X Energy 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

13:00 - 19:30

On 24th October in London, The Crowd will bring together 160+ senior energy, sustainability, property, and facilities professionals for X Energy 2017.

This impactful half day event will explore the intersection of energy and tech, inspiring and connecting the leading minds from a mix of energy intensive sectors.

We'll explore how disruptive technologies, new energy management strategies and financing models are exponentially changing energy programmes in large organisations, and share knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community. The programme on the day is a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panels, peer roundtable discussions and structured networking.

Last year’s event began with a brilliant short keynote from Mustafa Suleyman, Co- founder of Google’s DeepMind, on “how Artificial Intelligence can have a positive impact on energy and beyond” (you can watch it here).

The audience for X Energy is carefully curated, with senior attendees invited based on their role type and their organisations energy use. Please drop kate@thecrowd.me an email if you’d like to find out more, or apply for a place below.



13.00 Arrivals and networking

13.30 WELCOME: Luke Clarkson, Managing Director, The Crowd

13.35 KEYNOTE: Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
How technology has changed the future of energy. The last few years have seen an acceleration in energy technology development with solar, wind and battery technologies advancing faster than ever before. But the best is yet come, and businesses will play an ever-more important role.

What is the business case for leadership?
Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability, Engineering, Energy & Environment, Sainsbury's
Paulina Bohdanowicz-Godfrey, Director Energy and Environment Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide
Alan Young, Managing Director, Corporate Affairs, SSE
Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Hammerson
Tim Brooks, Vice President for Environmental Responsibility, LEGO
Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group (Moderator)

14.45 ROUNDTABLES: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.


How can businesses best prepare for energy management disruption?
Mark Kenber, CEO, Mongoose Energy
Jo Jo Hubbard, Co- Founder, Electron
Archie Wilkinson, Head of Pavegen LIVE, Pavegen Systems
Chris Wright, Co- Founder & CTO, Moixa Technology
Moderator TBA

17.00 ROUNDTABLES: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.

18.00 DRINKS


Headline Sponsor





Main Sponsors

Carbon CredentialsEVORA






Specialist Sponsors

Schneider Electric



Support Sponsors


Carbon Trust

Demand LogicEP&T Globalfabric alpha Greenstone








Alan Young SSE plc

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Albert Cheung Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Archie Wilkinson Pavegen

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Chris Wright Moixa

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Helen Clarkson The Climate Group

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Jo-Jo Hubbard Electron

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Louise Ellison Hammerson

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Mark Kenber Mongoose Energy

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Paul Crewe Sainsbury's

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Paulina Godfrey Hilton Worldwide

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Tim Brooks LEGO

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Round Tables

Building optimisation through disruptive technologies

Many organisations are now using various tools and software to identify energy efficiencies in their buildings. But what happens next? On this table, we discuss how building information modelling (BIM) can be used to deliver optimal energy performance and productivity in new and existing buildings. What are the barriers to optimising building? How can we collaborate and share best practice? What part do disruptive technologies play?

Building the business case for Science Based Targets

Is your company thinking about committing to SBTs? Do you want to know how to get there? This roundtable session is designed to share the experiences, challenges and lessons learned from leading companies who have already adopted SBTs to help you on your journey. Committing to a Science Based Target is a strategic decision which often requires board level sign off - but how do you get their support? You will leave this session understanding more about how to engage business leaders through clarity on the risks and rewards of committing to SBTs.

Connecting energy management and business strategy for business benefit

Businesses looking to achieve long term sustainable growth and return for their shareholders recognise the benefit of turning their long-term energy usage to their advantage.  Energy is often considered a finite operating cost, but is there an opportunity to change this perception in your business by demonstrating the value of energy to senior business leaders?  If so, how do you as an Energy Manager get the ear of the Board and get energy management on the agenda?  

Demand Flexibility

Growing renewable generation levels are creating incentives for businesses to become active market participants. By using demand flexibility, from industrial assets, battery storage and self-generation to align patterns of consumption with renewable supply, businesses can radically reduce their energy bill, and become enablers of a more sustainable future. But how do you determine how, when and in what order to use this flexibility? Where does the value lie? And how could future system changes impact your approach?

Energy Productivity

According to the IEA, energy productivity improvements will deliver around half of the greenhouse gas reductions that we need by 2030. By improving energy productivity, companies can reduce their energy demand and significantly contribute to reducing energy demand globally, helping to limit warming to 2 degrees. With an objective of doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed, companies can set bold targets, demonstrating climate leadership while reaping benefits which include; energy cost savings, greater financial resilience, and job creation. Why is energy productivity a crucial part of corporate energy management strategy? Where are the quick wins in productivity, and how do you identify them? Why is it a good idea to focus on economic output per unit of energy, rather than on consumption only?

Optimising Demand-side Response

With demand-side response being seen as a cost-effective solution for grid capacity and flexibility, a number of companies are developing solutions and realising the benefits. We’ll pool the experience around the table, and ask what it will take for demand-side response to become a normal business activity.

Renewable Transitions

Businesses are already taking bold and ambitious action to help create the transformative change we need to drive the clean energy revolution. One of the ways they are doing this is by switching to renewable power. This roundtable will explore the benefits, challenges and risks of transitioning to 100% renewables. What are the strategic business drivers of renewable energy transition? How do you build a roadmap for achieving 100% renewable? How can renewables improve the business energy trilemma – security, sustainability and affordability? 

Science-Based Targets for Energy Management

Can science-based targets help companies gain improved visibility and control of their energy needs, use and management? With more than 300 companies now signed up for SBTs, is this the new standard for target-setting? Should all companies now align their targets with climate science? How do we encourage more companies to come on board? What is stopping those that have yet to sign up?

The Energy Decentralisation Revolution

How can decentralised, local energy generation tackle the big corporate energy trilemma – security, sustainability and affordability? How can you future-proof your company’s energy technology? How do you integrate disparate energy generation, storage and management technologies into a seamless, efficient and effective single system? How can companies develop a decentralisation strategy that makes sound commercial sense, reduces costs, builds resilience and generates its own revenue? 

The journey to energy optimisation and long-term sustainability

From saving money and reducing your carbon footprint, to wider sustainability and competitive edge, energy optimisation is now key to business success. In this roundtable we’ll address some of the key goals and challenges you may encounter along the way. How can you manage energy in a more strategic way to actually improve business performance? Which existing tools are working, and which new technologies can help you with your goals? How can you put energy at the heart of your business value chain? What are the best tactics for pitching to, and getting investment from, the C Suite? 

The Transformative Impact of Electric Vehicles

The transport sector is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change, accounting for 23% of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Electric transport offers a major solution in cutting millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, as well as curbing transport related air and noise pollution. With businesses owning over half of all registered vehicles on the road, it is crucial that companies lead the shift to electric vehicles. Many are already starting to engage, looking to get ahead of market developments and expected legislative measures, reduce fuel and maintenance cost and position themselves as low-carbon leaders with their staff and customers. This roundtable will consider the key business drivers, benefits, risks and challenges of EV transformation in the corporate context.

Using sustainability data to enable business change

As companies increasingly turn to IoT, big data & digital tech platforms for energy optimisation, they are becoming awash with more sustainability-related data than ever before. This roundtable will consider how companies can best use sustainability data to: 1) improve energy performance 2) manage carbon emissions 3) identify savings and efficiency improvements 4) improve business continuity planning and risk management 5) enable positive business change.

X marks the spot for Energy Management

Technological advances in energy generation, management, distribution and storage are proceeding at exponential rates, making planning for future energy needs, reliability, use and management increasingly difficult. This roundtable will discuss the growing challenges, risks and opportunities for business in an age of exponential and disruptive change. How can business future-proof its energy management when the future is so unpredictable? How can you get on the right side of disruption? 

Venue Detail

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


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