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29.10.19

[Replay] The energy transition, the future is now by Gabrielle Walker

During Trend Session 8 on September 30th, strategy expert, speaker and moderator Gabrielle Walker – both inspiring and experienced – approached the subject of the energy transition. Using specific examples, she pointed to the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for specific and immediate actions by everyone concerned (public, governments, politicians, etc.) worldwide. She also spoke about a great many solutions that are already out there and of the enormous potential offered by solutions still to be developed.

The “Best of” Gabrielle Walker:

  • “There are solutions [to tackle energy transition] and we have to be ready for them because the alternative is too bleak to imagine. There is potential to use hydrogen in very difficult areas, like steel, cement and chemicals that we haven’t really been thinking about. Therefore, hydrogen is making a very big comeback.
  • “The only thing we care about is electric”: EVs will become competitive even without subsidies around the world within the next four to five years. It is thought that 55% of all new car sales and 33% of the global fleet will be electric by 2050. Storage potential of charged vehicles to balance electric transmission grids.
  • Gabrielle quoting Greta Thunberg: "We are going to have to pull your CO2 out of the atmosphere. My generation is going to have to clean up your mess. And we know. We see you. We know that."

The closing words:

"Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise." I believe in business. I believe that business is going to be the way for us to get ourselves out of this. But we have to get really serious right now.”

Where does Hager fit into all this?

A round table took place after the conference to understand what role Hager can play and what projects are already under way in this area. Gabrielle Walker exchanged ideas for 30 minutes with experts from Hager (Jean Lasserre, Vice President Corporate Strategy at Hager Group and his teams) and the audience. Renewables, lower energy demand, solar panels, commercial possibilities, energy storage and electric mobility were just some of the subjects discussed.

What the participants said:

  • “Well done! The theme of the talk is really the hot topic for our generation”
  • “Thank you for bringing in such an outstanding speaker and for preparing such an interesting discussion/event”

For a clearer idea of what energy transition is about: 

  • (Re)watch Gabrielle Walker at Trend Session #8.
  • Check out her profile: Gabrielle Walker helps businesses to address global challenges—with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change. She has written four books exploring the relationship between humans and the planet we call home.
  • (Re)read the  Hager Group Annual Report on energy transition.
  • Read up on the subject with the article from McKinsey on the global energy perspective 2019.

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I believe in business. I believe that business is going to be the way for us to get ourselves out of this. But we have to get really serious right now.

Gabrielle Walker

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