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EUROPEAN FUTURE ENERGY FORUM
21 September 2011

Interview with David Hart, Director, E4tech

 What are the big issues for the Future of Energy at the moment?

The pace of change in energy technologies, markets and support mechanisms is extremely rapid, so making robust decisions about what to build and where to invest is very hard. Couple this with very uncertain macro-economic trends and the understandable instinct in many companies and markets is to retrench - to do what they know best, not necessarily to take the steps forward that we need.

How do you think we can make a difference?
Asking the right questions and doing the right analysis is a good start! Also clear, well-explained policy making coupled with a longer-term perspective on investment and returns can be a big help. More philosophically, we have to convince both people and organisations to face up to the fact that although change is hard, the consequences of not changing will have a much more painful impact in the long run - and almost certainly in the short run too.

Why are you attending EFEF?
The mix of thought leaders from industry, research and policy - encompassing a wide range of future energy technologies - means that we have the opportunity to discuss the key issues facing us from all of the right perspectives, find some ways to address those issues, and make the essential human connections to help implement them.


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