Berlin Programme Unveiled!
April 13, 2012
Information on the speakers and panellists participating in the upcoming WUWM Conference programme is provided here in four languages. This first WUWM Conference for 2012 will be hosted by the Berliner Grossmarkt (BGM) and be held in Berlin, Germany from 22-25 May. Held under the theme “The Green Market: a Profitable Investment”, conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn ways they can increase profit and business success via more effective resource management and modernised environmental practices. Session themes will focus on areas such as sustainability, energy efficiency and networked energy management on markets, as well as offer innovative solutions to several issues affecting wholesale and retail market management. During the conference a field study visit will be made to the energy self-sufficient village Feldheim, in the Treuenbrietzen district in the town of Brandenburg. Households in Feldheim are supplied with heat and power from their own renewable energy power plants via autarchic local grids. The Feldheim concept is special in that the heat and electricity produced locally are fed straight to consumers, not only achieving cost savings but also independence from power companies. This project reflects the results of a successful partnership between Treuenbrietzen Municipality, Feldheim residents, and the project developer, Energiequelle GmbH. Conference delegates will also be treated to two market study tours. The first tour will be of the 330,000 m2 composite Berlin Wholesale Market. This market was established in 1965 and has recently finalised a number of important renovation projects. The second study tour will be of the 3,000m2 Marheineke Retail Market. One of the oldest market halls of Berlin, this public market offers a wide range of local and regional fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and flowers complemented by a large assortment of non food products, a local radio station and various community arts and craft services. WUWM conference host Andreas Foidl, the Managing Director of both BGM and the Marheineke Retail Market, notes: “If food markets wish to remain an attractive commercial platform over the long term, they must confront the difficult task of combining economic activity with natural resource protection. I am excited that here in Berlin we can show our peers that this task is not only possible – but it can also be profitable!” Registration and more detailed information is possible by visiting the WUWM Conference website at the link below.
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