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The climate strikes again. In Europe.

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CEO, Birdseye Energy Consulting GmbH

I am on a quest to bring more Energy Managers into industry. Energy Efficiency is behind on Renewable Energy and that is because it is less exciting (is it?) and labour intensive (each situation...

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It has been a time ago since the last post. I've been busy with what can very well become my first Distant Energy Management assignment. I'm now in Sicily, on Mount Etna. My client is a specialised tape factory in the Netherlands. You maybe heard about my tiny country these days, in the news about climate change.

The climate message arrived also in Central Europe: nobody would have expected there such a surprise attack from the nature. In a region that touches Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, the rainfall was so intense, that water left the normal stream beds and went into streets, resulting in nearly 200 victims and many more inflicted people. In the picture is a plant from the power producer RWE in Germany, nearby an open coal mine. They had to stop part of the production.

These three countries are still wondering how this could happen. I was born in this area (near Maastricht) and I can tell you, that was till now an area blessed by peace, order and prosperity. 

June 28, in Switzerland the hail came down in the size of tennis balls. I saw them and the damage it caused. When did that happen last time? Nobody remembers. But the insurance companies do remember it and are inclined to raise the charges.

And still these are only two episodes compared to what happens in the world. One blow after each other. The anxiety will increase: when will it hit me?

Is it so difficult to take care of a good that we share with others? My inclination to prioritise the assets that I can control myself is very strong but even if my influence on the world wide emissions is small, I have to include it under my wings. Hoping that the others will do it, too.

“Organisation” is one of the keywords in the definition of humankind. Now we will need it to put common values in the foreground again. As an Energy Manager for industry and other energy intensive sectors, I note that it is difficult to get assignments. I still think that we are part of the solution. What do you say?

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Matt Chester on Jul 19, 2021

Is it so difficult to take care of a good that we share with others? My inclination to prioritise the assets that I can control myself is very strong but even if my influence on the world wide emissions is small, I have to include it under my wings. Hoping that the others will do it, too.

I think most individuals agree and feel this way-- the problem is when collective business/economic interests come into play. All countries agree that there needs to be action, but there's disagreement on who should bear the brunt of it. All companies even likely recognize preserving our planet is critical, but board rooms ask why should it be on them to invest in it if competitors aren't spending in the same way. It can definitely be dispiriting 

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Norbert Vasen on Jul 19, 2021

You hit the point, Matt.
I here this argument since 30 years, it becomes time to flip the switch. If enough tension is built up in society, people will start to take the buckets and pick up water to bring to the fire. It is really a switch. I would like to interview the people in Germany now or the people this winter in Texas. Eventually all of us will have a relative or friend that has been hit.
And personally I would like recognition from the market for the service that I (would like to) offer. I met many colleagues in Switzerland that have similar problems to find clients. I see also the big companies of facility management that don't have an Energy Management department. If the demand were large, they would have such a department.
So Matt, it means that I am going to leave Switzerland and going back to Italy, where there are higher prices for energy!

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