The Beam Interviewees
The world needs more superheroes fighting climate change
Programme Officer of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the International Organization for Migration
“Disaster and climate change will not automatically lead to a surge of environmental migrants. By reducing exposure to risks and by building resilience, and putting preventive measures in place, it is possible to reduce the number of people affected and those who will be forced to move due to environmental factors.” Read more.
Co-Founder of Zipcar
“Our actions (or inactions) over the next few years will determine the fate of humanity. Each of us need to look at what we personally can offer up to the transition to a new sustainable economy.” Read more.
CEO of Rensource
“WE Nigerians are affecting our environment directly. All you have to do is look up to the sky and see the dense smog that hovers over Lagos on most days.” — Read more
Founder of Greenwave
“My culture and livelihood has always been tied to the sea.” — Read more.
CEO and founder of Next Kraftwerke
“From our point of view, a democratised energy world is an energy world in which more and more players can participate.”- Read more
Head of Environmental Protection and Permitting for 50Hertz
“Let’s at the same time intensively debate about tomorrow and be ambitious in moving ahead every day!” — Read more
Global Product Group Manager for ABB’s Microgrids and Distributed Generation product group
“In an emerging market with growing population and electricity demand, microgrids provide reliable power supply, starting from small energy systems and finally supporting the bulk of the electric system.” — Read more
“We wanted to make solar energy tangible, something you have in your hands. When they grab the lamp, I want people to think ‘I have the power, I am the power’, because what you do with the Little Sun Solar Lamp is you harvest the energy from the sun!” — Read more.
“As a company contributing to the web, we wanted to analyse our impact on the environment. We believe a careful use of captors, the web and machine learning can reduce our impact on the planet to reach sustainability for future generations.” — Read more.
Alessandra Potenza and Claire Stam
Journalists specialised on Energy, Cleantech and Environment
“I would love to see a European media dedicated to the energy transition on our continent, in different languages because of the language barrier.” — Read more.
“The Paris Agreement isn’t strong enough, and people are already pulling out of that. I’m hoping people will realise that it is more of a political and sociological problem than an energy one.” — Read more.
“To imagine a society after oil means first understanding what oil is to us — how it shapes current desire, identity, and practice, comfort and pain, consumption and penury.” — Read more.
“One of the most important aspects of renewable energy is that the resource can be shared; and that the use of one community does not generally impact others ability to use the same resource.” — Read more.
“In sub-saharan Africa, the projects which have the biggest impact, those that are really changing the everyday lives of people, are those undertaken by entrepreneurs and startups who really understand the most pressing needs and challenges of their communities.” — Read more.
Director of Climate, Energy and Cities at the World Future Council
World Future Council
“Setting an ambitious, long-term renewable energy target shows political commitment, and can provide both stakeholders and the population a clearer view of the long-term vision for the region, and a better understanding of how they fit within it.” — Read more.
First Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council
“As a society we face a myriad of challenges, both political and environmental, but the climate issue is the most obviously existential one, i.e., if we don’t sort that out then human civilisation will be severely threatened in my children’s lifetime. It’s certainly not the only threat, but in my opinion it is the largest and most dangerous one.” — Read more.
“Climate change makes it not just important but essential that we get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of this century. We simply cannot keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and expect life to continue as normal.” — Read more.
Deputy Director — Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
“Renewable energy provides opportunities to improve gender equity. First, the use of renewable energy technology can reduce the long hours spent on collecting fuelwood. This gives women the time to pursue education and employment opportunities.” — Read more.
Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability at the Hertie School of Governance
“ Market regulation is necessary to get a more sustainable market, a more sustainable future. We need a new and better system to act in a more sustainable way. We need to move the market towards renewable energy — sustainable mobility and also energy saving.” — Read more.
Interviews by Anne-Sophie Garrigou