AGRION-NASDAQ Energy & Sustainability Summit to Take Place in New York
World's private and public sector leaders to convene on infrastructure,
energy, and sustainability in the wake of natural disasters
NEW YORK, Jan 10, 2013
NEW YORK, Jan 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Agrion-Nasdaq Energy & Sustainability
Summit -- Global energy systems and supply chains are facing unprecedented
threats. Contributors like NASDAQ, PSE&G CEO Ralph Izzo, Governor Cuomo,
Senator Gillibrand's Office, experts from the United Nations, DOE, EPA,
Hodgson Russ, Con Edison, McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, Intel, Darden Restaurants,
Johnson & Johnson, UBS, Bloomberg, Wyndham Worldwide, AB InBev, Volkswagen,
and more are committed to discuss energy and sustainability strategies on
February 19^th and 20^th in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Fukushima Daiichi,
Deepwater Horizon, disruptive flooding disasters, and other threats.
"The world's most influential organizations have started to pay close
attention to risk exposure stemming from climate variability, energy
reliability issues, and supply chain uncertainty," says Nicholas J. Davis,
Managing Director at AGRION, the global business network for energy,
cleantech, and sustainability. Davis notes, "This is about fundamental profit
and risk exposure facing the core operations of some of the largest
organizations around. These risks stem from increasingly intense and erratic
weather patterns, and trillions of dollars are at stake."
AGRION Summits identify critical industry barriers and opportunities that can
be transformed into major projects. For instance, "AGRION is working to pilot
the first microgrid project in the Bay Area, to ensure that hospitals in
flood-prone areas avoid setbacks like NYU Langone's power outage during
Superstorm Sandy," says Davis.
In fact, cleantech investment is coming from some unexpected industries.
"Insurance companies are some of the largest recent investors in renewable
energy projects, with solar arrays coming online from MetLife, Traveler's, and
more. They have the balance sheets and are increasingly aware of the risks
associated with inaction," notes Daniel Kolomeets-Darovsky, COO of Cleanhatch,
the online marketplace for renewable energy project finance.
AGRION is a global business network for energy and sustainability. Through
weekly meetings in San Francisco, New York, Frankfurt, Paris, and Beijing,
AGRION provides a platform for members to connect, exchange ideas, and
identify business opportunities. Our global network enables AGRION members to
determine critical business drivers, explore innovation, and realize
sustainable growth in a world challenged by resource constraints, climate
change, and evolving political landscapes. Interested professionals can find
out more about the February Summit at http://www.agrion.org/new-york2013/.
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