Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

2008 Distinguished Lectures



Friday, April 11, 2008

4:30-6:30 p.m., 101 Jordan Hall of Science and Main Galleria

Lecture and Reception

"Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?"

Ken Ostrowski
McKinsey & Company


The inaugural Notre Dame Energy Center Distinguished Lecture Series will be presented by Ken Ostrowski, (Atlanta) Director of McKinsey & Company. Mr. Ostrowski's talk will focus on the major study that was conducted and released in November 2007 by McKinsey & Company and The Conference Board detailing how the United States could shave as much as 28 percent off the amount of greenhouse gases it emits at fairly modest cost and with only small technology innovations.

Kenneth J. Ostrowski is a Director in McKinsey's Atlanta Office with over 23 years of consulting experience.  Mr. Ostrowski is the leader of McKinsey’s North America Electric Power and Natural Gas (EPNG) Practice, and co-leads the Global EPNG Practice. Over the course of his career, he has served electric power, natural gas, and industrial clients in refining their strategic aspirations and direction, and aligning the organizational, regulatory, and operational elements necessary to execute.

Representative assignments include:

  • Co-leader of McKinsey’s year-long, multi-client sponsored initiative to analyze US abatement options and cost for GHG emissions in which a comprehensive cost curve of US abatement options was developed along with detailed perspectives on the coming US GHG challenges and implications.
  • Led McKinsey’s participation in supporting a joint McKinsey/”Industry” assessment of “Energy 2015” with emphasis on the impacts of CO2 on future energy technologies and strategies, and previously, led a joint McKinsey/”Wallstreet” assessment of the strategic evolution of the power sector.
  • Supported the formulation of regulatory and legislative strategies to address retail access and related market issues for an integrated electric power/natural gas utility, and led a major customer satisfaction transformation program.
  • Supported the design and execution of a corporate-wide utility transformation program including operations, procurement, and customer “end-to-end” processes which delivered substantial improvements in efficiency, reliability, and customer satisfaction while supporting the development of improved organizational capabilities and culture.
  • Developed a comprehensive generation growth strategy and executed an overall lean operations improvement program designed to achieve “best plant” performance aspirations and institute a culture of continuous improvement.

Before joining McKinsey & Company, Mr. Ostrowski was an intern at the Congressional Budget Office, and completed the two-year Financial Management Program at General Electric Company.  He received an M.B.A. in General Management with honors from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.

RELATED EVENT:  Anne Thompson, Chief Environmental Correspondent, NBC News, will present "Green is the 'New Black' But Will it Stay in Style?" during the Mendoza College of Business Ten Year Hence Speaker Series on April 11, from 10:40am to 12:10pm in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?