It’s Energy Day at Start. More than 160 business, private sector, and academic leaders are gathering at historic Lancaster House in London to discuss, and in many cases debate, the idea of smarter energy for a sustainable future.
From environmental concerns to aging infrastructure, from fuel poverty to water shortages from encouraging social change to having effective regulations, attendees will be discussing a complex yet interconnected set of challenges.
Energy and water are important topics for cities and countries around the world and the UK is no exception. By 2016 the demand for electricity in the UK is expected to exceed present day capacity and by 2050 there will be 2 million people in the UK with unreliable water supply if net river flows fall by the forecasted 15% due to climate change.
With unprecedented challenges comes unprecedented opportunity to deliver smarter energy. This includes new forms of renewable generation new ways of monitoring and managing the energy networks, new ways of influencing and engaging with customers and many more.
Finally, a quick thought on Lancaster House, the location of the IBM Summit at Start. On many levels this feels like the perfect place for debate on some of the biggest challenges facing our planet today. Over the years, others have gathered to do just that including factory reformer, The Earl of Shaftesbury, anti-slavery authoress Harriet Beecher Stowe and the G7 Leaders in 1984 and 1991. With its impressive history, ornate architecture and breathtaking art Lancaster House is bringing a very real sense of the past to present day discussions that will help shape the future of our planet.
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