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Program At-A-Glance

Panel Sessions

Building Sustainable Cities for Tomorrow

Explore the strategic imperatives and innovative solutions driving some of the most sustainable cities in the world. Uncover the pivotal role executives play in addressing environmental challenges and reshaping urban landscapes. Gain insights into successful sustainability initiatives, emerging trends, and lessons on the transformative leadership required to build sustainable cities and a path toward a resilient and eco-friendly future.

Speakers:
Caroline Chan, VP of Network and Edge Group, Intel
Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director of Growth, Innovation, and Competitiveness. Tampere, Finland

Charting the Course for Future-Ready Data Centers in the Era of Sustainability

Join us for an insightful session as we unravel the intricacies of sustainable data centers. Explore cutting-edge hardware and software solutions paving the way for energy-efficient computing. Delve into strategies for optimizing energy consumption through efficient inter and intra-data center networking. Discover innovative cooling solutions and how renewable energy is reshaping the landscape of data center operations. Gain valuable insights into power consumption monitoring and measurement techniques. Additionally, uncover the secrets of inter-data center computing workload balancing for optimal energy consumption. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead in the realm of sustainable data centers with key takeaways that will reshape your approach to energy-efficient computing.

Leveraging Technology to Achieve Carbon Neutrality of Buildings and Factories

Understand the challenges existing and new buildings are facing in terms of sustainability and resiliency, and discover more about the paths to successful solutions and strategies achieving sustainable buildings ranging from design, construction and operation. The following topics will be addressed for your impactful perspectives and cutting-edge real-world applications: Unconventional heating/cooling, energy storage technologies and more to achieve efficiency improvement for carbon neutral buildings and their sustainability.

Speakers:
Julio Ampuero,  Vice President of Commercial Energy Management, Carrier
Eli Goldstein, Cofounder and CTO, Sky Cool Systems
Michael Myer, Senior Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Limor Schafman, Director of Strategy + Cleantech Task Force Lead, LG Electronics
Matt Smithson, VP of Engineering, Mitsubishi Electric Heating and Air Conditioning

Moderated by Jae Hyung Yi, Research Fellow, LG Electronics

Navigating Green: Regulatory Insights and Compliance Strategies for Building a Sustainable Future

Regulatory policies are critical to meet the demands of society and address decarbonization needs. As new technologies offer significant opportunities for realizing a sustainable energy future, it is critical that regulators provide incentives which speed up the transition to green energy while addressing affordability and energy justice. This needs to be done in a collaborative fashion with engaging all key stakeholders. This panel involves various stakeholders in charting the path for the sustainable future.

Speakers:
Chad Abbey, VP of Grid Architecture, Quanta Technology
Alan Dulgeroff, Director of Planning, SDG&E
Brian Markwalter, SVP Research and Standards, Consumer Technology Association
William (Bill) Sisson, Executive Director N America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Moderated by Jackie Peer, Omicron and PES VP Conferences

Navigating the Transition to Sustainable Energy Solutions in a Power-Hungry World

We face a historical challenge to develop sustainable energy solutions in record time to combat the irreversible effects of climate change. In parallel, we are witnessing an increasing global demand for power generation that is expected to skyrocket as power-hungry technologies like AI become widely adopted. How do we combat the increasing demand for energy while ensuring we remain on track to reach our decarbonization goals? What smart technologies are available to create sustainable, hyperscale data centers? How can governments, the public and private sectors work together to tackle this transition? Learn how companies and executive leadership are shifting business strategies to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. 

Speaker:
Takajiro “Tak” Ishikawa, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America

Unleashing the Potential of Virtual Power Plants for Sustainable Energy Solutions

Learn about the essential priorities facing the implementation and management of virtual power plants (VPPs) – with insights from leaders who have led and scaled initiatives on renewable energy, energy management, and water management. Navigate the scalability issues, as well as integration complexity, data security, and regulatory hurdles of VPPs through the lens of sustainability. While the challenges associated with VPPs highlight the need for a comprehensive and adaptable approach, the rewards, especially in relation to sustainability, are indisputable.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover the opportunities associated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program and how they relate to your company.
  • Develop a better understanding of the robust technology and management solutions available for VPPs.
  • Gain insight into how you ensure the reliability and resilience of your VPP for scale.
  • Hear about the sustainability advantages of VPPs and associated wins from leaders who have first hand experience of their success.

Speakers:
Joe Barron, Vice President Corporate Development and Strategy, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
Valerie J Parker, Sr PE, Network and Edge Systems Group, Intel
Alise Porto, SVP of Sustainability, Switch, Inc.