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Last Thursday saw in excess of 70 businesses attend the RETA event at the Coventry University’s Engineering and Computing building. The event highlighted the importance of public and private sector collaborative working in addressing both fuel poverty and the ever increasing energy prices. Speakers at the event included Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, Hardyman Group, Homeworks Energy, Kier and E-ON.
Under the umbrella of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, working closely with RETA were successful in their separate bids to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) for a fuel poverty grant funding ahead of the launch of both ECO and Green Deal.
Testing of the delivery mechanism and processes also presented an opportunity to capture information on the skills, resources, products and services of RETA companies engaged and importantly presented a unique opportunity to shape a collaborative way of working between the public and private sector in the new low carbon economy.
The outcome of this collaborative initiative has allowed for future methodologies and supply chain processes to take advantage of opportunities such as Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Green Deal and other renewable energy and low carbon market opportunities. It will provide an evidenced based benefit evaluation of approaches and data, enabling the City Council, County Council and LEP to better prioritise their future activities to engage, assist in identifying the economic benefits of working on low carbon/renewable energy infrastructure issues and other similar market sector priorities and present an opportunity to share the learning to better inform future local supply chain development in the low carbon and renewable sectors, identifying potential barriers to future uptake and associated growth.
Please click the links to view the presentations for the event:
Eco and Local Economic Development – Keith Budden, E-ON (Without powerpoint presentation)
Please take a look at the RETA Event Photos
For more information please contact Rachael Delich on 024 7683 1208 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us at stand H51, NEMEX
16-18 April 2013
Halls 17, 18 & 19
The ultimate event for energy, water and energy from waste sectors
A final note to outline the aims of the event on 25th of this month.
The DECC senior policy advisor, Emily Casey is to speak on the day in relation to their drivers behind the Fuel Poverty Competition.
Aims for the day:
Describe the delivery mechanism and processes, shaping a collaborative way of working between the public and private sector (SME’s) the learning from the outcomes will:-
- Inform future methodologies and supply chain processes to take advantage of things such as Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Green Deal and other renewable energy and low carbon market opportunities.
- Provide an evidenced based benefit evaluation of approaches and data, enabling the City Council, County Council and LEP to better prioritise their future activities to engage.
- Assist in identifying the economic benefits of working on low carbon/renewable energy infrastructure issues and other similar market sector priorities.
- Present an opportunity to share the learning to better inform future local supply chain development in the low carbon and renewable sectors, identifying potential barriers to future uptake and associated growth.
Many Thanks and Regards
Renewable Energy Technology Alliance
t: +44(0)2476 831208
C/O, City Services and Development Directorate,
Coventry City Council, Floor 12, Civic Centre 4, Much Park Street, Coventry CV1 2PY
Issue 1 – March 2013
Welcome to the first issue of the Sustainable Building Futures Newsletter, bringing you all the latest news from the project at Coventry University. With a review of how we’ve assisted Small and Medium sized businesses over the last year and a host of new services and technologies available this year, all aimed at supporting SMEs, this issue offers a snapshot of the opportunities you can access for FREE! Please click onto the on-line web link:
Through a comprehensive package of support, the Sustainable Building Futures (SBF) project, fully funded by Coventry University and the European Regional Development Fund, is helping SMEs in the West Midlands Region* to take on new opportunities in low carbon building technologies.
The full programme of workshops can be found at http://www.coventry.ac.uk/sbf.
* Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and West Midlands
Please find below invitation to the next RETA event, as you can see from the topic in the invitation, these are exciting times, particularly around the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Fuel Poverty Fund. Please let me know if you are able to attend. The parking details and agenda will follow soon…
Public/Private sector collaboration delivering £1m of DECC fuel poverty fund
• Collaborative approach to creating an innovative supply chain delivery model
• Developing the working framework and field delivery processes
• A collaborative framework to take advantage of future opportunities
Thursday 25th April 2013
9:30 am – 12.30 pm with business networking lunch
Free On Site Parking
The Engineering and Computing Building
RSVP: To Varinder Panesar 024 7683 1386
On behalf of NEA, E.ON and Coventry City Council, I would like to invite you to attend the Community
Energy Fit Celebration event in Coventry. This will take place from 11am – 12:45pm on Friday 1 March
in St Mary’s Guild Hall, Coventry and will finish with lunch.
The Community Energy Fit project has been a great success in Coventry and has enabled many people
to increase their knowledge of energy efficiency and further develop experience and a wide range of
skills. Since the project began in August 2011, over 150 people have received training in basic energy
efficiency, 40 people have taken NEA’s Energy Awareness course which has a City and Guilds
qualification and 40 community volunteers have been recruited, able to pass on their knowledge to
other people and help local people to reduce their fuel bills.
Both NEA and E.ON were determined to develop Community Energy fit in such a way that its primary
aims to increase knowledge and skills in energy efficiency would be sustainable and so have recently
established the Community Legacy Fund. This fund, which offered local not-for-profit organisations the
opportunity to apply for up to £20,000, will help maintain support for existing Community Energy Fit
volunteers and to increase the volunteer network so that the programme can continue to raise
awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and local assistance that is available for householders.
The Community Legacy Fund for Coventry will be awarded at this event and attendees will have the
opportunity, not only to hear about the current project’s successes, but can also learn more about how
the project will operate in the future, ensuring that it continues to support Community Energy Fit
volunteers and their work to help reduce fuel poverty in the City.
The event is free of charge. I do hope you are able to join us. Please contact Claire Henderson at
email@example.com or call 0191 2692909, if you are available to attend.
Project Development Manager, NEA
Enterprise Europe Network Midlands (EEN Midlands) would like to invite RETA members and other organisations to a conference and brokerage event on fuel cell and hydrogen technology taking place at the NEC on March 20th /21st.
“Fuel Cell & Hydrogen 2013 – from Materials Research to Ramping up Production” will offer national and international perspectives on policy, technology and commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cells for transport and stationary applications. See programme attached.
The brokerage event takes place in the same location on the afternoon of the 20th and offers pre-arranged meetings with potential partners/suppliers/customers from across the UK and Europe.
People who register through EEN Midlands and who take part in the one-to-one meeting sessions on the afternoon of the 20th will have the following benefits:
• FREE registration to the conference (normally £150 or £250 plus VAT for one or two days)
• 25% DISCOUNT on stand space (if required)
To register for the conference and brokerage event as a guest of EEN Midlands, simply go to and click on register:
For more information, please contact directly Alex Mauser at firstname.lastname@example.org