KEYNOTE: Is Energy Efficiency really your biggest lever to curb CO2 emissions?

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.30 to 11.00, Stage 4

Keynote Speaker

Will Leonard CMgr FCMIDigital, Innovation and Technology Lead – ABB Energy Industries

Is Energy Efficiency really your biggest lever to curb CO2 emissions?

As quoted by the IEA, energy efficiency will be the biggest lever we have to curb CO2 emissions across all industries. Energy efficiency aims to make the most significant contribution among the array of plans, regulations, frameworks, and goals, to limit global temperature change to no more than 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels.

Maintaining competitiveness in our industry has never been more critical. Businesses are facing increasingly tough economic conditions and mounting pressure to reduce their environmental impact, demonstrating real carbon reductions. Energy prices have soared, and are volatile; the need to lower operating costs, ensure business continuity and optimise process performance has become increasingly important, particularly as companies seek to become more independent from the grid whilst operating more sustainably.

During the presentation Will Leonard will discuss:

  • The need and importance of energy efficiency i.e. business financial incentives, sustainability and regulations
  • How to address best practices around energy efficiency, such as frameworks, approaches and technology
  • Share insights and learnings from recent programs of work
  • Discuss ways to get draft and implement energy efficiency and sustainability plans

Will has more than 15 years experience in energy industries. His role is to help companies towards their goal of achieving net zero and transforming their business performance using digital innovation.

Will is responsible for the creation and adoption of new digital solutions, focussed on areas such as Asset Performance Management, Industrial Analytics, Cyber Security and Energy Management.

Prior to his current role, Will was responsible for ABB’s global portfolio of Asset Performance Management solutions. This includes Software, Edge Computing, Sensors and Services that combine energy industry experience with predictive analytics to help companies predict asset failures, prioritize maintenance and reduce operational risk.

Will has recently completed an MBA at Cranfield University UK and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)