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Jens Lievens on energy procurement strategies
Jens Lievens is COO at E&C Consultants and has a strong background in business development, experience that he applies constantly as manager to inspire and support colleagues and clients.
Attendees at the Transatlantic Energy Conference had the opportunity to listen to Jens explaining the key elements of winning energy buying strategies and how to deal with high prices in the current context of the energy markets. In this video, Jens discusses some of the insights shared with the conference audience and illustrates why it is so important to have a solid energy procurement strategy.
Dina Karamarko on decarbonization strategies in large energy consuming companies
Dina Karamarko works as an International Energy & Sustainability Consultant at E&C Consultants. Since her very early days at E&C in 2015, Dina has been passionate about creating value for industrial players when it comes to energy risk management, decarbonization and effective reporting.
During our last annual conference, participants had the chance to hear Dina explain and showcase the strategies to keep control over the costs of decarbonization. We benefited from the situation to ask her about the link between general procurement strategies and sustainability strategies, as well as the risks that the current crisis could involve for the energy transition plans of large energy consumers.
Bart Verest on security of supply and the risks for energy buyers
Benedict de Meulemeester on the unprecedented volatility of energy markets
Benedict de Meulemeester is co-founder and CEO at E&C Consultants. He collaborated with many companies in energy procurement in the past sixteen years at E&C, and has a broad experience regarding the energy markets in many different countries.
During the last E&C annual conference, Benedict spoke about the unprecedented volatility experienced by the energy markets, and led a workshop aiming at advising energy buyers on how deal with the risk of suppliers disappearing with hedges.
Gerard Reid on the main factors that have led to the volatility on energy prices
Gerard Reid is focused on empowering and accelerating change by advising organizations, industry leaders and global decision makers on the transition towards net-zero carbon emissions. Co-founder at Alexa Capital, he is also a Fellow at the Institute of the Environment at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Global Future Council on Advanced Energy Technologies at the World Economic Forum.
Gerard was the keynote speaker in our last Transatlantic Energy Conference, organized in Brussels on 28 April 2022 under the main theme 'Energy transition through the high peaks'. E&C Consultants profited from the occasion to ask Gerard about the current volatility of the energy markets and its impact for large energy consumers.
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What people are saying about E&C
“Together with E&C, we are gradually improving our maturity in Energy Procurement across Bombardier (Aerospace and Transportation). They support us in optimizing our energy procurement step by step. Having started with only one location, we are now collaborating in 8 countries in Europe and North America and there is more to look forward to.”
“E&C succeeded in negotiating a contract without any volume requirements - an essential condition due to the volatile business we’re in. Their tendering, combined with their accurate follow-up of the energy markets, resulted in an average hedged electricity price that was 15% below that of last year.”
Ludo Heylen, Purchasing Manager at Lantmännen Unibake Benelux
“E&C realized that our passive approach to energy payments was costing us money. By analyzing our invoices and discussing with engineers, they found out that our capacitors were being set up on the wrong connection points. This realization saved us 60,000 euro per year.”
Client active in food manufacturing
“E&C created a tailor-made executive summary that combined all of our hedging and financial controlling activities. It gave us an overview of the portfolio situation for electricity, gas and injections, and provided a detailed breakdown of the cost per month for several of our sites. The file is updated each month to show the cost evolution and compare it with the previous year as well as with our internal targets. This makes following-up easy and and ensures effective decision-making.”
“Pre-financial crisis, energy markets were soaring, increasing daily - and positions were purchased in panic at high prices. We recognized that no one can predict the behaviour of the markets - engaging E&C helped us develop a buying strategy and we gained control over our energy cost and risk exposure.”
“Thanks to E&C, our P&L is no longer affected by unexpected energy budget increases like we saw in 2008”
Company active in tourism industry
“E&C has been a great partner in our effort to switch away from a decentralized, fragmented approach for Utilities to a Strategic Centralised approach for 10 mature markets. We now have full visibility in our consumption on the SharePoint and are able to make much more informative decisions for the purchases. Moreover we are able to efficiently plan ahead for years to come and achieve better budget stability.”