icon Unconference – the official ‘fringe’ event


                                                                                                           Workshops, Talks and Ways to Connect

The icon Unconference will provide an eclectic programme of entertaining and enlightening content. This space for energy and water management and procurement leaders provides a platform for upbeat, frank and open discussion on the latest demand-side developments

 Within the context of utilities management, no topic is off-limits.

 The layout of the theatre, the seating arrangements and the hosting style will all be carefully curated to encourage maximum participation and audience engagement. We are here to ignite passion back into utilities education.

With market insecurity, socio-political factors and rapid technological development strongly impacting businesses, this theatre addresses energy managers’ and buyers’ primary concerns through keynote TED-style talks, targeted workshops, plenty of debates and top-level discussion.

Day 1 – icon fringe conference

08:45 – 09:15

Breakfast Workshop: How to read an energy bill

There are over 20 separately calculated elements that make up our electricity costs. As the sector changes and new charges are introduced, our energy bills – particularly electricity – are getting complicated. We all benefit from an occasional quick reminder of what each of these charges are and how to control them. 

Leave the ego at the door and get back to basics as ICON and TGP take you through an energy bill, one line at a time.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

10:45 – 11:30

Calculating Returns on Investment for Energy Efficiency

Building better business cases for energy efficiency projects is essential to get them funded, whether the funds are coming internally through your CFO, or externally. Business cases need to provide confidence in the results, count all the non-energy benefits and consider all the risks.    

Join Dr. Steve Fawkes, founder of EnergyPro as we look at how to use the latest tools like the Investor Confidence Project Protocols and the EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit to build winning business cases.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

11:30 – 12:00

Workshop: Facilitation Techniques

As well as getting the finance in place, it’s also vital to have the support from an internal sponsor – a Board level champion who understands the value in energy efficiency and sustainability and who actively drives forward the performance improvement programme.

Finding – and keeping – a sponsor can be hard. In this quick session, we will look at how to facilitate internal thought-gathering meetings and how to pull out ideas from different departments – from finance to transport, procurement to IT, showing how utilities management relates to them. We will cover what has worked and what hasn’t for our members, drawing on personal experience. Bring an open mind and a willingness to share ideas. 

12:15 – 12:45

This house believes that we don’t need an energy broker

We love a lively debate. And this session promises to get the jeers and the cheers from all sides of the industry.  Come and join in as ICON take on Inspired. The industry’s leading business consumer representative against the industry’s biggest procurement consultancy. Grab a space at the front or heckle from the backbenches and don’t forget to vote “Aye” for the most convincing speaker.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:00 – 13:45

Demystifying DSR

Load management is crucial to the success of any energy management strategy but what’s it all about? Do you know your FFRs from your DSRs? Can you talk with confidence about TERRE? Does Balancing Mechanism mean more than having a cake in both hands? Wayne Muncaster, Managing Director at GridBeyond gets rib of the job-eldigook and helps open our eyes to the opportunities in energy optimisation.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

14:30 – 14.35

DSR or Data?

National Grid is keen to promote demand-side load management as an alternative to investing in new generation and a reinforced network infrastructure, but is this really the best approach? Whilst some customers benefit hugely from DSR, for many others this approach is not the answer.

Using data to look at manufacturing processes or operational runtimes allow us to analyse opportunities to take targeted action on overall energy consumption, optimising the way we buy and manage power, helping businesses to cut our energy bills for good.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

15:30 – 16:15

Happy Hour: The ICON pre-pub quiz

Drinks will be served in the EDF Energyst Café from 4 o’ clock so why not wind down and get ready for a beer with a pre-pub quiz? Pick your team mates and pull up a chair. Which will be your best round?

Day 2 – icon fringe conference

09:30 – 10:15

Workshop: How to read an energy bill

There are over 20 separately calculated elements that make up our electricity costs. As the sector changes and new charges are introduced, our energy bills – particularly electricity – are getting complicated. We all benefit from an occasional quick reminder of what each of these charges are and how to control them.

Leave the ego at the door and get back to basics as ICON and TGP take you through an energy bill, one line at a time.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

10:30 – 11:15

From tick box to toolbox – Does energy reporting really deliver carbon savings?

Energy reporting is in the spotlight in 2019, with the ESOS Phase 2 deadline looming and SECR introducing new requirements to thousands of organisations. New research by Inenco, the Energy Institute & Energyst has found 39% of businesses did not act on ESOS Phase 1 recommendations and over half are yet to commence ESOS audits – is energy reporting driving cost and carbon savings in UK plc? How can businesses maximise value from the insight these reportings provide and turn schemes from box-ticking exercises to opportunity?

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  • Dan Pardesi Inenco Group
  • Paul Bennett BSSEC | Building Services Sustainability & Environmental Consultancy & Energy Institute

Theatre : Utilities Junction

11:30 – 12:00

Countdown to 2030: Business is the answer to solve climate change

We have 11 years left to save to the planet…

We are the cause of a global climate crisis. We have 11 years to prevent irreversible climate damage that will be devastating to all life. 97% of scientists agree: humanity has caused climate change through activities like burning fuel, deforestation and livestock farming.  There is a global movement underway by students, protesters, investors, banks, churches, celebrities, and yes, our customers.  Governments are acting too slowly, the risks to every business is mounting and the world is becoming much more socially and environmentally aware. This all sounds gloomy but business has it in our hands to solve the climate crisis; this session will explore the one choice needed to do this.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

12:45 – 13.30

How safe is your water supply?

We often talk about planning to prevent the lights going off but what would you do if the water went off?

This session looks at the grey area between water utility policy, operator codes and consumer responsibilty to arrange our own contingency plans. We prepare for service loss in other utilities but in this most valuable resource of all, whose job is it to make sure our supply is uninterruptible?

Pay close attention as we talk through a practical understanding of our responsibility, as non-household water consumers, to plan for the worst.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

12:00 – 12:30

…how will we save the planet?

Sir David Attenborough has said we have approximately 11 years left to avert the Climate Crisis. In his speech to Davos World Economic Forum in January 2019, the venerable naturalist said that if people really understood what was at stake, they would give permission to business and governments to get on with practical solutions. And we are excellent problem solvers.

So, what can we do? As a utilities, environmental management or sustainability professional in a large industrial, commercial or public sector organisation, we are in a unique position to truely affect change. Come, be inspired by the group discussion as we look at practical actions we can all take to help our organisation to play its part.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

13:30 – 14:15

Lighting: New tricks

New technologies such as Li-Fi allied with smart, low cost control technologies can deliver significant cost and carbon savings. The low hanging fruit of energy efficiency may now be even lower, according to ESTA’s Lighting Controls Group.Proving that lighting isn’t just LEDs, here they highlight connected systems to give you the control necessary to make significant savings.

• Lighting controls as part of ecosystems. Bluetooth meshes and powerline communications. Looking at lighting controls and what they can achieve.

• Low cost connected lighting systems. Considering lighting as low hanging fruit for energy saving. Considering how lighting systems can improve the environment for all building users. Including a project case study example.

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Theatre : Utilities Junction

14:45 – 15:15

The Significance of Significant Code Reviews

Nearly half-way through 2019 and the two major SCRs on Targeted Charges and Network Access Charges are well underway.

We’ve seen the first few appraisals of proposed changes. But what does this mean and what do people think?

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Theatre : Utilities Junction