NEEN’s expert list reaches 100 names!

One of NEEN’s main activities is our continually growing list of female experts within the Nordic energy sector. As of today, we can proudly announce that the expert list has reached a milestone – 100 names are now listed in the network’s collection of energy-knowledgeable women.

The expert list showcases women with experience of great width and depth in connection to energy issues. As such, the list works to promote diversity and equality for an inclusive sustainable energy transition. Some of the latest additions to the list include Maj Dang Trong, Lorea Coronado-Garcia, Julia Hansson, and Anna Volkova.

This is still a small portion of all the female competence and skills within energy related areas. NEEN will continue the ambitions of boosting girls and women with a professional interest in energy!

Check out all of the names on the expert list!

Video: Wind power in the Nordics

Nordic Energy Research, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The eighth video is about Wind power solutions onshore and offshore, as well as floating solutions.

“It’s very important to take nature and stakeholders into consideration from an early stage, to create a better understanding and to get people on board and actually help us with making this transition possible,” says Marte Rusten, Principal Consultant at DNV, and Sonja Berlijn, Head of KTH Royal institute of technology, who are featured on NEEN’s list of female energy experts.

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Video: Renewable energy and public participation in the Nordics

Nordic Energy Research, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The seventh video deals with Renewable energy and public participation in the Nordics. It features the one of the profiles on NEEN’s list of female energy experts – Sonja Berlijn – as well as Malene Lundén from Sams Elsa Berg, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO of ON Power, Tanja Winther, Professor at the University of Oslo, and Christina Bu, Secretary General at Norwegian EV Association.

“The language of sustainability and communication and participation is actually the key to connect us,” says Malene.

“People have forgotten all the technology behind [electricity] and forgotten how important it is. But if you can participate actively and you see OK, if I charge my phone I need the wind turbine at least to move a little bit, I think it will create more awarenessof where it comes from and more understanding. And also, I think it makes people willing to actively then contribute and also to be more aware of energy savings, at least I hope so,” says Sonja.

“Climate policy has come quite far in terms of really taking in that we need to do something, we need to be very careful. What about learning from that and also make policies for nature? where we get some help at the moment is actually the social movement. It’s telling policy makers that we need to have people on board here to make changes. And for us, that is a way into examining what are the questions here on equality. Whose interests are really here represented and whose are ignored?” says Tanja.

“I’m so lucky actually to be a part of this time, to really try to do my best to speed up this transition. It’s really meaningful for me to be a part of the climate movement, to make change happen,” says Elsa.

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Video: Off grid and decentralized energy systems in the Nordics

Nordic Energy Research, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

Video number six deals with the potential of decentralized and isolated energy systems and features the female energy experts Martina Wettin, Co-founder/Board Member of Nilsson Energy, Tanja Winther, Professor at University of Oslo, Anna Werner, CEO of Swedish Solar Energy, and Helma Maria Trondheim, PhD and Electrical Engineer at Elfelagið SEV

“I don’t believe that hydrogen is the future, I believe it’s the present,” says Martina.

“What questions do we need to ask? Maybe equality and inclusion should be part of that first question. And then, how can we make technology and markets work for that purpose? That would be ideal,” says Tanja.

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Video: Green transport in the Nordics

Nordic Energy Research, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The fifth video centres around Green transport in the Nordics and features the female energy experts Christina Bu, Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, Johanna Sippo, Agnes Árnadottír, and Hege Økland.

“We always have to keep in mind that the solution is not just stop driving fossil fuel cars and start driving EVs, there are other things that need to change,” says Berglind.

“The main challenge is that fossil fuel is so much cheaper than green alternatives. So it’s hard to be competitive with today’s regime so we need to have new mechanisms which enhance the competitiveness of greener fuels,” says Hege.

“I don’t believe we can wait around until we have 100% renewable electricity production in the world before we start the transition to vehicles that can run on that renewable fuel. We have to do both things as fast as we can,” says Christina.

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Mind the gap – Gender Equality, Female entrepreneurship, and the Green Transition

On the Water & Gender Day of COP27, 14 November, Nordic Energy Research (funder of Nordic Energy Equality Network) organized the event Mind the gap – Gender Equality, Female entrepreneurship, and the Green Transition. Around 30 people participated in the event, where Astrid Bratli, Adviser at Nordic Energy Research as well as Pilot of Nordic Energy Equality Network, gave a short presentation on NEEN and the report Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector.

“I appreciate the overwhelmingly positive feedback and interest in the report, as well as the fantastic turnout at a gender event at the Nordic pavilion. There were so many people at the pavilion, that the people on stage could hardly fit themselves. There is clearly a great interest in this topic, with a lot of people who find this important, that I actually believe that we can bring about a change faster than we had imagined a couple of years ago,” says Astrid.

Astrid Bratli holding the report Gender equality in the Nordic energy sector.

At the event, the Icelandic Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, gave an opening speech.

Marton Leander Vølstad, Adviser at Nordic Energy Research, moderated the discussions, as speakers Heidi Solba, President and Head of Global Network at Let’s Do It World, Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter, Selma Skov Høye, Sustainability Director at Aker Horizons, Marte Rusten, Principal Consultant, Environmental risk and preparedness at DNV, and Malang Sambou Manneh from Mbolo Association, Gambia, shared their experiences and perspectives on the benefits of empowering women.

Can we reach the SDGs without equality in the climate and energy sector?

The speakers were asked whether or not we can reach the Sustainable Development Goals without equality in the climate and energy sector. The response to this question was a resounding “no”.

“The equality is very much part of the SDGs. And I think, as we’ve been discussing, that it’s important to have all good ideas on board to solve the energy transition challenges,” says Marte Rusten.

“We couldn’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without gender equality and not only because gender equality is a part of the SDGs, but also because having everyone involved and creating equal opportunities is a central part of everything else – sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production – it goes into a lot of these aspects, not only when it comes to tackling climate change,” says Selma Skov Høye.

Read more about the event here.

Access a recording of the event (starting from 06:31:10) here

NEEN at COP27

Nordic Energy Reserach, funder of NEEN, is organizing the event Mind the gap – Gender Equality, Female entrepreneurship, and the Green Transition at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Astrid Bratli, Adviser at Nordic Energy Research and Pilot of Nordic Energy Equality Network, will present NEEN at the event, and discuss equality, entrepreneurship and inclusion in climate actions with other speakers.

Time and place

The event takes place on 14 November, the Water & Gender Day of COP27, at 15.0016.00 (CET).

The event is hosted at the Nordic Pavillion (Area C, P90) as well as livestreamed. Access the livestream here.

Speakers

  • Astrid Bratli, Adviser at Nordic Energy Research and Pilot of Nordic Energy Equality Network
  • Selma Skov Høye, Sustainability Director at Aker Horizon 
  • Heidi Solba, President and Head of Global Network, Let’s Do It World 
  • Anna-Greta Tsahkna, CEO of Timbeter
  • Marte Rusten, Principal Consultant, Environmental risk and preparedness at DNV
  • Rachel Asante-Owusu (TBC), Programme Officer, Global Business and Biodiversity Programme. International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Marton Leander Vølstad, Adviser at Nordic Energy Research (Moderator)

Event description

Can we reach the Sustainable Development Goals without equality in the climate and energy sector?

The Nordic countries are often ranked as among the most gender-equal in the world. However, gaps remain. Join the discussions on the just transition across generations and countries! Is a just transition possible when everyone is not included?

Video: Financing of the Green Transition in a Nordic and global perspective

Nordic Energy Reserach, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The fourth video centres around Financing of the Green Transition in a Nordic and global perspective and features one of the profiles on NEEN’s list of female energy experts – Helena Sarén – as well as Annemarie Munk Riis, Tone Lunde Bakker, Anna Werner, and Tuuli Hietaniemi.

“The energy sector is an enabler to decarbonize the whole society,” says Helena.

“We have solutions available and there are a lot of cities and municipalities that have already applied these solutions, so we can learn from each other. We don’t have to start from zero or from scratch – there are a lot of people who are already knowledgeable of these solutions,” says Tuuli.

“This is less of a competition and more of a cooperation kind of thing – not only in the Nordics but further as well. I think everyone is feeling it and everyone wants to contribute,” says Tone.

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Video: District heating and cooling in the Nordics

Nordic Energy Research, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The third video centres around District heating and cooling in the Nordics and features the female energy expert Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO at ON Power.

”We have created the ON Power geothermal park next to our power plant in Hellesheidi that is suitable for different types of production processes,” says Berglind.

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Video: Carbon Capture and Storage in a Nordic context

Nordic Energy Reserach, who funds NEEN, has travelled through the Nordics to talk to thought leaders and to explore Nordic examples of renewable energy source co-operation. Together with Thought Leader Global, Nordic Energy Research has produced eight corporate films that each focus on a specific issue.

The second video centres around Carbon Capture and Storage in a Nordic context and features one of the profiles on NEEN’s list of female energy experts – Ingvild Ombudstvedt – as well as Edda Aradottir, CEO at CarbFix, and Berglind Ran Olafsdottir, CEO at ON Power.

”The entire CCS community have a bunch of pioneers involved that believe in the cause and they believe they really do this not because they want to make a billion bucks, they do this because they believe it’s important to save the globe,” says Ingvild.

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