According to Ingmar Rentzhog, Swedish founder of We Don’t Have Time and climate profile, we need plenty of strong measures to reach the climate goals.
– We need a whole bunch of different measures to reach the goals, but the energy transition is of course a very important key. In Sweden, energy use is expected to double by 2045 which means it’s vital to make sure that all the energy we use is clean. The energy transition will also create plenty of new jobs. Just look at Norrbotten and Västerbotten, two regions that have been struggling with depopulation and closures for a long time. 100 000 new jobs are currently being created thanks to the transition from fossil to clean energy, says Ingmar.
He also emphasizes that even those who don’t have in-depth knowledge in the energy business should cast their vote in the competition. Why? To learn more!
– There is so much going on in green tech and energy tech and Swedish companies are at the forefront. This is where it is happening right now, and investors are flocking to sustainable innovations. The companies are quick to act, often a lot quicker than the politicians. By casting your vote, you will get a crash course in Swedish energy innovations. Additionally, you yourself get to influence and drive the transition.
As an example of contemporary energy innovations, Ingmar mentions the company TwinWind that has developed offshore twin turbines as a company that’s worth keeping an eye on.
– It is an innovation that reduces installation costs as well as the impact on the surrounding landscape, while simultaneously drastically increasing energy production. I am also becoming more and more curious about innovations that help us save energy. It is always good to be able to save in times of crises.
In international media, Ingmar is known as both “eco warrior” and “Mark ZuckerVert” (vert=green in French). He sees his celebrity status as a double-edged sword when it comes to the green transition:
– Sometimes it feels as if the famous face obscures the view of everything that is happening behind the scenes. But at the same time, I realise that well-known faces draw attention which is obviously a good thing. So yes, the more well-known people that highlight the green transition the better.