EU Trends

Episode Summary

Thorsten Heller, CEO of Greenbird discusses the hottest trends in the energy sector with Claire Volkwyn, Editor at Smart Energy International during European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe.

Four years ago, the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement was reached. Fifty-five countries agreed to “combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.”

Change is hard, and of course, the agreement has had its own recent challenges, but it was interesting to see how these values were very much in focus at European Utility Week in Paris. In the opening keynote presentations, many of the speakers addressed the urgency for the Energy Transition, reflecting the industry’s awareness that change is not only here, it needs to accelerate.

Today, there are numerous challenges for the sector. In the keynote panel discussion, participants identified many, including infrastructure issues, growing complexity, affordability, cooperation from players within the industry and the increasing volumes of data utilities and their employees are now managing

The city of Paris was a pioneer both of street lighting and new ideas; hence its nickname ‘The City of Light’. As the world’s energy community gathered in the city, will their discussions lead to the innovative ideas that will keep all our cities well lit and powered in a sustainable way for generations to come?

So, let’s shed some light on the key themes under discussion at EUW 19/ Enlit at the Greenbird stand.

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Guest Speaker

Claire Volkwijn Editor - Smart Energy International

Experienced content director with a demonstrated history of working in the events services industry. Skilled in negotiation, budgeting, business planning, smart grid, and event management. Has specialist skills in writing about smart energy and smart metering sectors globally. Strong business development professional with a proven track record of developing and maintaining customer relationships.

Specialist short course focused in Economics of Cyber Security from Delft University of Technology and currently working on a degree course in Information Security through the Cybersecurity Institute of South Africa.

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