Connecting Regions on the Road to COP26: Decarbonizing Our Cities & Buildings


NECEC is excited to announce the second event in its Connecting Regions on the Road to COP26 series: Decarbonizing Our Cities & Buildings. This event series is sponsored by National Grid, a Principal Partner for COP26, and is part of NECEC’s Emerging Trend Series.

To meet the ambitious carbon reduction goals needed to stay on a well below two-degree pathway, collaboration will be key. Join this virtual event on July 22 to learn what is needed to achieve the 2030 targets that will ensure we’re on a path to net zero by 2050. Hear a panel of experts share lessons learned from decarbonizing the built environment in the UK and the Northeast U.S. and discuss how to scale these solutions.

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11:00 a.m.: Welcome Remarks

  • Peter Rothstein, President, NECEC
  • Peter Abbott, British Consul-​General in New England

11:10 a.m.: Panel Discussion: A New Energy System for Our Cities and Buildings
This panel discussion will explore how a redesigned energy system that includes clean electricity, energy efficiency, electrification, hydrogen, and low-carbon fuels can enable the decarbonization of the built environment. Panelists:

  • Alistair Pim, VP of Innovation & Partnerships, NECEC (moderator)
  • Mike Sullivan, Buildings Segment President Worldwide, Schneider Electric
  • Judith Judson, VP Head of U.S. Strategy, National Grid
  • Irene Skoula, Technical Lead - Energy & Buildings, C40 Cities
  • Geoff Gunn, Associate Principal, Arup

11:55 a.m.: Fireside Chat: How Boston and Edinburgh Approach Decarbonization
This fireside chat will explore how these two cities have implemented policies and programs to decarbonize their built environment and what we can learn from their approaches. Panelists:

  • Peter Rothstein, President, NECEC (moderator)
  • Jacqueline Ashmore, Director Boston University Institute of Sustainable Energy
  • Ed Craig, Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

12:15 p.m.: Innovation Lightning Round

This session will feature short presentations on innovations that will enable reduction of emissions in cities and the built environment. Panelists:

  • Udi Meirav, Founder & President, enVerid Systems
  • Greg King, Managing Director, TSK Energy Solutions LLC & NECEC Board Member
  • Dave Pearson, Group Sustainable Development Director, Star Refrigeration

12:28 p.m.: Closing Remarks 

  • Peter Rothstein, President, NECEC

12:30 p.m.: Event Concludes

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