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Adey hosts social housing energy conference

Global water treatment manufacturer and magnetic filtration pioneer, Adey, partnered with EEM and Westworks Procurement to host a special event discussing the future changes in energy efficiency requirements within social housing.

The one-day conference, held at Adey’s head office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on November 12, brought together key industry experts to give advice to social housing providers on how to reduce carbon emissions from housing stock and help cut energy costs for tenants.

Dr Neil Watson, global technical director at Adey, explained: “UK government has committed to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. It’s estimated that 13 per cent of the country’s emissions come from homes so social housing has a big role to play in helping to meet this target.

“To make a real difference, it’s important that manufacturers support social housing providers in embracing technologies that can increase the energy efficiency of both existing and new build housing stock.

“For example, Adey works with social housing organisations to help them better maintain the health of household central heating systems. Our chemical water treatment solutions and magnetic filters protect systems from the damaging effects of corrosion and magnetite build-up, improving performance and helping to reduce annual energy bills and carbon emissions by up to seven per cent year on year.

“It’s critical that we continue to raise awareness of such solutions that are proven to help lower emissions.”

Pete Smith, EEM chief executive, said: “Sharing knowledge and working collaboratively is imperative for social housing providers to help tenants reduce emissions from their homes. We would like to thank everyone involved in supporting this event for EEM and Westworks members.

“Due to the excellent feedback from attendees we are considering running a subsequent conference next year to ensure our members have the most up-to-date information to help them meet the important government targets.”

4 December 2019


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