Bjørn Kj. Haugland was also chairing the Clean Energy Committee for ONS 2016 and with one event under his belt he is ready to scale up towards ONS 2018.
“The transition to a greener and cleaner energy future offers, in my opinion, great opportunities for both business and the society. A rapid transition to a cleaner energy system is essential to fight climate change. My goal for the Clean Energy Programme at ONS is therefore to present broad perspectives of the future we want, state of the art science and specific technology and solutions that can both inform and inspire the audience to drive the energy transition fast forward,” Haugland says.
Broader and forward – looking focus for ONS 2018
In line with the main theme for ONS 2018, INNOVATE, the committee is now strengthened with an even broader variety of members. Examples of new members are:
Silvija Seres, academic techie with a past in corporate leadership and a present in entrepreneurial investment.
Tor W. Andreassen from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) is Professor of Innovation and the Director of Center for Service Innovation.
Frode Hvattum is the Chief of Strategy at Ruter, the public transport authority for Oslo and Akershus counties.
Innovation mindset in programme preparations
Bjørn Kj. Haugland is certain the main theme INNOVATE will make an impact on ONS 2018:
“Innovate is a powerful theme that will colour the culture of those who will lead societies and companies through the energy transition. We will witness rapid technology development on supply, distribution and the demand of energy. System and consumers are getting smarter and this will require innovation in business models, new solutions and the way we collaborate. We are also taking the innovation mindset into our preparations in order to make ONS 2018 the most relevant ONS ever.”
Essential for ONS to cover Clean Energy
In your opinion, why is it important with a strong focus on clean energy and renewable energy at a meeting place like ONS?
“There is today a global drive towards a clean and renewable energy future. The sector is growing rapidly and we see daily new innovative solutions, buildings, roads and other infrastructure are getting smarter, and becoming producers in more and more distributed energy systems. Traditional energy consumers are becoming prosumers and companies like Google and Apple are driving rapid innovation into the energy sector.”
“It will, in such a landscape of rapid changes, be crucial for ONS to cover a broad spectrum of elements that will influence the future of energy. The traditional oil and gas sector has insights, technology and solutions that will be essential to scale up new clean solutions. For ONS 2018 it will be important to articulate a common energy vision and create a collaborative platform for all the different partners and technologies that will be in play going forward,” Haugland concludes.
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