Energy & Sustainability Conference
February 13, 2014
The importance of energy and sustainability was supported this week in Richmond,Virginia. The nexus between energy and sustainability reveals the importance of optimizing resources and its impact on people, profit and planet- the triple bottom line. The gathering of stakeholders converged in Richmond at the “Energy & Sustainability Conference” to discuss and explore the role of energy and sustainability on Virginia.
The Energy and Sustainability Conference identified new thinking on the nexus of energy and sustainability. The conference explored the latest trends in packaging and manufacturing such as, “natural capital” and the value of saving raw materials.
The topic of “waste” as a means to gain efficiency in the role of sustainable initiatives to reduce waste was key topic explored. The sessions introduced new terms from Europe such as, “extended producer responsibility” which revealed those who generate waste pay for it in the short and long-term. Ideas on chemical safety focusing on the reduction of “bad actors” to remove the use of “bad” chemicals in the role of product production was well received. The conference highlight the role of energy as a resource and key to sustainability.
“The conference is well attended, we have over 500 attendees with multi-industry participation,” said, Cyndi Miracle, Virginia Chamber of Commerce. We hope attendees walked away understanding the importance of business and utility in deriving sustainable solutions in solving the problems of today and tomorrow. The attendees and sponsors were organizations such as, Johnson Controls, PEPCO, Siemens and more. These companies are key players in the role of energy, energy efficiency and safety supporting government, business and education in energy solutions.
The conference opened on Tuesday, February 11th with the Plenary Panel Session hosted by MeadWestvaco. Ken Krause, Director, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability for MeadWestvaco discussed the current sustainability trends seen in manufacturing world:
- “Natural Capital”
- “Extended producer Responsibility”
- Chemical Safety
Wednesday, the day opened with Local and State government. The opening session titled, “Good Governance of Taxpayer Dollars” delivered by George Barnes, Senior Sales Director, Johnson Controls, discussed the importance of Virginia’s Demand Response Program the ability to go off grid during disasters or critical points.
The conference next year seeks to have more attendees as the discussion and role of energy effectiveness and sustainability are explored. The U.S. is at the beginning stages of exploring the significance of energy for a sustainable world.