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A systems approach to the energy transition

image credit: This week, DNV’s CEO of Energy Systems Ditlev Engel joins Watt Matters to talk about energy systems thinking and why a holistic approach is needed to make the energy transition happen.
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From FORESIGHT Climate & Energy, Watt Matters is a podcast all about the energy transition and the shift to a decarbonised economy.

The complex nature of our energy systems requires all sectors and actors to stop thinking in silos and develop a “whole system” approach to make the energy transition happen.

This week, we dive deep into how more governments are putting forward system-wide approaches in energy policymaking and whether policy and regulation are keeping up with the fast-paced developments in technologies that can help us build a more integrated energy system.

The team is joined by Ditlev Engel, CEO of Energy Systems at DNV, to discuss how to apply systems thinking to the energy transition. Engel was also Denmark’s Special Envoy for Climate and Energy in the lead up to UN Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York.

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Matt Chester on May 20, 2022

Breaking down siloes is critical-- within individual energy players and across entire countries. We sometimes get too focused on single solutions or pathways, but this brings up the great point of the need for that systems approach. 

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