Webinar: A to Zero: How NatWest Group turned energy management into an industry-leading climate commitment

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Festival Net Zero 2021

We are pleased to be joined by NatWest Group (formerly the Royal Bank of Scotland) who will provide insight into their energy management journey and how they have progressed from a desire to improve systems and reduce costs, to setting ambitious energy and climate targets whilst achieving savings into the £millions.

The session will cover the bank’s collaboration with EcoAct to develop an operating model that has driven large energy reductions and improved processes and reporting; the obstacles overcome along the way; and how this has provided NatWest Group with the foundation for a robust industry-leading climate strategy.


  • John Bamford, Director, Head of Advisory, EcoAct UK
  • Lesley Holloway, Environmental Manager, NatWest Group

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Speaker bios:

John Bamford, Director, Head of Advisory, EcoAct UK
John leads the EcoAct UK Advisory team and is a Chartered Engineer, specialising in operational performance of energy related systems, whether within buildings or as part of industrial processes. He provides in-depth support to key clients throughout their energy and carbon reduction programmes.
John has been with EcoAct for over 4 years and prior to becoming Head of Advisory, he was both technical and commercial lead for the Energy Management Solutions service offering. John’s background covers strategic and operational management of engineering and energy solutions.
John has an extensive range of energy and water management project experience within the retail, banking, commercial real estate and manufacturing sectors, and led the successful design, implementation and mobilisation of the energy management system for the Royal Bank of Scotland, covering approximately 5,200 sites worldwide.

Lesley Holloway, Environmental Manager, NatWest Group
An experienced Energy & Environment Manager with almost 20 years of experience in the banking sector, Lesley has worked in a number of financial institutions, including ING Barings, ABN AMRO, and for the past 18 years, NatWest Group (formerly RBS Group).
Here she has led the development and delivery of multiple global programmes aiming to reduce the bank’s own impact on the environment. For the past 5 years Lesley has managed its energy consumption across the UK portfolio, managing processes to ensure it procures energy in the most cost-effective way, minimises energy consumption and makes timely payment to suppliers. Lesley has an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice from Bath University.

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