Practical steps SMEs can take to reduce environmental impact: now & future

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  • Location Campbell Scientific Ltd, 80 Hathern Road, Shepshed, LE12 9GX

The iNet is holding a specialist networking event on Thursday, 21st September at Campbell Scientific in Shepshed, near Loughborough.

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The event is open to any SME which is interested in reducing environmental impact, and wants to learn from a local SME that has successfully implemented environmental measures that have also helped to save costs.

This event is particularly relevant to SMEs that:

- Own buildings or commercial premises

- Run an SME business: owner, MD, CEO, CXO

- In charge of Company Finance

- Manage Company Operations

- Responsible for Facilities Management

- Deliver Corporate Social Responsibility programmes

- Consultants supporting above SME businesses

LATI is delivering this event on behalf of the Smart Innovation and Networking for Growth (SING) project. This project is part funded through ERDF and delivered by the iNet through Loughborough University.

Managed by The iNet and based at Loughborough University, SING will make it easier for SMEs to accelerate their development and implementation of new products, processes and services, and work with UK research institutes.

This event will appeal to businesses operating within the Low Carbon sector.


3:15 - 3:30 Registration and refreshments

3:30 - 4:00 Welcome & tour of Campbell Scientific 

4:00 - 4:20 Paul Whitmore, Campbell Scientific Operations Director: "Environmental initiatives and the business benefits"

4:20 - 4:40 Lucy Cooper, Campbell Scientific Techical Sales Engineer: "Delivering a Green Solution to meet the needs of a Green Economy"

4:40 - 5:10 Ralph Gottschalg, Professor of Applied Photovoltaics, Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), Loughborough University: "Future technology developments and trends in Photovoltaic (solar) applications"

5:10 - 5:20 Georgette Hall, The iNet: "Funding and academic collaboration opportunities"

5:20 - 5:30 Q&A

5:30 - 6:00 Networking and refreshments

6:00 Close

Tour of Campbell Scientific 

The tour of Campbell Scientific will look at the steps the company has taken to reduce into environmental footprint, including the installation of solar panels, water saving measures, reduce energy useage and tackle all forms of waste. You will see the company's environmental installations and intitiatives on the tour, and have the opportunity to meet the team responsible for delivering the programme.

Funding and support available

SMEs may not be aware of the level of funding and grants available for related innovation and development projects, nor the support available. Georgette Hall of The iNet will wrap up the session by outlining the local funding and support available and how to apply.


Paul Whitmore, Operations Director for Campbell Scientific will lead the tour of Campbell Scientific's 'low carbon' installations. He will also talk about the initiatives the company is implementing to reduce its environmental impact and deliver significant cost-saving benefits. In addition to installing solar panels, he will provide an overview of the practical steps the company is taking with regard to recycling, water, packaging, time controls on heaters, vehicle efficiency, lighting, and more.

Lucy Cooper, Technical Sales Engineer for Campbell Scientific will talk about how this ethos continues through to every aspect of the business, including understanding the needs of their customers that work in the low carbon sector, such as wind energy, solar energy and hydropower, and the company's approach to delivering a 'green solution for the green economy.' She will also talk about how Campbell Scientific in the UK and US gets close to what is happening in the sector through membership of the Wind Energy Association, listening in on forums and sitting on advisory councils.

Prof Ralph Gottschalg, Professor of Applied Photovoltaics, Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), Loughborough University, will talk about the Future technology developments and trends in Photovoltaic (solar) application. He has worked for more than 20 years in Applied Photovoltaics. His key interests are performance relevant effects on photovoltaic (PV) devices, modules and system. Work ranges from modelling detailed device physics to the monitoring and quality control of installed systems. Research interests cover automation of measurement processes, meteorology and metrology.

Georgette Hall, Innovation Advisor with The iNet will outline the support and funding available from The iNet, and programmes SMEs can take advantage of. It will also provide examples of successful bids for funding.