Our energy system is in a state of unprecedented, exponential, radically disruptive and transformative change. The old polluting, fossil-fuel powered ways of generating electricity, through coal, oil and gas, may have powered the global economy bringing growth and prosperity for over a century, but they have also brought us to the brink of climate chaos.

Now, staggering technological advancements – and price drops – in renewable energy generation (wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, wave power, biofuel, micro-grids and next generation nuclear), storage (molten salt, batteries, pumped hydro, combined heat and cooling) and distribution (digital platforms, blockchain, AI, big data and analytics) – are allowing us to generate more power, with lower environmental impacts and carbon emissions.

But the pace of exponential change, and the bewildering array of new energy generation, storage, management, reduction and distribution technologies, present a confounding challenge for business and those that manage the day-to-day reliability, performance and impact of their company’s energy needs.

These are the big macro and micro trends for energy management, that will be discussed at our fourth running of X Energy in London this 01 October.

We invite you to join us as we convene 150+ energy and sustainability professionals for
For a half-day programme, featuring a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panel discussions, peer-to-peer roundtables and structured networking.

Our audience is carefully curated, with senior attendees invited based on their role type and their organisation.

Please drop kate@thecrowd.me an email if you’d like to find out more, or apply for a place below.

There will be two sessions at X Energy where the audience break into moderated round table discussions in groups of 10-12, each running for 45 minutes.

Roundtable topics will be announced closer to the event, when accepted applicants will be asked to choose which roundtables they would like to be on.

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


  • Felix Zhang

    Group Executive Director, Envision Energy
  • Molly Webb

    Co-Founder & CEO, Energy Unlocked
  • Andrew Haslett

    Chief Engineer, The Energy Technologies Institute
  • Dr Jeff Hardy

    Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute - Imperial College London
  • Claudine Blamey

    Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate
  • Tom Brewer

    Global Director Technology Transformation & Process Development, AB InBev
  • Axel Threlfall

    Editor-at-Large, Thomson Reuters

Round Tables

    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.
    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?
    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.
    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?
    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?
    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?
    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?
    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.
    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.
    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?
    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.


  • 13:00
  • 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
  • 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

Energy Manager Aggregate Industries
Project Manager Cambridgeshire County Council
Head of Commercial Development – Waste and Energy Essex County Council
Resources Strategy Manager Heathrow Airport
Energy Projects Manager Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Energy Strategy & Provision, Estates Management Jaguar Land Rover Limited
EMEA Energy & Sustainability Manager JLL
Energy Hub Manager Mace
Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd.
Group Sustainability Manager Osborne
Manager – Sustainability Pearson
Enegry Manager Pets at Home
National Energy Manager PWC
Energy Manager Royal Bank of Scotland
Energy Manager Sainsbury’s
HSE Manager – New Business Development Shell
Energy Optimisation Mrg Tarmac
Group Head of Energy Tesco
Sustainability Projects Officer University of Greenwich
Senior Energy Manager VINCI Construction UK Ltd