Sam Shiroff on energy storage and a renewable energy future - Kathy Varol
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February 15, 2024   |   Episode #: 075

Sam Shiroff on energy storage and a renewable energy future

Show Notes:

Sam Shiroff is the Senior Director of Global Sustainability for EnerSys. A multibillion-dollar business serving over 10,000 customers in 100 countries, EnerSys is an industrial technology leader offering stored energy solutions that meet the growing need for energy efficiency, reliability, and sustainability. The company’s purpose is “Powering the Future, Everywhere for Everyone”.

Sam combines 20+ years of international corporate ESG, sustainability, and community relations experience with a deep knowledge of carbon finance, energy efficiency, and the nonprofit world. Sam has held leadership roles in sustainability at nonprofit organizations and companies including Bosch, Deutsche Bank, and Signet Jewelers. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, has an MBA, a Creating Shared Value (CSV) accreditation from Harvard Business School, is a LEED Green Associate, and is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) accredited.

In this episode we discuss:
✅ The role of batteries in transitioning to a renewable energy future
✅ The enormous electronic vehicle market you never considered
✅ An unexpected gold standard case study in the Circular Economy


3 episode takeaways (listen to the full episode for a lot more gems!): 

1️⃣ Climate Tech – A Marriage of Growth and Sustainability. It’s so cool to see companies—like EnerSys—whose business success is intrinsically linked to reducing carbon emissions. Their success is a barometer of our collective progress in battling climate change. The more we excel in this fight, the more they thrive.

What if all companies had their individual thriving tied to our collective thriving? How would the world look differently? This is a model of growth that raises all boats with the tide.

2️⃣ The Ebb and Flow of Energy Consumption. I loved the description on how the power grid works—it’s an exercise of balance, matching the energy poured in with what’s drawn out. Consumer demand for energy is not consistent throughout the day, which is a challenge, but it’s also cool to note that people are using the most energy during the day,  and when solar energy is available. It’s neat that our own productive cycle mirrors nature’s in this area.
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3️⃣ The Many Gifts of Environmental Reporting. Sam’s insights into environmental reporting sheds light on its multifaceted benefits within organizations. It’s not just about compliance or public image; it’s a tool that crystallizes sustainability strategies. It aligns teams on key metrics, sets benchmarks, and maps out ambitious goals. More importantly, it ensures a consistent focus on long-term progress and keeps the entire team engaged in the sustainability journey.

When done right, environmental reporting acts as a compass guiding organizations towards a greener, more responsible future.


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