Navigating the Energy Transition: A Holistic Approach to a Sustainable Future06.12.2023
In an era marked by pressing climate concerns and a growing call for change, the energy sector is at a transformation crossroads. The imperative requirement to meet climate goals while fulfilling worldwide energy needs urged the shift towards a more diverse, reliable, and environmentally friendly energy system. This transition, often termed the “new energy paradigm,” emphasizes the importance of not only embracing change, but also addressing energy needs in a balanced and holistic manner.
At the heart of this new energy paradigm lies the “humanizing energy” concept. Delivering accessible, affordable, and clean energy is not just a technical challenge, but a moral duty to humanity and the planet. With this at heart, the ongoing energy transition demands engagement on multiple and diversified fronts.
Diversifying the energy sector involves strategic integration, a holistic approach during the whole life cycle. A complete and diverse energy mosaic not only ensures a stable and resilient energy supply but also minimizes the environmental impact of the energy sector. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no perfect solution or a one-size-fits-all approach: striking a harmonious balance between the energy trilemma pillars – security, equity, and sustainability – is a continuous and evolving challenge, as is making the energy transition benefits accessible to all, without compromising energy security or the environment.
In this crossroad, the energy sector professionals must, themselves, adapt to the constant challenges to close the gap, embracing upskilling and reskilling to navigate a swiftly evolving sector. In this regard, companies play a pivotal role by reevaluating their policies to attract, retain, and develop a diverse talent pool. The energy sector’s workforce, once dominated by traditional roles, is now welcoming individuals with transversal skills from different backgrounds and experiences. Moreover, fostering diversity and inclusivity within the energy sector cannot be overstated, being gender just one of the obvious indicators that need improvement.
The road ahead is paved with challenges, but also brightened by the will to change tomorrow. The 26th World Energy Congress in Rotterdam, from 22-25 April 2024, drives stakeholders to collaborate, innovate, and strategize collectively for immediate action. After all, the energy transition is more than a technological revolution, it is a journey towards a brighter, equitable, and secure energy future – a journey where human values guide the way.
Ana Rita Gomes
Global Future Energy Leader at World Energy Council, Board at Future Energy Leaders Portugal
Co-founder at Mulheres na Energia Portugal