Cleantech Group’s Energy Efficiency practice focuses on the technology opportunities in the massive market for efficiency solutions in the commercial, industrial and residential sectors.  From homes and office complexes to manufacturing facilities, the savings potential is often described as cleantech’s “low hanging fruit”.  Energy Efficiency sector represents more than $30 billion in potential energy savings in the commercial building sector alone, or 340 megatons of CO2 emissions annually, by 2030. Cleantech Group identifies multiple subsectors within in Energy Efficiency, including:

  • Building Energy Management: This sector includes energy efficiency solutions in the built environment, particularly in the hardware, software and services offerings provided by some of the world’s largest energy services companies (ESCOs) like Johnson Controls or some of the leading venture-backed cloud-based offerings like Scientific Conservation.
  • Lighting: This sector breaks out the various value chains within the growing lighting sector.  As lighting consumes around 30% of energy in built environment or an estimated 1.6 terawatts (amounting to 168 full-sized power plants), the new technologies and control systems in lighting are a high growth area for large corporations like Philips or start-ups like Digital Lumens.
  • Home Automation: This segment includes technologies, both hardware and software, being deployed within a consumer setting that helps control energy use within the home.  For example, home control applications from Control4 or OpenPeak.  This category is closely related to many of our Smart Grid classified technologies that are helping to link utilities with end customers to deploy energy management and demand response applications.
  • Other sectors/technologies include:
    • Green Building Materials: Includes low-carbon building materials, advanced insulation, energy efficiency windows, among others.
    • HVAC: Advanced heating and cooling systems
    • Data Center Efficiency: Thermal and air flow sensor technologies
    • Electrical Distribution: DC/DC solutions, new drive, motor and generator technologies

Cleantech Group’s i3 platform helps clients:

  • Identify the latest trending energy efficiency investments and transactions
  • Provide a deep analysis of companies in the Energy Efficiency sector, including:
  • Map the newest relationships forming between the disparate value chains within the Building Energy Management stack, including vendors in lighting, HVAC, monitoring/control/automation

Sector Experts:

Kerry Cebul, Associate, Research & Advisory

Kerry provides principal support for research and advisory engagements with global enterprises, investors, and public institutions. Kerry has a diverse consulting background ranging from supporting the development and implementation of energy and climate change strategies in the public sector to creating private sector cleantech product launch strategies.

Prior to joining the Cleantech Group, Kerry spent 4 years as a consultant with ICF International developing and scaling national sustainability and energy programs for public sector Federal, State, and local organizations including the Department of Energy, National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Kerry has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.

Sheeraz Haji, CEO
As CEO of Cleantech Group, Sheeraz Haji is one of the world’s most influential cleantech thought-leaders and trusted advisors to global companies and executives. Prior to joining the company, Sheeraz served for eight years as co-founder and CEO of GetActive, a venture-backed software-as-a-service, customer relationship management company. He led GetActive’s merger with Convio, then as Convio’s president built a company with 1,200 clients and 300 employees.

Sheeraz has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company; entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) for El Dorado Ventures; operations executive for GMO, a global management investment firm; and product manager for Digital Impact (acquired by Acxiom). Sheeraz launched his career as an environmental engineer with Environ International. He has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in environmental engineering from Brown University and Stanford University respectively. Sheeraz also holds dual U.S. and French citizenship.

Executive Vice President  – Greg Neichin
Greg is the Head of Cleantech Group’s Research & Advisory business, as well as serving as the company’s lead of Smart Grid.  Greg has personally authored a variety of publications including the U.S. DOE’s 2010 Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Review.  Greg brings to his smart grid research an extensive background in software and data communications having helped build two successful venture-backed software-as-a-service companies (GetActive Software and PlaceVine), as well as managing Strategy & Business Development for Redback Networks.  Greg has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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