Made Smarter - Innovation Network: Industrial Energy Efficiency

Exploring how manufacturers can gather, process, present and analyse data throughout the factory to enable rigorous management decisions regarding energy reduction is key to running an efficient factory. This webinar will explore the opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies and digital solutions targeting this area.

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10.00 - 11.30



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Our series of Made Smarter | Innovation Network webinars – delivered as part of the ISCF Manufacturing Made Smarter programme –  showcases the journeys of manufacturers innovating with digital technologies to improve the performance of their business, alongside digital technology providers creating innovative solutions to aid the manufacturers journey.

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You can register for one or more of the webinars based on your specific areas of interest.

Manufacturing Made Smarter (MMS) is one of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes, investing £147m into creating a fully connected, dynamic manufacturing ecosystem inspiring innovation across academia, technology providers and manufacturers.

Who should attend?

If you are a manufacturer aspiring to be more productive, efficient, competitive, resilient through the use of digital technologies, an integrator or a digital technology solution provider or developer who wants to reach a manufacturing audience, then this event series will be of interest to you.

Digital technology solution providers and developers engaged in the series will have early access to express their interest in taking a stand at Innovation Alley, within The Manufacturers inaugural exhibition Smart Factory Expo at Digital Manufacturing Week.


  • 10:10 – Conor Wall | IPL GLOBAL

We are excited to hear from global head of sustainability at IPL, Conor Wall, who will share his story of how, when faced with a directive from his shareholders to achieve Net Zero, he looked at IPL’s global footprint and questioned how he could create an auditable mechanism for capturing scope 1, 2 & 3 carbon emissions, to start an investment programme.

He started with an off-the-shelf platform, and then did a U-turn 2 years ago when he met Ameresco, who’s solution was a game changer for the business.

IPL is a leading packaging provider, partnering with customers to deliver sustainable solutions to the food, consumer, agricultural, logistics and environmental end-markets. They have 29 facilities from the US to China, housing more than 500 moulding machines, and more than 400M square metres of manufacturing and R&D space. Their mission for moulding the future of sustainable packaging is that they succeed by partnering with their customers to create packaging products that are designed with a strong focus on protection and circularity.

  • 10:20 – Karthik Suresh | Ameresco

Karthik Suresh, MBA, a management consultant at Ameresco will provide an overview of how, utilising the power of AI through an industry standard c-suite platform, has enabled a zero friction methodology to be introduced globally that is guiding strategic investment in IPL’s vision to achieve net zero.

Heading up the development project, Karthik will share with us the insights on the importance of using appropriate technology, and indeed the route to net zero is much bigger than in factory energy use. The platform developed has been hailed by Ernst & Young (EY) as best in class for carbon reporting.

Ameresco, Inc. is a leading cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Their comprehensive portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

  • 10:30 – Binary Forge | Matthew Roberts

Binary Forge exhibited at Innovation Alley, part of Smart Factory Expo in 2019 and have been on an exciting journey ever since.  Matthew Roberts from Binary Forge will introduce their cloud based energy control systems and how this innovative technology is revolutionising the manufacturing sector. As co-founders Matt and his colleague Glenn, will share their start-up journey – highlighting their innovations, current market offering and some of the highs and lows along their journey of getting to where they are now (including how they have mastered the challenges of running a small business during the Covid pandemic).

  • 10:40 – Jenni MacDonnell | KTN introducing the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund from BEIS

Jenni MacDonnell will provide an overview of the Industrial Energy Transformation ISCF Fund (IETF), as one of the elements of the Government’s strategy for tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero by 2050.   Innovate UK is delivering part of this competition on behalf of BEIS. This £40M competition, which closes on 14 July 2021, aims to support the commercial roll out and permanent installation of technologies at industrial sites. In this session, Jenni will provide insights into what BEIS are looking for from applications.

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