Cleantech Conferences and Events in London

Cleantech is shaping the low carbon future. Each year, London plays host to a range of conferences and events dedicated to exploring and promoting the cleantech sector. These events provide an opportunity for businesses and innovators to showcase the latest trends and technologies, as well as discuss issues facing the sector. The following is an overview of key cleantech conferences and events held each year in the capital.

Ecosummit London

Ecosummit London attracts over 60 speakers including representatives from some 40 start-ups in various stages of development. The event is an opportunity for UK companies to meet with key cleantech players in Europe. It provides a forum to facilitate access to investments, markets and business. It traditionally takes place at the Crystal in the Royal Victoria Docks. A Berlin-based start-up, Ecosummit is a green business network and conference organiser that links start-ups, venture capitalists and enterprise with the goal of accelerating smart green innovation.

Ecosummit London is paired with Ecosummit Berlin, Europe's leading smart green innovation conference. The event has taken place annually in Berlin since 2012, and the annual London edition was launched in 2013. While Ecosummit Berlin typically takes place in May or June, Ecosummit London is generally staged in October. The two-day conference's agenda includes networking opportunities as well as discussions and presentations on a wide range of cleantech issues and technologies. Start-ups also have an opportunity to pitch their ideas at the Ecosummit Startup Showcase.

Cleantech Innovate

Organised by ecoConnect in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Cleantech Innovate is an annual showcase of commercial green innovations and technologies. ecoConnect is a green industry business network that connects companies and individuals in the low carbon sector. Cleantech Innovate is also backed by the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change and Innovate UK. The event attracts research and development leaders and innovators from the corporate world as well as university and science parks. It also brings together entrepreneurs with privately developed technology.

Cleantech Innovate features some 40 presenters sharing green industry ideas and innovations. Companies from across the United Kingdom and Ireland present their innovations to investors, buyers and industrial specialists. Various sectors are represented, including energy, transport, water, waste management, energy efficiency and others. The London event is complemented by a Cleantech Innovate Scotland, which is held in Glasgow. The event is also an awards scheme where university spin-outs, corporate research and development departments and individual entrepreneurs are celebrated. In addition to presentations for the €20,000 award, the agenda also features keynote addresses and networking opportunities.

SolarTech UK

SolarTech UK is the only event organised in the UK dedicated to solar technology and project development. Supported by the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), the conference focuses on recent technology and commercial market developments in the solar energy sector. The business-to-business conference and exhibition is held annually in March. The exhibition features leading solar energy technology companies and provides a forum to showcase new technologies and solutions. The event is designed for leaders including CEOs and directors as well as producers, traders, energy utilities, developers, installers, supply chain managers, and others involved in the energy sector. It provides a networking opportunity with regional and international solar energy innovators and leaders, as well as an opportunity to hear from more than 100 solar energy experts.

The annual SolarTech London conference is organised by Green World Conferences, a London-based company that delivers large and mid-scale events focused on clean technology and the renewable energy industry. Events are held around the world and focus on a range of renewable energy sectors, including waste management, solar, hydro, wind, bioenergy and enertech. Since 2008, the organisation has staged more than 50 events in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Other Green World Conferences held in London include Waste Management UK, the Onshore Wind Conference and the Offshore Wind Conference.