In what was a very successful first meeting of 2016, we heard from two extremely interesting speakers last night at our Knowledge Exchange Meeting in Glasgow.

First up, we heard from Dimitri Hadjidakis from Turner & Townsend, who also very generously, hosted the meeting. Through an informative presentation, Dimitri explained RE:FIT, the Major of London’s award-winning scheme, offering public bodies the opportunity of financial savings, improved energy performance and reduction of their C02 footprint.

Dimitri discussed the achievements and success of this scheme so far and also the potential for a Scottish counterpart. So far, RE:FIT has been successful in improving energy efficiency in 202 organisations in London’s public sector, with 31 London boroughs now involved.

The impressive RE:FIT framework, uses an ESCo to operate the scheme, with a focus on saving not only on costs but also on carbon emissions and energy consumption.

We are delighted to hear that the scheme has now won a number of awards and been recognised in the fields of government and sustainability. We wish RE:FIT continued success as the scheme continues to develop this year.

Our second speaker was Stephen Breslin, CEO of the Glasgow Science Centre, who spoke to us about their new exhibition, ”Powering The Future”. The exhibition shines a spotlight on the big challenges that the energy industry faces daily and in the long term, with a specific focus on the future of our energy supply.

Stephen emphasised the need to raise public awareness of these challenges and discussed the various ways in which Powering The Future hopes to address this. Through both fun and educational exhibits, visitors are offered an interactive experience, which will accommodate people of all ages, allowing them an insight into the energy industry.

Whilst it is important to inform the general public of their energy use, there is also a notable skills shortage in the industry and in order to bridge that gap, we must encourage the younger generation to learn about the energy sector and provide a workforce, which can develop solutions to the current challenges.

Having attended the preview evening for the exhibition, we were more than impressed with the exhibits on offer and were glad to hear that Powering The Future will become a permanent fixture at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Once again, we’d like to thank our speakers, who provided a great start to our Knowledge Exchange Meetings for 2016!

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