2A : Monday, May 8 : 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Voluntary Commitments: Are They Moving the Needle?
As voluntary commitments are an increasingly popular way for organizations and campaigns to engage corporations in setting energy efficiency, energy productivity and sustainability goals, this session will explore their effectiveness. Are they transforming the marketplace? Is it enough to bring energy efficiency to scale or is it only one part of the solution?
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THOUGHT LEADERS
Michael Geissler
CEO, Berlin Energy Agency
Speaker
BIO
Michael Geissler is CEO of the Berlin Energy Agency (BEA), a public-private partnership established by the State of Berlin. BEA develops and implements projects for the efficient generation and use of energy in public, commercial and residential buildings, focusing also on renewable energies. It is specialized in co- and trigeneration, solar plants (photovoltaic and solar thermal) and lighting technology. In Germany and abroad, BEA also offers project management and advice on the implementation of energy service models – e.g. Energy Performance Contracting in more than 1,400 public buildings in Berlin –, but also on capacity building and information campaigns. Equipped with degrees in Process and Environmental Engineering and in Industrial Engineering and Management, Michael worked first as a project manager at Bewag (today Vattenfall Europe) and as an independent consulting engineer, before joining BEA in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed sole Chief Executive Officer. Michael is, among other positions, honorary Secretary General of the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment (FEDARENE), Chairman of the German Federal Association of Energy and Climate Protection Agencies (eaD), member of the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin and member of the Advisory Council of the Development Bank of the State of Berlin (IBB).
Siegfried Knecht
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany - aireg
Speaker
BIO
Siegfried Knecht (57), VP Head of External Affairs Germany in the Airbus Corporate Technical Office, has over 10 years of experience in the aerospace industry and close to 20 years of political lobbying expertise. After graduating from the Technical University Aachen with a diploma degree in Computer Science he began his career in 1987 at the Research Center Jülich where he was appointed Assistant Director in 1991. From 1994 to 1997 he was with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Bonn, finally as PA to the Parliamentary State Secretary. In 1998 Siegfried joined the German Association of Research-based Pharma-ceutical Companies as Head of its Berlin office and became Head of Inter-national and Regional Affairs in 2000. He stayed in this position until 2006 when he changed to EADS (today Airbus Group) as Senior Manager Political Affairs. In September 2013 he was appointed as VP Head of Political and External Affairs for Airbus (commercial airplanes) in Germany. He held responsibility for all political matters related to Germany with a particular focus on German and foreign government officials, parliamentarians, business associations and think tanks. In January 2016 Siegfried joined the Airbus Group Corporate Technical Office, with direct links to the COO and the Head of R&T Support, where he provides support and advice on German R&T funding and policy as well as on general political issues. In 2011 Siegfried accepted the honorary appointment as Chairman of the Board of aireg, the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany.
Rodolphe Nicolle
Executive Director, Buildings 2030
Speaker
BIO
Rodolphe has spent his professional career in the industrial sector (Rhodia, Lyondell, Knauf Insulation). His experience has led him in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States to lead teams in charge of public affairs, sustainable development and transnational projects. He has recently developed campaigns dedicated to Energy Poverty and Energy Efficiency Coalition. Currently, Rodolphe serves as an Executive Director for Buildings 2030, a leadership initiative promoting high-performing non-residential buildings in Europe.Buildings 2030 vision is for all buildings in Europe to provide people with comfortable, healthy and productive spaces while minimizing their carbon footprint. The organization to mainstream demand for high performing buildings in Europe by seeking public and private sector commitments to invest in better indoor environments by 2030. Rodolphe is building an alliance of like-minded parties from the health, construction, building solution providers and corporate sectors to promote the holistic concept of high performing buildings.
Steven Schulz
Corporate Energy Manager, 3M
Speaker
BIO
Steve is the Corporate Energy Manager at 3M and has the responsibility for managing 3M's global energy management program which includes improving the energy performance of more than two-hundred and fifty 3M locations around the world. His role includes strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and tools to achieve corporate goals, and oversight of corporate data tracking and measurement systems. Steve led the effort for 3M to become certified at the Enterprise level to the Management System for Energy ISO 50001 and has worked with numerous 3M locations globally that have achieved ISO 500001 and Superior Energy Performance certification. Steve coordinates 3M's participation in various voluntary programs such as the EPA ENERGY STAR? program which has awarded 3M the Sustained Excellence Award Energy Management for ten consecutive years and the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings program. Steve is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems – Industrial, and a Superior Energy Performance Verifier - Industrial. He was named a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
Carolyn Snyder
Division Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Speaker
BIO
Dr. Carolyn Snyder is currently the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of voluntary partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and to reduce the emissions of harmful air pollutants, resulting in both economic and environmental benefits to American families and businesses. The Division’s programs include the EPA’s flagship partnership program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Other programs include the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Climate and Energy program. Prior to her current position, Carolyn supported both public and private clients on strategic management and environmental projects at McKinsey & Company. Previously, she served as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget working on cross-agency policy and management initiatives for the OMB Director. Before OMB, Carolyn was the Director of the Division of Energy and Climate in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where she built and directed the new division and managed a wide range of energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emission reduction, low-income weatherization, and emergency planning programs. She also led the development of Delaware’s first climate impacts assessment and adaptation planning process. Prior to Delaware, Carolyn spent seven years working on climate science and energy policy at academic institutions around the world. Carolyn earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College, Masters Degrees in Environmental Change & Management from Oxford University and Quaternary Science from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Maria T. Vargas
Director and Senior Program Advisor, Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy
Moderator
BIO
Maria Vargas is the Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American buildings 20 percent more efficient in the next decade. Thru this leadership initiative, more than 300 chief executive officers, University presidents and state and local leaders have committed to upgrading buildings across their portfolio and are providing their energy savings data and innovative strategies as models for others to follow. Ms. Vargas also serves as a Senior Program Advisor in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to her work at DOE, Ms. Vargas was the Brand Manager for the ENERGY STAR program for almost 20 years while at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Vargas also served as the Co-Director of the ENERGY STAR Buildings and Green Lights Partnership. She has been involved in policy work on the issues of ozone depletion, global climate change, and related environmental and energy issues since 1985. Ms. Vargas received a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon) in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning.