Walmart - Wei Shao - 2014

Wei Shao | Babson College

  • Wei Shao
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Wal-Mart enlisted Wei Shao and Yinghuang Ji to unlock energy efficiency potentials in its supplier factories in China. Over the next several years, Wal-Mart will launch an enhanced energy efficiency program, touching over 500 factories. Wei Shao and Yinghuang Ji estimate that suppliers could save over $400 million through energy efficiency efforts, and identified concrete steps for factories to begin to achieve these savings.

Shao and Ji started by visiting 11 factories, which are distributed in different product categories, in both South and North of China. Through interacting with the staff in the factories, they got to know the major energy consumption equipment, best practices in energy efficiency, the barriers and challenges during the implementation of energy efficiency projects. They interviewed 20+ energy service companies and independent experts to learn about the latest technologies and identify key opportunities for energy efficiency.

Taking into account the diversity of Wal-Mart suppliers in China, Shao and Ji synthesized five major energy efficiency levers across all categories – motor related, heat exchange related, HVAC, lighting and power systems retrofits. Next, they created financial analysis to quantify total energy saving potentials from these levers. If implemented, the energy efficiency recommendations that Shao and Ji identified could results in tens of millions of dollars of savings over the lifetime of the projects and reduce annual energy consumption by over half a billion kilowatt hours. To ensure the successful implementation of these recommendations, Shao and Ji developed a rollout plan for Wal-Mart’s enhanced energy efficiency program and created a list of energy service companies for Wal-Mart suppliers’ reference.

Fellow Profile

The reason I applied for EDF Climate Corps:
I have always been interested in human impact on the environment and how energy can be used more efficiently. I would like to have a first-hand view on how EDF and large corporations could work together to prevent climate change. With EDF Climate Corps, I will be able to work with people who share the same passion and build my network in the cleantech and energy efficiency fields.

A recent professional or volunteer experience I've enjoyed:
Last March, I volunteered in Babson’s Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program (CLTP). This was my first experience in providing developmental feedback to undergraduate students at Babson. This program gave me an opportunity to develop coaching and feedback skills. Although I was the coach, I have to say, by observing the undergrads I learned a lot from them.

One skill I hope to make use of this summer:
I hope to make use of my ability to motivate people to work together and do their best to achieve meaningful goals.

My favorite class or activity in graduate school:
My favorite class at Babson is Entrepreneurship. The class has taught me about entrepreneurial thought and actions. The main takeaway for me has been to take action, test and then iterate.

My favorite outdoor place:
I will say Tibet. This is my dream place. I want to see the reflection of crystal clear sky and Tibetan mountains on the surface of water! The people there have the brightest smiles and kind eyes. Their strength and kindness is infectious and moving. It will make you reconsider the style in which you have lived your own life and bring you a new perspective.

One thing I hope to achieve:
I hope to bring entrepreneurial thought and action to China.