Less than two weeks left to register for biggest ever sustainable business event

There are less than two weeks left to register for Invest Northern Ireland’s Energy & Environment Conference 09, the biggest sustainable business event ever to take place here.

Over 550 delegates from local companies and academic institutions have already booked their place at the conference, which will be held in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, on 14 October.

Invest NI’s Energy & Environment Conference is a unique opportunity for businesses to network and learn more about how they can profit in the lucrative and rapidly growing renewable energy and environmental industries.

Olive Hill, Invest NI’s Director of Technology and Process Development, says: “Never before has one event sought to bring together so many local businesspeople and academics to explore the major business opportunities that exist in the sustainable industries. There is vast potential for our local businesses to win contracts in this rapidly growing market.

“Invest NI’s Energy & Environment Conference will seek to galvanise local interest in the sustainable industries and help innovative and entrepreneurial companies here take real steps towards competing for market share, whether on their own or in collaboration with other businesses.”

The conference will feature an Innovation Masterclass led by internationally renowned speakers Tom Delay, Chief Executive of sustainable business organisation the Carbon Trust, and Tom Whitehouse, CEO of Carbon International, a consultancy that works with companies to finance and commercialise green technologies and services.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in expert-led workshops focusing on key aspects of sustainable industries, specifically wind, marine and bio energy; low carbon building technologies; water and environmental controls; and R&D.

Ms Hill adds: “By embracing the commercial potential within sustainability, and focusing R&D on overcoming the technical challenges, Northern Ireland can become an internationally recognised centre of expertise in this field. I would encourage other businesses with relevant skills to register for the event and come along to see how they can benefit from this lucrative market."