1. On a scale of 1 to 5, how sustainable are you daily?
4 – I do the basics like recycle, try and remember to switch things off, carry reusable shopping bags and try to lift share where possible but I am also conscious that I probably do not lead the most sustainable lifestyle.
2. Give an example of the one thing you do to be sustainable
Probably as much affected by COVID as sustainability but I walked more which I have tried to keep up and also trying to be more organised with food shopping/buying. The limitations in COVID meant I got into the habit of being more organised and I think created less food waste.
3. Who is your sustainable ‘inspiration’?
Probably my Dad – he is verging on obsessive about recycling which can be irritating but is the right thing to do! He is good of thinking of ways to be creative and reuse/repurpose things.
4. What does the world need to become more sustainable right now?
I think we have started to get used to paper straws, but more often than not they come with a plastic cup!
5. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?
Perhaps something to do with my generation but I definitely viewed things as disposable, and I should have listened to my parents and been more conscious of energy use and wastage (I am sure I could apply that advice to a number of areas they tried to guide me on!).
6. Could you live ‘off grid’ for a whole year?
7. What three sustainable items would you want on a desert island?
Reusable water bottle, biodegradable toothbrush and a sustainable soap bar!
8. If you could rid the world of one thing that is environmentally detrimental, what would it be?
Wrapping paper that cannot be recycled. I try and wrap gifts in recyclable paper and use paper ribbon etc.
9. What one step could each of us make right now to be more sustainable?
Switching things off – I am trying to get into the habit of switching things off at night that I won’t need until the next day, especially if I am going away for a night.
Thinking holistically about hydrogen’s place in the energy transition
As energy operators across the world come to terms with the continuously changing nature of the energy transition, the need for a wide-lens view of the situation is clear. This includes knowing the capabilities and pitfalls of renewable energy sources at our fingertips, hydrogen being one that is especially prevalent. Kees van Wingerden, an expert with more than 45 years’ experience in industrial safety and infrastructure development, makes the case for holistic thinking and planning for the ‘new’ energy landscape.