With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com

Appointment of the month: Jennifer Layke

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has selected Jennifer Layke to lead its growing energy programme. She will head a global team of experts in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency in China, India, Indonesia and the United States. Since 2014, Layke has been director of WRI's Building Efficiency Initiative, a partnership with energy efficiency specialist Johnson Controls

Layke’s first job was with a consulting firm on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s work with China to tackle CFCs. “It became very clear that not only was the policy important for phasing out CFCs, but also that there were a lot of business decisions being made about what kind of products to make and how to produce them,” she explains.

She worked at WRI for 12 years, before joining Johnson Controls. “There I had the opportunity to learn from the inside about the energy efficiency business,” she says.

“The global energy challenge requires us to think about three interlinked issues: the policy frameworks where decisions are made about investments; the business models to deliver energy services; and the consumer’s ability to access clean, affordable and reliable energy.” explains Layke.

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