Trust and cooperation as building blocks of the energy transition

Trust and cooperation are the real success factors of the energy transition – and perhaps even more decisive than technology or money. So argues Marco Bosman, Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs Netherlands at Vattenfall.

The energy transition – the necessary transition from fossil energy to energy from fossil-free sources – has been in the making for some time, but it faces increasing pressure. The causes for this include the current political landscape, scarcity in the energy infrastructure, rising costs and the urgency for action, which means that climate measures must be implemented faster. Because of the latter, public support may also come under greater pressure as the public and businesses feel overwhelmed.

Discussions on how best to approach the energy transition are taking place in an increasingly broad social context. This discussion is a valuable element of the transition: it will not happen by itself, which is why different approaches and perspectives are important. Broad involvement of consumers, businesses, governments and civil society organizations is necessary.

Curious to read the entire essay?

Bosman describes what issues contribute to the success of the energy transition in an essay in Management Scope. Read the full essay here, or pick up your own copy of the magazine at Vattenfall (hall 1, booth 4.025) at the World Energy Congress April 22-25.

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