The Southern Sustainability Partnership reports an excellent response to its first business Expo in support of energy, waste and environmental management this month. With just under 400 visitors from the across the South, taking advantage of the learning platform and vital new resource for products and services. Facilities, Environmental and Sustainability professionals from leading organisations such as BAM Nuttall, B&Q, Zurich Insurance, Brittany Ferries, RNLI, Euro Diesel, YMCA, Hilton, Organix, Terrance O’Rourke, Best Western and Marriott Hotels and Plymouth College of Art were just some of the names that took part in the day. Local authorities also got on board, with visitors from Southampton City Council, Spelthorne City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Council all making the journey to the Hilton Ageas Bowl just outside the City of Southampton.

The event played host to seventy different exhibitors, as well as an electric vehicle arena with a mobile Tesla showroom and FreeGo Electric bike track, workshops and keynote speaker platform which saw the likes of Google, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment IEMA showcase the substantial benefits of greener thinking in a commercial environment. Led by waste giant Suez, and Eco Food Recycling, the Expo brought together several waste and recycling solutions providers through a series of exhibits and adjacent workshops, each aimed at simplifying the huge and costly subject of waste and end of life solutions. Pearce Recycling also used the platform to demonstrate cardboard, food and general waste compactors and WEEE was covered by Spinnaker Waste Management. Initiatives also included The Scrap Store and ‘We Need That’ which sees commercial waste put to good use within the community.

The exhibits and workshop programme also tackled head on the important subject of reducing energy consumption. With a focus on solar energy from Wessex Eco Energy, solar storage from Tesla and air source heating by Freedom Heat Pumps. The Expo also featured a working biomass heating system courtesy of LC Energy, while other exhibits tackled managing that energy and reducing the cost through heating and cooling, destratification and energy management. The area of sustainable design and build was highlighted through architect practice HPW of Romsey. Responsible for the leisure project Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig experience, the build proves that a design led by environmental management reaps impressive energy and waste cost reductions and significantly reduces the carbon impact.

Communications also plays a big part in environmental management today, so the 21st Century communications exhibits were a popular element of the day. You cannot avoid the subject of legislation which was covered thanks to GEP Environmental through a series of well-received workshops. An event which promised a well-rounded offering, featured a diverse range of interesting elements with exhibitors and visitors enjoying sustainable coffee from eco provider 918 Coffee, organic clothing, eco stationery and print and the launch of the first Carbon Neutral

A green roof and living wall was represented and first prize for the most unique stand went to Huff and Puff Construction who built the Expo’s ‘Uncomfortable Truth’ Video Zone entirely from straw.

The date for the 2017 expo has already been set for October 12th. For further information, please contact The Southern Sustainability Partnership Limited via 01202 971 186 or via