Energy and Rural Business Show

3 - 4 March 2020
East of England Arena


23 - 24 October 2019
The Hub, Kilkenny





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Find all the latest news on the Energy & Rural Business Show including developments in the conference programme and products from featuring exhibitors. 
  • Some of the confirmed speakers and topics include: Dr Jonathan Scurlock, chief renewables and climate change advisor, National Farmers Union (NFU) Andrew Shirley, chief surveyor, Country Landowners As ...
  • The government has launched this scheme as the trees capture and store carbon from the atmosphere, otherwise known as carbon sequestration. The scheme opens a new income stream for participants as the ...
  • Despite this, advice from professionals is not to rush into diversifying, and consider ‘passive’ options first, which don’t require too much time spent on them, such as renting buildings or renewables ...
  • New sessions have been announced as part of the Energy Now Expo, focussing on farm diversification and the optimisation of renewable energy. The Expo will offer valuable advice on everything from how renewable energy can increase your income, to becoming more energy efficient.
  • The Energy Now Expo, part of the Energy and Rural Business Show will host whole raft of expert top line speakers over 3-4 March, taking part in debates, keynote sessions and technical sessions. The speakers will be coming from various organisations and businesses to provide expert information and advice across the agricultural sector.

  • Farmers and landowners are embracing new ways to increase business efficiency, to reduce costs and consider diversification projects as a way of offsetting the eventual removal of direct payments.

  • The RDPE Growth Programme has re-opened to allow new applications to receive grants. Eligible businesses may receive a grant if they are carrying out a project that will create jobs or bring money into the rural economy. The minimum grant amount available is £20,000 and a maximum of Approximately £175,000 and are funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EADRD). There are three types of grants available to different projects categories.

  • Farmers will play a significant part in the replacement of fossil-derived fuels with low-carbon or carbon-negative alternatives. Not only is this crucial for the environment, with agriculture presenti ...
  • The difference in plates has already been adopted by other countries such as Canada and China in efforts to increase the purchases of electric cars.  Potential benefits for ZEV owners: Access to bus o ...
  • Just under half (48%) of GB adults agree that a climate change levy should be charged on food with a higher carbon footprint, with the proceeds spent on encouraging carbon-friendly farming methods, co ...
  • Following on from the success of the 2019 show in Telford, the event is poised for expansion, to meet the increasingly important need to provide lucrative farm diversification options and sustainable initiatives to progressive farms of the future.

  • Technology will play an important role in increasing efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions stemming from the farming industry.

  • Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris were filmed displaying their own custom-made EVs in the show’s exhibition and interacted with the public.

  • The new event comes from the creators of ‘Energy Now Expo’ and for the first time showcased the latest renewable energy, farm diversification and low emission vehicle opportunities under one roof.

  • “The ELMs will be more collaborative and outcome-driven,” explained James. “It’s about deploying measures that deliver outcomes using the land managers skills in problem solving and appropriate technical advice and guidance with much mess prescriptiveness.”

  • In an industry first, BBC Top Gear’s new presenters will be filming an item for the forthcoming series involving three Electric Vehicles (EVs) at the Energy and Rural Business Show on Thursday 7 February.
  • The UK large scale solar park market is predicted to boom in 2019 as the cost of solar panels collapses and energy prices start to go back up again. This opens up the opportunity for farmers to encourage developers to install large scale solar parks of 20-50MWs on their land.

  • Minette Batters has expressed a need for ‘free and frictionless’ trading relationships with 500 million people in the EU, on BBC Farming Today, underlining that preparing for a potential no-deal Brexi ...
  • Energy Storage is poised for significant growth in the UK due to a resurgence in confidence for renewable energy, making it the cheapest most sustainable power available. Opportunities in energy storage are aplenty, but farmers are being urged to source sound advice, as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.
  • A new Payment by Results (PBR) scheme, spearheaded by Defra, will be the first Environmental Land Management (ELM) initiative directly funded by the UK and will mean that in future, farmers will be incentivised to earn more money by providing environmental benefits on their land.

  • This week the government confirmed that the export tariff will close to new applicants at the same time as the generation tariff, reports Liam Stocker editor from the Solar Power Portal.

  • Farmers operating AD plants can now viably maximise biomethane production, benefitting from the highest Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff and “top up” with additional Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) payments, as part of a government incentivised policy for decarbonising the transport sector.
  • One in five UK farmers plan to diversify to make farmers financially sustainable without direct subsidies after the UK leaves the EU, new research has revealed.
  • Water is an increasingly expensive resource that is easily influenced by infrastructure and climate, often leaving farmers and landowners with a costly, inadequate supply that is restricted in times of good weather. Many agricultural businesses are seeing mains water bills go up and borehole water supplies may the answer to this problem, according to Sam Ellison, sales manager from Dragon Drilling.

'Good quality leads, visitors genuinely interested. Very well organised, more so than other events we have attended. Food was really good!'

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