Charging the Midwest for the Renewable Energy Revolution
Tuesday July 6, 2021 // 12PM EDT // 10AM MDT // 9AM PDT // 5PM BST
Consumer interest in renewable energy is growing – ‘clean power’ sales doubled between 2010 and 2014, and then doubled again between 2014 and 2019. In 2019, renewable energy consumption grew to a record-breaking 11% of total US energy consumption – a record that has now been hit for four consecutive years. Morgan Stanley shared that renewables buildout is driving significant growth for utilities.
Meanwhile in the Midwest, incentives to use renewable energy set at state-level remains low compared to other areas in the US, such as the West- and East Coast. The absence of incentives and targets results in a low-awareness level of the benefits and opportunities consumers have when using renewable energy. As of December 2020, Minnesota and Michigan are the only two Midwestern states to implemented a statutory target and an executive target respectively to combat greenhouse gas emissions and to become carbon neutral by 2050.
With Michigan only signing this executive target in 2020, driven by concerns on rising temperatures and the necessity to slow down climate change, combined with the nation-wide growth of renewable energy usage, now is the time to get together and understand how, why and when the Midwest can join the renewable energy revolution.
This session brings together the key stakeholders to discuss the most pressing challenges and questions regarding renewable energy, including:
- How to raise awareness and demonstrate the economic benefits of renewable energy in the Midwest?
- Who leads the way? Should states be more proactive in setting targets or should this continue to be driven by utilities and large commercial organizations?
- Which local challenges prohibit organizations and consumers to switch to renewable energy resources and what needs to be done about this?
Taking Urgent Strides to Accelerate the Embodied Carbon Emissions Learning Curve
Thursday May 6, 2021 // 12PM EDT // 10AM MDT // 9AM PDT // 5PM BST
Close to 40% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from building operations and building materials and construction. 28% of the global building sector emissions is embodied carbon versus 72% building operation emissions. As building operations are anticipated to become more efficient, the global embodied carbon share is expected to rise further.
There is a way to go in order to achieve zero embodied carbon emissions in all aspects of building design and construction. There are challenges to be tackled when it comes to upfront carbon, use stage embodied carbon and end of life carbon as well as other important areas that fall within the life cycle assessment. These challenges include education and knowing how and where to select the correct materials. Further education is required in order to get building designers and constructors, manufacturers and building owners agree on the right set of strategies to achieve low to no embodied carbon emissions.
This session brings together the key stakeholders to discuss the most pressing challenges and questions regarding embodied carbon, including:
- Education: how to implement embodied carbon into a strategy or project for decision makers, construction organisations, suppliers, building owners, material specifiers, architects and the design community.
- Design and build environment: developments on sourcing, manufacturing and implementing low-no carbon materials on all aspects of new and retrofitted buildings.
- Developments on software tools that support designers, constructors and manufacturers with achieving low to no carbon emissions.
- Brent Trenga - Director of Sustainability, Kingspan
- Ryan Welch - Principal, KieranTimberlake
- Ben Stanley - Senior Consultant, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change,WSP
- Stacy Smedley - Executive Director, Building Transparency and Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Exploring Smart Technologies to Enable Sustainable Building Operations
Session details coming soon.
Sessions to run from May – November 2021. More details and sessions to be added soon!