AGENDA
 

Conclave operates under Chatham House Rules.  The sessions will not be recorded. If you are interested in participating, you must attend live.

 

Each day has a theme. We look forward to seeing you in the plenary, which is a high-level overview of the day’s theme. Breakouts are your opportunity to dive deep into a specific subject, ask more questions, and build your strategy with your peers and industry experts. 

 

After you register for the event, we will send you more information customizing your agenda and selecting your breakouts. Seating is limited so RSVP today.

 

Please plan to attend with a laptop and not a tablet, as the technology is not compatible with a tablet device.   

PRE-CONFERENCE 

Week of April 12

Renewable Energy 101: Smart Ramp to Clean Energy

April 14 | 2:00 - 3:30 (EST)

To sign up, please email kristen.bell@se.com

CONCLAVE

Tuesday, April 20

Welcome to Conclave: Connecting at a Distance 

1:00 - 1:15 (EST)

Welcome to Conclave: Connecting at a Distance!  We’re looking forward to an engaging virtual event that helps you shape your climate action strategy in 2021 by bringing you the latest insights in cleantech/decarbonization and connecting you with industry leaders.

Climate Action in 2021:  How Organizations are Meeting Climate Goals with Decarbonization Strategies

1:15 - 1:40 (EST)

An increasing number of companies are reviewing how they can reach ambitious sustainability goals like 100% renewable energy or achieving net-zero emissions.  During this plenary, we’ll cover the latest updates in overall corporate goals and strategy and how organizations are continuing to push the market. We’ll review how you can leverage renewables to meet your decarbonization goals while also remaining economically viable. 

Turn To Your Neighbor

1:40 - 1:55 (EST)

Who is in the “room” at Conclave?  We’ll use this time to connect you with other people interested in clean energy procurement.

Fireside Chat with PepsiCo

1:55 - 2:20 (EST)

In 2020, PepsiCo made a series of impressive public commitments: to join the RE100, to be net-zero by 2040, and to reach 100% renewable electricity across all of its company owned and controlled operations globally by 2030.  Within the last year, PepsiCo has made impressive strides in their renewable energy & sustainability strategy.  In this fireside chat with Ryan Spicer, Sustainability Sr Manager, we'll discuss tools and methods they used to built  and advanced their sustainability and renewables strategy.

Transition to Breakouts 

2:20 - 2:25 (EST)

Moving to breakouts. 

Plenaries & Networking 

Being an Internal Champion: Unifying Your Company To Achieve Renewable Energy Goals 

2:25 - 3:05 (EST)

For many companies, achieving sustainability goals that incorporate renewable energy procurement requires many teams to rethink the way they’re operating. In this workshop, we’ll review who needs a seat at the table when making renewable purchasing decisions and how successful organizations engaged stakeholders to build consensus and bring deals across the finish line.

Reducing Scope 2 Emissions with Offsite PPAs:  The Latest Market Trends

2:25 - 3:05 (EST)

Offsite PPAs remain the single most scalable and cost effective mechanism for reducing Scope 2 carbon emissions. In this session, we’ll talk through the latest trends in the offsite PPA market, including project availability by geography and technology, pairing wind and solar with battery storage, risk-limiting structures, and more.

Breakouts

Transition to breakouts 3:05 - 3:10

From COVID to California to Texas:  What  Events Taught Us About PPAs & Climate Risk Mitigations

If we’ve learned anything from disruptive events this past year like COVID, California and Texas, it’s that effects from climate change will continue to become more visible as time progresses.  During this session, we’ll share insights on how to think about risk in 2021 and beyond, and how to make informed decisions to identify the right clean energy projects for your organization.

3:10 - 4:00 (EST)

Onsite Solar and Battery Storage:  Identifying Existing Opportunities in Your Energy Portfolio 

Companies considering onsite renewables quickly learn that it’s not the most intuitive market. There are a lot of challenges around understanding regional opportunities, government incentives, what makes a good solar market, and if your building even qualifies.  We’ll explore what you need to know before considering an onsite project, identifying viable markets for your locations, and evaluating returns.

3:10 - 4:00 (EST)

Trivia

4:00 4:45 (EST)

Get your thinking caps on!  We're teaming you up to see how much you know on a few general knowledge categories (and a few energy-related questions).  We'll send the winning team a prize!

MEET ME FOR A DRINK- 4:45(EST)

Wednesday, April 21st 

Welcome to Conclave: Connecting At A Distance 

1:00 - 1:15 (EST)

Welcome to Conclave: Connecting at a Distance, day 2! 

Ignite!  Voices from the Industry 

1:15 - 1:40 (EST)

The Renewable Energy industry is experiencing dramatic and inspiring growth.  We’ll feature inspiring stories from our NEO Network community about their proudest projects, why they got into the industry, and what they’re most looking forward to in 2021 and beyond.

Tackling Scope 3:  Leveraging the Proper Instruments to Meet Your Goals

1:40 - 2:05 (EST)

Scope 3 is a hot topic for companies today and for good reason as most emissions sit outside a company’s own virtual four walls.  A lot of companies are just now starting to get a grasp on how to engage suppliers to address Scope 3 emissions. In this session, we’ll share best practices on how companies can work with supplier to tackle climate action and decarbonize their supply chains.

Turn to Your Neighbor 

2:05 - 2:20 (EST)

Connect with other NEO Network members.

Core Steps to Decarbonizing Your Supply Chain: Insights from Walmart 

2:20 - 2:45 (EST)

Addressing your company’s value chain emissions may feel like a massive undertaking, but it’s essential and possible. It’s important to understand the different levers available to you when tackling your supply chain emissions. In this fireside chat with Joby Carlson, Walmart's Director of Global Sustainability, we’ll review how you can take a programmatic approach to engage your suppliers, measure emissions, and set and implement an effective strategy.

Transition to Breakouts 

2:45 - 2:50 (EST)

Transition to breakout topics.

Plenaries & Networking 

Breakouts

Workshopping Your Scope 3 Strategy: Industry Actions to Decarbonize Supply Chain

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to decarbonizing your supply chain. In this session, we'll touch on how to think about Scope 3 at a high level and then drill into what it means for your renewable energy procurement strategy.  Bring your questions to our supply chain experts on how you can move forward with Scope 3, and we’ll help you workshop your strategy.

BREAK - 2:45 PM CET

2:50 - 3:30 (EST)

Transition to breakouts 3:30

Watch This Space for the Next
Big Trends

3:35 - 4:15 (EST)

Renewable thermal, hydrogen, and clean transport are the next big trends in decarbonization strategies. Bring your questions and get up to speed on how to capitalize on these opportunities.

Social & Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects

3:35 - 4:15 (EST)

Many companies embrace renewable energy because it’s the right thing to do, but how should we consider the environmental and social justice impacts of a project?  How can organizations understand the life cycle of the materials?  What  sustainability and diversity issues surface when we develop projects?  In this session, we’ll discuss those issues and how the industry is evolving to become more sustainable and inclusive.

MEET ME FOR A DRINK- 4:15 

11:00 - 11:30

Closing Remarks