Verdantix COP26 Executive Briefing: The Future Of Net Zero Emissions Strategies

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP26, concluded on Friday, November 12, after 13 days of meetings, discussions and speeches by heads of state, country representatives, scientific experts, industry leaders and campaigners. On November 18, 2021, Verdantix held an Executive Briefing event that brought together over 50 business leaders to discuss and digest the implications of the conference and its outcomes.

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Panel 1

The Future Of Net Zero Emissions Strategies

Our first panel, which focused on the future of net zero emissions strategies, was composed of sustainability business leaders from Credit Suisse, ENGIE and Mitie, representing the business, financial and power services sectors. The discussion explored the impact of COP26 on businesses and how firms should plan their pathway to net zero.

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Panel 2

COP26 Implications For Carbon Markets

Our second panel focused on the implications of COP26 for carbon markets and involved business leaders representing leading offset standards, banking and financial services, and data and analytics providers.

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David Metcalfe
CEO

David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

Rodolphe d'Arjuzon
Global Head of Research and Finance Director

Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. Rodolphe has over twenty years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

Kim Knickle
Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG, sustainability and climate change services market forecast, and digital strategies to improve sustainability risk management. Her research expertise also includes manufacturing and retail industry subject matter expert, thought leadership, storytelling, emerging technology research and analysis (cloud, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, computer vision, IoT), sales enablement, competitive and SWOT analysis, market research, research operations.

Susan Clarke
Research Director, Smart Buildings

Susan leads the Verdantix Smart Buildings practice. Her current research agenda focuses on software solutions for real estate management including integrated workplace management systems and IoT platforms for buildings. Her research expertise also includes a broad range of energy management technologies and energy services. Susan has eight years of experience in technology research. She holds a MSc from the University of London in Sustainable Development.

Malavika Tohani
Research Director, Operational Excellence

Malavika leads the Verdantix Operational Excellence practice. Her current research agenda focuses on digital technologies for Operational Excellence including digital twins and software solutions for industrial risk and asset management. Malavika has over 15 years’ experience in research and strategy consulting. Malavika previously worked at Frost & Sullivan, managing and delivering advisory projects for clients involving expansion, acquisition, benchmarking and product development strategies. Malavika holds a MSc in Economics from Madras School of Economics.

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Verdantix is an independent research and consulting firm with expertise in environment, health, safety and quality, operational excellence, smart buildings, as well as ESG & sustainability technologies. Through our research and advisory services we help corporate managers, investors, technology executives and service firm leaders to make robust, fact-based decisions. We are committed to delivering objective, timely and accurate analysis to help our clients succeed.

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