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Highlights from the final executive event, hosted at the CNBC Studios in London. 

In 2013, after three global energy brainstorms, CNBC got together top executives to debate and interrogate the winning ideas. Under the piercing lights of CNBC International’s London headquarters, guests discussed whether London’s energy wikileaks, Bangkok’s mega mass transit or Delhi’s combined renewables idea was the most feasible and impactful to take forward.

Debate was very active on all of the solutions, with Phil Smith from Cisco chiming in to support the effectiveness of the Internet of Things, while Beth Smith of HS2 discussed the difficulties of moving people to public transportation options. Maf Smith from RenewableUK presented a strong case for continuing a renewable energy revolution, but several others (including Professor John Loughhead of the UK Energy Research Council) claimed that this was “Peter Pan” thinking, and that the world was going to run for quite some time yet on fossil fuels.

The lively discussion led to a very close vote, in which London’s energy wikileaks and Internet of Things idea beat out better public transportation by one vote.
After picking an IT solution as the most feasible way to limit emissions, participants worked together to create an achievable action plan. Discussion at the tables continued to be furious, as tables 1 and 2 were quickly able to find consensus while tables 3 and 4 were far more split on whether this solution was in any way workable. A key area that several participants identified as a weakness was the need to ignore consumer protections such as privacy in order to develop anything useful.

Brainstormers then had 90 seconds to pitch their thoughts to the room.

The winning action plan, from Table 2, was presented by Dr Martin Grant of WS Atkins. He suggested that a collaboration between industry, government and consumers would lead to sharing data - and understanding where waste exists would be made intuitive through cool technology. 


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CNBC Studio Highlights

Highlights from the final executive event, hosted at the CNBC Studios in London. 

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