The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors in the United States. BCSE members participated in the first all-virtual Climate Week NYC (September 21-27) to showcase technology solutions and policy approaches in the energy sector that can power greater ambition on climate change and contribute to a sustainable economic recovery.
See below to learn more about the latest in BCSE members' leadership and commitments to climate action, including events and announcements from National Grid US, Trane Technologies and Signify and the virtual release of the 2020 international Energy Efficiency Magazine.
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September 23, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 AM ET
Hosted by Energy Efficiency Global Alliance and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Read BCSE President Lisa Jacobson's related blog post: "Master Multi-Taskers: Clean Energy Solutions for Today’s Complex Challenges."
To meet the trio of challenges posed by COVID-19, economic recession and climate change, this event explored the power of existing clean energy and energy efficiency technologies and expertise.
Strategic deployment of this “solution set” will deliver significant gains in emissions reductions, improved community resilience, human health and safety, and the creation of new jobs and a more sustainable economy.
The event also featured the release of the first virtual edition of the 2020 Energy Efficiency Magazine: Special Edition on Energy Efficiency and Economic Recovery, published by AOB Group and the EE Global Alliance.
Session 1 (10:00 – 10:45 am ET)
During the first session, experts looked at how energy efficiency can play a key role in economic recovery across the globe – from lessons learned from the Great Recession in 2009, to how energy efficiency can help build resilient societies, stimulate investment, enable a pathway to net-zero and can immediately put people back to work.
- Clay Nesler, Alliance to Save Energy, Moderator
- Helen Clarkson, The Climate Group
- Monica Frassoni, European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)
- Benoit Lebot, French Ministry of the Environment
- Abla Hanna, Natural Resources Canada
- Filippo Berardi, Global Environment Facility
- Corey Diamond, Efficiency Canada
- Kofi Agyarko, Ghana Energy Commission
- Dan Hamza-Goodacre, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program
- Celia Martinez Juez, UNEP, District Energy in Cities
- Amal Benaissa, Bank of Africa
- Hanane Mourchid, OCP Group
- Said Mouline, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE)
- Badr Ikken, Institut de Recherche en Énergie Solaire et en Énergies Nouvelles (IRESEN)
- Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Foundation – video clip
Session 2 (10:45 – 11:30 am ET)
The second session featured clean energy executives and experts who discussed how we can tackle the trio of challenges through the deployment of clean energy technologies, smart public policy, project development and finance.
Smart Buildings: How Tech Can Enable Productive, Healthy and Net Zero Buildings
September 22, 2020 | This Hub Live event, from 8:00 - 9:15 am ET, featured Dave Regnery, Chief Operating Officer, Trane Technologies and Eric Rondolat, CEO, Signify.
Buildings account for 30-40% of total global emissions. But renovation rates are still far too slow to meet the Paris Agreement goals. Will smart tech make the difference? Will tech allow businesses to move more quickly to retrofitting and building climate friendly and healthy properties?
This event will explore new smart technologies which can help businesses to decarbonize their building footprint, fast; showcase real-world energy productivity best practices, such as smart LED lighting systems and heating and cooling technologies; consider how tech will also support our changing ways of work and play and identify and discuss remaining barriers to implementation
Other speakers include: Mark Chambers, Director of Sustainability, NYC Mayor's Office, Makhegu Mabunda, Sustainability Specialist, Woolworths and Jess Shankleman, Climate and Renewables Reporter, Bloomberg News. Watch this event on the Climate Group's Facebook Watch page.
EE Magazine To Focus Prioritizing Energy Efficiency in the Global Economic Recovery
September 18, 2020 | As COVID-19 continues to devastate economies around the globe, energy efficiency solutions can be a critical piece to support countries’ rapid and sustainable delivery. The 2020 Energy Efficiency Magazine: Special Edition on Energy Efficiency and Economic Recovery emphasizes the continued importance of energy efficiency’s role in both jump-starting economies and mitigating climate change.
This special digital edition will be released concurrent with the September 23 CWNYC event, features updates and ideas from a diverse suite of renowned international experts with one common theme: collective global economic recovery efforts must prioritize energy efficiency. Authors reflect on lessons learned from recovery efforts following the 2008 Great Recession, the kinds of policies and programs needed to sustainably recover today, and the private sector’s role.
Since 2016, the Energy Efficiency Magazine has been distributed at the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties and other international climate events by the AOB Group. This year the EE Global Alliance (EEGA) – an initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy – joined the AOB Group as co-publisher of the magazine.
National Grid to Join Transportation and Clean Energy Panels at Climate Week NYC
September 18, 2020 |National Grid US will return to Climate Week NYC this year and participate in these two events:
Rudy Wynter, President and COO, Transmission, Generation and Energy Procurement, National Grid will speak at the World Climate Forum North America on decarbonizing the energy matrix on September 24 from 9:00 – 11:30 am ET. Register here.
Rachel Flynn-Kasuba, Manager, Clean Transportation Growth at National Grid will join a panel discussion on September 23 from 9:00 – 10:00 am ET, hosted by CALSTART and Ceres on “Charting a Course to 30x30 for zero-emission medium- and heavy- duty vehicles.” This event will feature a diversity of stakeholders including utility, fleet, manufacturer, environmental justice, and NGO voices will discuss what leading states and cities can do to most quickly and equitably drive transformation in commercial vehicles to deliver cleaner air for their communities.
For more information on National Grid’s clean energy goals, see the company’s global business commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Trane Technologies’ Solutions Make Buildings Healthier and More Efficient
September 18, 2020 | Trane Technologies returns to Climate Week NYC 2020 to showcase its recently launched Center for Healthy and Efficient Spaces, its advancements in connected controls, and how the company will meet its bold 2030 Sustainability Commitments.
This year’s global pandemic has placed a greater emphasis on creating safe and healthy indoor spaces, while continuing to provide solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Fifteen percent of the world’s global emissions comes from heating and cooling buildings, and global demand for HVAC is expected to triple by 2050.
The future of sustainable buildings will rely on connected controls and building intelligence. Trane Technologies recently reached 20,000 connected buildings in the U.S. and Europe and nearly one million pieces of connected equipment.
Trane Technologies will also report on its 2030 Sustainability Commitments, launched last year. These commitments include reaching carbon neutral operations as well as the Gigaton Challenge, a pledge to reduce customer carbon emissions by a billion metric tons – the equivalent of two percent of the world’s annual emissions.
Speaking at CWNYC
Dave Regnery, president and chief operating officer of Trane Technologies, will speak at The Hub on September 22 on Smart Buildings: How Tech Can Enable Productive, Healthy and Net-Zero Buildings.
Rasha Hasaneen, vice president of Innovation and executive director of the company’s Center for Healthy & Efficient Spaces (CHES) will speak at the BCSE’s September 23 panel on A Solution Set For Complex Challenges: Clean Energy And Climate, COVID-19 and Economic Recovery.
Trane Technologies is a silver sponsor of Climate Week NYC.
Signify Achieves Carbon Neutrality, 100% Power by Renewable Electricity
September 18, 2020 | Signify, a world leader in lighting, recently announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality for all its operations across the world as well as using 100% renewable electricity.
Signify has reduced its operational emissions by more than 70% since 2010, having shifted to more energy-efficient technologies at its sites, to more sustainable modes of transport and optimized logistics planning, and to less travel in a more sustainable way. It also uses 100% renewable electricity, supported through two power purchase agreements, one in Texas and a second in Poland. The balance of emission reductions is achieved through a carbon offsetting program with projects aimed at benefiting the well-being of local communities.
Signify also announced the launch of a new five-year sustainability program, Brighter Lives, Better World 2025, that will take the company “beyond carbon neutrality.” The UN Sustainable Development Goals will be used as its strategic compass to work towards the following four goals:
- Double the pace of the Paris Agreement
- Double circular revenues to 32%
- Double revenues for brighter lives, through innovations that benefit society, to 32%
- Double Signify's commitment to diversity and inclusion and double the % of women in leadership to 34%
Signify will also continue and strengthen its ongoing commitments for 2025, including:
- Carbon neutral operations and 100% renewable electricity
- Increase Climate action revenues to 72%
- Zero waste to landfill for all manufacturing sites
- Eliminate plastics from all consumer packaging (2021)
- Light 10 million lives through the Signify Foundation
- Safe & healthy workplace with a Total Recorded Case rate of <0.30
- Supplier sustainability performance of 95%
For more information:
Signify’s sustainability pages for additional details on these commitments as well as progress updates. Press release: Signify achieves carbon neutrality and sets course to double its positive impact on the environment and society
Signify is a supporting sponsor of Climate Week NYC.