Meet the Energy Leader: Olaf Sleijpen

04 June 2020 16:00 till 17:00 - Location: TU Delft; X - Theater Hall; Mekelweg 10 - By: Eveline Zeegers

Providing clean, reliable and affordable energy to 9 billion people by 2050 is one of today's biggest challenges. Some solutions are already in use today, but many will come from the next generation of entrepreneurs, policy makers, engineers and scientists. What can we do in order to rise to this grand challenge, who are the trendsetters in this transition and who is starting this movement? 'Meet the Energy Leaders' is a series of lectures, hosted by the Delft Energy Initiative. It features global leaders in the transition to a sustainable energy system.

“From oil shale to smart energy”

 By Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Webinar: 4 June 2020 - 4-5pm CET
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Estonia was one of the largest CO2 emitters per capita in the European Union due to use of oil shale. According to President Kaljulaid, oil shale era is over and it is high time to look for new and smart solutions. Estonia’s current long-term goal is to reduce green-house gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 (70% by 2030) compared to the 1990 levels. To reach these targets Estonia needs to restructure energy sector towards renewable energy sources. As of today, we are at the 50% level, but a lot remains to be done. Estonia has good experience in reorganising its economy (transformation to capitalism or to IT-solutions). This gives a good starting-point to move forward and promote future-oriented solutions more vigorously. Furthermore, new digital and smart solutions are being developed and applied at a very fast rate. What would the future look like for Estonia who could become an energy champion itself? Can a country do a total green U-turn? The national efforts are viewed as one nation’s contribution in the framework of the European Green Deal.


Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

President Kaljulaid is a supporter of a nonrestrictive legal space for the ongoing digitalization of economies and governments. She is an active promoter of sustainability and halting climate change. She advocates for publicly speaking up against violence and for giving a voice to those affected by it.

In 2016 Kersti Kaljulaid was elected President of the Republic of Estonia.

Previously she served from 2004 to 2016 as a Member of the European Court of Auditors. Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia and prior to that Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor.

Kersti Kaljulaid has graduated from the University of Tartu in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and she has a master`s in Economics and Business Administration.

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