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It is FREE to register to attend EMEX. There are 100+ exhibitors and over 80 seminar sessions focusing around 4 key areas:

1. Energy Management Solutions.
Innovation | Technology | Green IT | Data

2. Energy Management as a Profession.
Training | Career Development | Best Practice

3. Utilities and Energy Services.
TPIs | EnPC | Water Competition Market

4. Energy Use in the Built Environment.
Role of Facility Managers | ESOS | Auditing | M&V

  • Who Should attend:

Electrical Engineers, Data Managers, IT Managers, Energy Managers, Facility Managers, Purchasing and Supply Managers, Training Managers and, HR, CSR, Legal and Finance functions, Business owners and General Managers from public and private sectors.

  • Outcomes:

EMEX is an event that will focus on educating all those who work and are responsible for managing energy on how they can reduce their company’s energy cost.

EMEX will not only educate visitors but will be a major opportunity to find and talk to companies that have developed the best solutions to decreasing energy cost. This is not a show about the price of energy, it is a show about understanding its use.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit www.emexlondon.com

  • 11 November 2015 - 12 November 2015
  • Excel London
  • Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

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