcase for sustainable products and services - covering self-build and renovation, energy, transport and technology - is taking place at the Brighton Centre on 14 and 15 June 2013.   

Brighton & Hove City Council is supporting the event and staff from a range of departments will be on-hand to offer advice and demonstrate how eco technologies can save money and deliver genuine benefits to households, businesses and communities.

The Brighton Centre is a fitting base for the event, having been certified as a sustainable events venue for its ongoing efforts to reduce waste, energy and water consumption through its Sustainable Events Programme.

Council leader, Jason Kitcat, will welcome delegates to the event’s opening conference, ‘Smart Business’, where the focus of discussion will be innovation and sustainable growth for future cities & business.

Resource depletion, population growth and climate change are key factors that will increasingly drive organisations to change their ways and the Eco Technology Show’s ethos is in-keeping with the council’s push to become a more sustainable city. Its innovative One Planet Living action plan, which sets out how residents can live well, within a fairer share of the earth’s resources, recently won accreditation from BioRegional and Brighton & Hove is now recognised as the world’s first One Planet Living City.

The council’s environment director, Geoff Raw, will deliver a keynote speech detailing the economic, social & environmental benefits expected from achieving One Planet City status at the event on Friday at 12.10pm.

The city’s official marketing arm, VisitBrighton, (www.VisitBrighton.com), is one of the sponsors of over 60 workshops and talks covering a range of subjects from domestic energy and waste to smarter transport.  Attendees will be able to find out about renewable energy, how to save money on their utility bills, retrofits and the Green Deal, and how sustainable building can be a cost effective option - even on a small budget.

Last year, the Eco Technology Show attracted 4,000 visitors and with over one hundred companies from across the UK exhibiting this time, turnout is expected to be even higher.

Cllr Kitcat says: “The Show is bigger and better this year and reflects the city’s growing strength and potential in environmental industries and services.  The event will contribute significantly to the long term profile of Brighton & Hove as a sustainable city and provides an ideal platform to promote the goods and services of eco tech companies and social enterprises in the region.

“Our world-first One Planet City status is a real achievement that puts us on the map.  As environmental issues become an increasingly important part of local authority planning, our approach is one that other cities can use to create a more sustainable future.”

The Eco Technology Show opens from 9am-5pm on Friday and from 10am-5pm on Saturday 15 June.  Tickets are £5 and children under 16 go free.

For full programme details see: www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk

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