Commercial, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 22, 2018

Kingspan joins supply chain initiative; Cities and Utilities join RE Sourcing Forum

Kingspan North America has joined Walmart as a member of the Smart Energy DecisionsSupply Chain Initiative, a program designed to help early adopters of renewable energy engage with their supply chains by delivering renewable energy sourcing education, peer-to-peer networking, and connections to renewable energy suppliers in association with Smart Energy Decisions.

"This is part of the continuous improvement of our Net-Zero Energy program," said Brent Trenga, building technology director, Kingspan, explaining the company’s decision to join the Initiative. "We understand that the larger impact of both energy and carbon emissions comes from our supply chain, so educating and engaging our suppliers in the same journey we are taking is critical for our joint success," added Trenga, who will present a keynote address at the RE Sourcing Forum on "Driving renewable energy in the supply chain."

As members of the Supply Chain Initiative, both Kingspan and Walmart will utilize Smart Energy Decisions as a platform to help advance their suppliers’ education and efforts in renewable energy sourcing.

Smart Energy Decisions Founder and Editorial Director John Failla said, "Our landmark Supply Chain Initiative is in perfect alignment with our mission to help advance renewable energy sourcing and energy efficiency best practices at large electric power users. It’s an honor to have both Walmart and Kingspan as charter members of the initiative. We salute their visionary leadership and look forward to helping others engage their supply chains in renewable energy sourcing as the collective potential of our community is enormous."

Smart Energy Decisions has also announced the addition of two panels to the agenda for the Fall edition of SED’s Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum on October 1-3, 2018 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Following the highly rated Utilities panel at the Spring edition of the RE Sourcing Forum in San Diego, the Utilities Panel at the Fall Forum will feature Pete Nettles, renewable energy planning manager at Georgia Power and Quisha Light, project manager at Portland General Electric in a discussion of innovative green tariff programs and their other efforts to meet the renewable energy needs of corporate buyers attending the Forum.

As more cities step up to set energy targets, as evidenced by the recent Climate Mayors program, another panel has been added to the RE Sourcing Forum program to address “Cities getting on board with renewables.” Panelists will include Adam Jacobs, energy manager, City of Boston and Emily Schapira, executive director, Philadelphia Energy Authority.

Previously announced keynote presentations will feature Patrick Leonard, manager, energy and resource management at Starbucks, who will discuss "Starbuck’s portfolio approach to renewable energy sourcing" and Sean Kinghorn, global sustainability leader at Intuit, who will present details on their groundbreaking "Intuit Purely Green" program.

Building on the momentum and growing success of the two previous RE Sourcing Forum’s and developed with input from the Smart Energy Decisions’ Advisory Board, the theme of the event is creating and executing a renewable sourcing strategy.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to helping both experienced and new corporate buyers accomplish their goals while expanding the overall market for renewable energy," said Failla.

In addition to keynote presentations and panel sessions, the RE Sourcing Forum will feature an engaging and informative mix of corporate buyer-only pre-conference workshops, private boardroom case study presentations, and one-on-one meetings with leading industry suppliers. In all, the RE Sourcing Forum has proven to be an intimate event experience unlike any other where corporate buyers and suppliers learn, network, and conduct business collaboratively.

Click here to request an invitation as a buyer or supplier, or to get more information on the Renewable Energy Sourcing Forum.

For more information on the Smart Energy Decisions Supply Chain Initiative, email john@smartenergydecisions.com.

 

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