Event Energy

Power planning saves energy, saves money and contributes to global decarbonisation.

Setting an energy use expectation for our events, monitoring this throughout and assessing afterwards if the energy use was as expected or not will help us plan for future events, making forecasting power predictions more accurate. 

When designing our events, the key thing is designing out energy wastage as far as possible by using the most energy efficient equipment and switching from standby to off when not in use.

For energy efficient equipment, look for Energy Star certification or Energy EPC (rated C or above for any products made after March 2021 and A+ and above for any products released before this date). 

In tandem, understanding what and how much equipment is coming on site and where this could be consolidated or reduced, is critical for understanding where energy efficiencies –  and savings on energy bills – can be made.

Get ideas for taking action below or benchmark your progress.

What we can do...

1. Collaborative working

Every event business onsite can contribute to good energy practice.

This means working collaboratively in pre-production to accurately specify power requirements to reduce energy wastage whilst ensuring adequate supply.

During delivery, monitoring and measuring energy use to report on this post event helps us learn what works, what doesn’t.

This helps us collectively set objectives and targets for performing improvements moving forward.

2. Procure services from energy efficient businesses

Working with suppliers who have a policy of using energy efficiently and reducing energy usage wherever possible across events sets a precedent.

From LED lighting fixtures to energy efficient equipment, services should be procured with energy efficiency in business practices as standard.

Take a look at ‘Benchmark progress’ to see what energy efficient practices should look like.

3. Monitoring energy use

Energy consumption should be monitored across build, show and de-rig days.

Understanding whether power used met expectations will inform future planning.

Power-off policies for equipment not in use should be standard onsite policy.

4. Measuring & reporting

Meter readings should be taken at the start and end of venue tenancy.

For tenants with no overnight activity, readings should be taken at the start and end of every day to avoid including overnight venue base loads, which are not part of the hirer’s energy consumption.

Post-event assessment of actual energy usage against planned energy usage will inform future decision making processes. It also means that effective energy reduction targets can be set for future events, saving both energy and money.

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