On 11th April 2018 in London, The Crowd brought together 160+ senior energy, sustainability, property, and facilities professionals for X Energy.

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.

You can see a short highlights film of the October 2017 X Energy event here, and the speaker programme here.

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


  • Helen Clarkson

    CEO, The Climate Group
  • Justin Hall-Tipping

    CEO, nH2
  • James Pitcher

    Director of Sustainability, Whitbread
  • Duncan East

    Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife
  • Jane Burston

    Head of Energy and Environment, National Physical Laboratory
  • Matthew Gorman

    Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport
  • Kirsty Gogan

    Co-founder and Executive Director, Energy for Humanity
  • Gabrielle Giner

    Environmental Sustainability, BT
  • Matthew Roderick

    Principal, n3rgy

Round Tables

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  • Addressing systemic barriers to achieve energy reductions
    Many organisations, to various degrees, commit, report and set targets on energy use and CO2 emission reduction but can struggle to translate this to on-the-ground results. This table will discuss the systemic issues that can confound this genuine ambition: Are benefits fully valued, linked with core financial motive and communicated to executives? What are the risks and how can they be managed? Is ambition integrated and aligned with other processes and performance targets? Are requirements robustly passed down the supply chain? Is the appropriate data accurately captured to confirm and improve performance?
  • Creating enterprise energy resilience
    What are the real costs of downtime in your organisation due to loss of power? What are the main causes of downtime from electrical failure? When investing in renewables and/or generation, should power flexibility be built in to the design to create new revenues from services such as grid balancing and offset of peak time charges? Do organisations have an opportunity to reduce costs by connecting electrical assets to ‘the cloud’ to enable digital services? What do organisations ‘need’ to be confident that data from cloud-connected assets will not enable an increase in cyber security attacks?
  • Corporate leadership for the transition to electric vehicles
    The electric vehicles market is growing quickly, driven by rapid technological advances as well as the growing political interest in zero carbon transport as a means to curb climate change and address dangerous air pollution. With governments like the UK and France committed to phasing out the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040 at the latest, many companies are exploring electric vehicles for their operations to prepare for increased legislative measures, reduce their carbon footprint and meet the expectations of their customers and staff. This roundtable will provide a platform to exchange experiences around the practical implementation of corporate electrification strategies, the benefits and challenges involved, and in particular to explore the opportunities for collaborative efforts between companies and with other stakeholders to address the remaining barriers.
  • Demand-Side Response
    Organisations are already taking bold and ambitious action to make demand- side response become a normal business activity. But how do you determine when your company is ready to implement this? Where does the value lie? And how do you explain the value to the Board and get demand-side response on the agenda?
  • Energy Efficiency: The Next Frontier
    Given the planned regulatory changes we expect energy costs to increase by more than 10% over the next 5 years. How do you plan to manage and reduce your costs when you have already implemented basic energy efficient changes? Getting beyond quick wins - what’s the next frontier? Have you started using advanced data analytics? Can you use ESOS phase two as a platform to drive the next wave of energy savings through your business? How do you engage your management?
  • Energy Market Future Trends and Prices
    What key changes, emerging trends and market forces will drive the future energy market – e.g., changes in the market, storage, demand side and supply side changes? How will the leading market players change and evolve? Will the existing established leaders maintain their position, fall by the wayside, evolve, or will they be disrupted by e.g., Google etc or others? How can energy managers plan for likely future pricing movements at a time of rapid sector and market changes?
  • Energy optimisation and digitisation
    A perennial challenge of energy management is optimising the mix of what energy is being used, by which parts of the business and when. As new energy generation and storage options come onto the market, alongside new digital tools for managing and integrating energy in a holistic way – business can achieve new levels of optimisation. This roundtable will consider the business, strategic, programmatic, technical and monitoring challenges companies must consider in order to optimise and digitise energy performance across the organisation. What tools and techniques are needed? What does good strategy look like? How do you build the business case? What are the critical success factors?
  • eXponential Energy – future innovations brainstorm
    The days of linear, incremental change are gone – and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of energy. We have entered a time of exponential change, disruptive new technology and radically new thinking for energy generation, management and storage. Renewables (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, tidal), bio, nuclear (fusion, thorium, next generation), nanotechnology, AI, big data, decentralisation, smart grids, electric vehicles, kinetic.....the number and diversity of new technology tools and approaches is astounding. This session will ask participants to put up their prognosticator’s periscope. Join us as we brainstorm what lies over the horizon for energy innovation, what game- changers are in the wind, what innovations are already having an impact, and what impact will they have.
  • Risk Management
    As companies increasingly turn to big data & digital tech platforms for energy management, they are awash with data to help manage their chosen level of risk. This roundtable will consider how companies can best use trading portals for: 1) agile purchasing 2) price hedging 3) identifying savings and efficiency improvements 4) improve business continuity planning and risk management.
  • Scope 3 Emissions & Science-Based Targets
    With over 350 major companies committed to science-based targets, the business case to align corporate emission reduction targets with 2 degrees is clear. Despite this, many companies submitting targets to the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) are failing to meet the SBTi Scope 3 criteria. Here we will discuss Scope 3 reporting and target setting in alignment with the SBTi criteria in more detail. How would you set a realistic target to reduce Scope 3 emissions? Are you confident that you are reporting the relevant Scope 3 emission sources for your business? Are the Scope 3 requirements of the Science-Based Targets initiative holding you back from setting your targets, if so, why?
  • Using better energy better – making progress on renewable energy and energy productivity
    Many companies are already taking bold and ambitious action to drive the clean energy revolution, with a rapid escalation in the number of businesses switching to renewable power. However, more needs to be done if we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – in particular shifting the focus towards reducing energy demand through energy productivity improvements which, according to the IEA, will deliver around half of the GHG reductions that are required by 2030. To continue making progress, it is crucial that companies set bold targets to improve their energy productivity, which will lower their carbon footprint over time and help them to meet their renewables targets more quickly and economically. This roundtable will discuss the complementarity between renewables and energy productivity targets and will provide a platform to share experiences and discuss the opportunities for business
  • Using better energy better – making progress on renewable energy and energy productivity


  • 13:00
  • 13:30
    Welcome, Jim Woods, CEO, The Crowd
  • 13:35
    KEYNOTE: Justin Hall-Tipping, CEO, nH2
  • 13:55
    LEADERSHIP PANEL What is the business case for leadership? James Pitcher , Director of Sustainability, Whitbred Gabrielle Giner , Environmental Sustainability, BT Matthew Gorman , Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport Moderated by Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group
  • 14:45
    ROUNDTABLES Attendees preselect their roundtables before the event. 10 - 12 people per table, with the aim of sharing knowledge and building collaborative relationship
  • 15:30
  • 16:15
    DISRUPTION SHOWCASE AND PANEL How can businesses best prepare for energy management disruption? Duncan East , Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife Kirsty Gogan , Co-founder & Executive Director, Energy for Humanity Jane Burston , Head of Energy & Environment, National Physical Laboratory Moderated by Matthew Roderick, Principal, n3rgy
  • 17:15
    PROGRAMME 13.00 REGISTRATION 13:30 WELCOME: Luke Clarkson , Managing Director, The Crowd 13.35 KEYNOTE: Justin Hall-Tipping, CEO, nH2 13.55 LEADERSHIP PANEL What is the business case for leadership? James Pitcher , Director of Sustainability, Whitbred Gabrielle Giner , Environmental Sustainability, BT Matthew Gorman , Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport Moderated by Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group 14.45 ROUNDTABLE SESSION 1 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the first number on your name badge. 15.30 NETWORKING BREAK 16.15 DISRUPTION SHOWCASE AND PANEL How can businesses best prepare for energy management disruption? Duncan East , Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife Kirsty Gogan , Co-founder & Executive Director, Energy for Humanity Jane Burston , Head of Energy & Environment, National Physical Laboratory Moderated by Matthew Roderick, Principal, n3rgy 17.15 ROUNDTABLE SESSION 2 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the second number on your name badge
  • 18:00

Venue Details

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

Who's Attending

Consultant Relations Executive Aberdeen Asset Management
Principal Consultant Acre
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Energy Manager Aggregate Industries Ltd,
Global Sustainability Director Decorative Paints Akzo Nobel
Senior Category Manager Aviva
Group Carbon & Utilities Manager Aviva
Associate Director-Infrastructure & Renewable Energy Aviva Investors
Senior Sustainable Business Manager B&Q
Energy and Environmental Manager Bank of England
Head of Corporate Sustainability Barratt Developments Plc
Head of Sustainable Places Bioregional
Energy Innovation Manager Bioregional
Chartered Energy Manager Boots
Head of Engineering and Energy Management Boots UK
Director BP
Head of Strategy, IST BP
Engineer BP
Energy Project Mananger Brighton & Hove City Council
Senior CRS Manager Bupa
Head of Fire, Safety & Environment Canary Wharf
Environmental Manager Canary Wharf Management Ltd
Environmental Performance Manager Capgemini
Interim Group Facilities Director Capita Group
Group Energy and Environment Manager Capita Group
Principle Consultant Carbon Clear
CEO Carbon Clear
Global Energy and Waste Manager Clarks
Energy Services Manager Co-operative Group
Director Collectively / The Guardian / Positive News
Head of Waste, Energy & Minerals | Natural Resources Colliers International
Associate Director – Sustainability Colliers International
Business Manager Cool Earth
Facilities Manager Costain Group Plc
Head of Technical Sustainability and Carbon Costain Group Plc
Life Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy, Carbon Management Costain Ltd
Technical Director Cubico Sustainable Investments
Energy Manager Dixons Carphone
Senior Property Procurement & Cost Manager Dixons Carphone
Property Development Officer DP World London Gateway
Executive Director Energy for Humanity
CSR & Sustainability Manager Goodwood
European Sustainability Program Manager Google
Senior Development Manager Greater London Authority
Sustainability Manager, Environmental Sustainability Centre of Excellence GSK
Senior Director, Energy, Waste Management & Minerals GVA
Energy & Environment Manager Hammerson
Corporate Responsibility Manager Harrods
Resource Strategy Manager Heathrow Airport Ltd
Energy and Compliance Manager Hilton
Senior Environmental Advisor Hochtief UK Construction
Global Head Operational Sustainability HSBC
OHSE Director Imperial Brands
Group Facilities Manager Informa Plc
Corporate Environmental Manager Interserve Plc
Head of Energy ISS Global
Director of Sustainability Jacobs
Senior Manager Advanced Batteries Jaguar Land Rover
Senior Manager, Energy Strategy & Provision Estate Management Jaguar Land Rover
UK Environment Manager JLL
Senior Manager – Global Sustainability JLL
Sustainability Manager, Property Services John Lewis Partnership
Operations Sustainability Manager King’s College London
Head of Energy and Renewables Kingfisher plc
Energy Manager Land Securities
Head of Sustainability LaSalle Investment Management
Renewables manager Lego
Energy Procurement Manager Leonardo Helicopters
Head of UK PPA Lightsource Renewable Energy
Category Manager – Energy London Borough of Lambeth
Category Manager – Property London Borough of Lambeth
Investment Manager London Energy Efficiency Fund
Energy Hub Manager Mace Group
Director of Innovation Mace Ltd
Head of Utilities Management Services – Operations Director Mace Ltd
Sustainability Director Mace Ltd
Head of Programme Office, Property Marks & Spencer
Head of Energy & Risk Marks & Spencer
Energy Manager Marks and Spencer
Engineering Director Marriott Hotel International Ltd
Director of Estates and Facilities Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Energy Manager Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Facilities Manager Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Head of Facilities Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe
Do the Right Thing Manager Nando’s
Head of Community and Regional Relations National Grid
Sustainability Policy Analyst Note Taker
Group Energy Manager Nuffield Health
Strategy and Innovation Lead Open Energi
Commercial Director Open Energi
Energy Manager Pets at Home
Group Strategy Director Pret a Manger
Sustainability Manager PricewaterhouseCoopers
Energy & Environment Manager Prudential plc
Environment Advisor Prudential plc
Sustainability Energy Surveyor Queen Mary, University of London
Sustainability Support Officer Queen Mary, University of London
Group Environment Manager Rothschild
Director, Sustainable Energy Royal Bank of Scotland
Property Manager Royal Bank of Scotland
Energy Manager Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea
Energy Manager Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea
Chief Operatng Officer, Principal Investments RWE
Energy Manager Sainsbury’s
Associate Director Energy & Infrastructure Project Finance Santander Group
International Consultancy Manager Schneider Electric Ltd
Corporate Sales Manager Schneider Electric Ltd
Energy Portfolio Manager Severn Trent plc
HSE Manager Shell
Energy Optimisation Manager Tarmac
Sustainability Analyst Taylor Wimpey
Group Sustainability Manager Telford Homes PLC
Head of Energy Tesco
Energy Manager Tesco
Ethics and Sustainability Manager The Co-op
Head of Engineering Assets, Energy & Assurance The Co-op
Director of Energy Minerals & Infrastructure The Crown Estate
Head of Sustainability The Royal Parks
Global Head of Power, Gas, Coal, Carbon Thomson Reuters
Head of business development, energy practice group Thomson Reuters
Property Development Manager Transport for London
Senior Carbon and Energy Strategy Manager Transport for London
Technical Compliance & Energy Procurement Manager Travis Perkins
Sustainability Manager Unilever
Group Energy & Environment Manager Unite Group Plc
Sustainability Projects Officer University Of Greenwich
Head of Sustainability University of London
Senior Marketing and Corporate Responsability Manager Veolia
Strategic project lead Veolia
Corporate Development Executive Veolia
Head of Energy Efficiency Veolia
Strategic Projects Manager – Technical & Innovation Veolia
Senior Energy Manager VINCI Construction UK
Head of Energy & Water Management VINCI Facilities
Energy Manager Vodafone
Energy Manager Walgreens Boots Alliance
Energy Manager Whitbread
Senior Manager – Procurement Whitbread
Climate and Energy Specialist WWF