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

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

We explored how disruptive technologies, new energy management strategies and financing models are exponentially changing energy programmes in large organisations, and shared knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community. The programme on the day was 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).

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Event for: Directors / Heads of: Energy | Sustainability | Property | Environment | Carbon


  • Albert Cheung

    Head of Global Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Alan Young

    Managing Director, Corporate Affairs, SSE
  • Louise Ellison

    Group Head of Sustainability, Hammerson
  • Paul Crewe

    Head of Sustainability, Sainsbury's
  • Paulina Bohdanowicz-Godfrey

    Director Energy and Environment Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide
  • Tim Brooks

    Vice President for Environmental Responsibility, LEGO
  • Helen Clarkson

    CEO, The Climate Group
  • Mark Kenber

    Chief Executive, Mongoose Energy
  • Jo-Jo Hubbard

    COO, Electron
  • Archie Wilkinson

    Head of Pavegen LIVE, Pavegen Systems
  • Chris Wright

    Co- Founder & CTO, Moixa Technology

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


  • 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
  • 13:55
    LEADERSHIP PANEL 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 Moderated by Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group
  • 14:45
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 1: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.
  • 15:30
  • 16:00
    DISRUPTION SHOWCASE & PANEL 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 Moderated by Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • 17:00
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 2: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.
  • 17:45

Venue Details

The Great Hall, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

Who's Attending

Head of Sustainability Aberdeen Asset Management
Analyst – Responsible Investing Aberdeen Asset Management
Global Technology Transformation Manager ABInbev
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Energy Manager Affinity Water
Energy Manager Aggregate Industries Ltd,
Associate Arup
Head of Environment Associated British Ports
Group Carbon & Utilities Manager Aviva
Senior Sustainable Business Manager B&Q
Environmental Sustainability Lead BAE Systems
Energy and Environmental Manager Bank of England
Head of CSR Measurement and Environmental Efficiency Belron International Ltd
Group Sustainability Manager Berkeley Group
sustainability manager Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Head of Analysis Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Head of Engineering and Energy Management Boots UK
Head of Sustainability and Energy Bourne Leisure Group Ltd
Head of Strategy, IST BP
Engineer BP
Energy Project Manager Brighton & Hove City Council
Corporate Citizenship Manager British Gas
Project Manager – City Verve Bruntwood Ltd
Senior Energy Manager BT
Senior CRS manager Bupa
Project Manager | Energy Investment Unit Cambridgeshire County Council
Environmental Manager Canary Wharf Management
Head of Fire, Safety & Environment Canary Wharf Management
CR&S Analyst Capgemini
Environmental Performance Manager Capgemini
Energy Manager CEMEX
Environmental Manager, CSR Citigroup
Global Energy and Waste Manager Clarks
Senior Manager, Sustainability Coca-Cola Enterprises
Associate Director – Sustainability Colliers International
Head of Waste, Energy & Minerals Colliers International
Life Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy, Carbon Management Costain
Chief Sustainability Officer Covestro
Energy Manager Dixons Carphone
Fleet Advice Manager Energy Saving Trust
Director Place Commissioning Essex County Council
CSR & Sustainability Manager Goodwood
Global Infrastructure & Energy Google
Sustainability Manager GSK
Group Head of Sustainability Hammerson
Corporate Responsibility Manager Harrods
Energy and Compliance Manager Hilton
Director Energy & Environment Hilton Worldwide
Energy Manager House Of Fraser
Energy Manager ICHNT
Sustainability Analyst IHG
EHS Expert Independent
Energy Strategy Manager Interserve
Energy Manager Intu Properties
Head of Energy & Sustainability ISS Global
Head of Energy ISS Global
Environmental Manager ISS UK
Senior Manager, Energy Strategy & Provision Estate Management Jaguar Land Rover
Strategy Manager, Global Sustainability JLL
Group Energy Manager John Lewis Partnership
Sustainability Manager, Property Services John Lewis Partnership
Head of Sustainability King’s College London
Energy Management Coordinator King’s College London
Energy Manager Land Securities
Head of Sustainability & Engineering Land Securities
Associate LaSalle Investment Management
Senior Director, Sustainability Lego
Sustainable Development Team London Borough Of Tower Hamlets
Director, Responsible Property Investment M&G
Energy Hub Manager Mace Group
Head of Utilities Management Services – Operations Director Mace Ltd
Sustainability Director Mace Ltd
Energy Efficiency Programme Manager Marks & Spencer
Head of Energy & Risk Marks & Spencer
Group Energy Manager Marks & Spencer
Energy Manager Marks & Spencer
Engineering Manager Marriott Hotel International
Global Market Development Director McLaren
Portfolio Specialist/ED Morgan Stanley
Senior Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe
Assistant Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe
Head of Domestic Policy & Social Energy nPower
Associate Ove Arup & Partners
Energy Manager Pets at Home
Investment Manager Pictet Asset Management
Environment Advisor Prudential plc
Senior Energy Manager Rolls-Royce
Environment Manager Rothschild
Chief Operating Officer, Principal Investments RWE
Energy Manager Sainsbury’s
Head of Sustainability Sainsbury’s
Energy Portfolio Manager Severn Trent
HSE Manager Shell
Head of Sustainability Skanska UK
Property Director Superdrug
Manager of Sustainability T K Maxx
Director Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Energy Manager Tesco
Policy Officer The Association for Decentralised Energy
Energy Services Manager The Co-op
Sustainability Manager The Co-op
Engineering Performance Manager The Co-op
QSE Advisor Toyota Material Handling Europe
QSE Manager Toyota Material Handling UK
Senior Carbon and Energy Strategy Manager Transport for London
Group Energy Manager Travis Perkins
Group Energy & Environment Manager Unite Group Plc
Head of Sustainability University Of Greenwich
Head of Sustainability University of London
Strategic Projects Manager – Technical & Innovation Veolia
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Veolia
Business Innovation Director Virgin Group
Sustainability Manager Wates Group
Principal Sustainable Development Manager Willmott Dixon