Best Sustainability LIVE sessions for data centre leaders

Leaders in the data centre industry are heading to Sustainability LIVE in London next week, including Schneider Electric and VIRTUS

The countdown is on to Sustainability LIVE – the two-day hybrid learning and networking event being held in London from 6-7 September 2023.

Now less than a week away, Sustainability LIVE is hosted by BizClik and Sustainability Magazine and is being held at London’s Business Design Centre with more than 6,000 people already registered to attend, and more than 70 speakers set to feature across two conference stages.

The hybrid event will also be streamed live via Brella, meaning guests can beam in from across the globe and be part of Sustainability LIVE’s virtual audience.

Sustainability LIVE 2023 highlights for data industry leaders

Stage 1: The Fastest Path to Net Zero
Speaker: Steve Smith, Head of Global Marketing: Energy Management Thought Leadership and Communications at Schneider Electric
Date and time: 10am BST, 6 September

Steve Smith kicks off Sustainability LIVE 2023 with his playbook for The Fastest Path to Net Zero. A global leader in the digital transformation of energy and automation employing more than 140,000 people in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric has natural insight into the global issues that matter most. Smith has in excess of 25 years of experience of the challenges faced in delivering more energy while simultaneously reducing the impact on the environment. 

A return speaker at Sustainability LIVE, Smith drives engaging and award-winning content to leverage consistent best practice and tangible value to businesses.

Stage 1: Microsoft’s Sustainability Strategy
Speaker: Sean Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer at Microsoft
Date and time: 11:05am BST, 6 September

Highlighting how the American multinational technology corporation is meeting its sustainability targets, Microsoft’s Sean Jones - armed with 25 years of industry experience in consumer goods and chemicals as well as digital transformation consulting - aims to enlighten Sustainability LIVE’s in person and virtual audiences on Microsoft’s incorporation of sustainable practices, its efforts to reduce carbon footprint, and the promotion of renewable energy sources and empower other businesses on their green journey.

Jones’ discussion will also touch upon collaborations with external organisations and the company's journey to become carbon-negative by 2030. 

Stage 1: Sustainability efforts within Open Compute Project to drive the global data centre industry
Speaker: Dharmesh (DJ) Jani, Ecosystem & Partnership Lead at Meta
Date and time: 3:45pm BST, 6 September

An energetic and entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years of industry experience, Jani is known for his strong work ethic and immense curiosity, excelling in building and leading top-performing teams that deliver innovative products in fast-paced environments. As Director of Infrastructure Ecosystem and Partnerships at Meta, Jani has made significant contributions to the company's technology strategy and will use his panel discussion at Sustainability LIVE to propel how sustainability practices can be encompassed in the ever-growing data centre industry. 

Stage 2: The Green Energy Forum
Speaker: David Watkins, Solutions Director at VIRTUS Data Centres
Date and time: 10:40am BST, 6 September

Featuring alongside the Centre for Net Zero and European Energy Exchange, VIRTUS’ David Watkins - a speaker at Data Centre LIVE 2023 - will take part in the panel on Green Energy, sponsored by Schneider Electric. The session explores the role of renewable energy sources in transforming the global energy landscape. With the transition to green energy essential to tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development goals, the discussion will examine current trends and innovations in the green energy industry, the challenges facing the adoption and scaling of renewable energy, and the opportunities and implications for various sectors of the economy.

VIRTUS Data Centres uses 100% renewable energy in its state-of-the-art green data centres, and works to help businesses tackle climate change.

Stage 1: Accelerating Sustainability & Decarbonization through the AWS Cloud
Speaker: Tobias Kederer, EMEA Head of Sustainability & Migrations/ Modernization at AWS
Date and time: 10am BST, 7 September

This keynote, led by AWS’ Head of Sustainability Tobias Kederer, will display what Amazon and AWS are doing to fight the climate crisis and how the cloud can help businesses leverage capabilities and data to accelerate sustainability initiatives through innovation, sustainability expertise and proven use cases. Hoping to inspire individual sustainability journeys, Kederer - who works in accelerating the sustainability transformation of AWS customers through the use of data analytics, ML and AI - is sure to inspire. 

Stage 1: Google's Sustainability Strategy
Speaker: Adam Elman, Head of Sustainability EMEA, Google
Date and time: 1pm BST, 7 September

As Head of Sustainability for Google Europe, Middle East and Africa, Adam Elman works at the meeting point of physical, digital and natural worlds. He coordinates with Google's real world and digital infrastructure teams - from real estate and supply chains, to data centres and products - to ensure the company is capitalising on opportunities to strategically advance sustainability.

He draws on more than 15 years of experience driving sustainability at organisations including Amazon and Marks & Spencer. In his keynote, Elman will highlight Google’s sustainability strategy to inspire others on their journey towards a greener future.

Stage 2: The Circular Economy Forum
Speaker: Sarah Watt, VP Analyst at Gartner
Date and time: 11:10am BST, 7 September

Alongside the likes of Bidfood and Wilson James, Garter’s Sarah Watt joins The Circular Economy Forum which explores a new economic model based on the principles of waste reduction, resource efficiency, and closed-loop systems. The circular approach seeks to eliminate waste and pollution by designing products and processes that are regenerative and restorative. The discussion will delve into the potential of the circular economy to foster sustainable development, reduce environmental impacts, and offer opportunities for innovation and job creation.

Watt empowers clients to turn sustainability strategies into action and focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation, implementing the circular economy and responsible sourcing. Her contribution is set to empower leaders to unlock change through people, process and technologies.

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Other magazines that may be of interest - Mobile Magazine.

Please also check out our upcoming event - Cloud and 5G LIVE on October 11 and 12 2023.

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