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26 September 2011

Interview with John Kjorstad, Editor, Infrastructure Journal

 What are the big issues for the future of energy at the moment?
The biggest issues facing global energy development at the moment are sustainability, security of supply, and reducing CO2 emissions. In many countries, the general public dialogue is headed in that direction, but it still has a long way to go before we see a real impact. In the meantime, coal and gas-fired capacity will continue to be developed at a greater pace than renewable alternatives. Nuclear power may provide an alternative to hydrocarbon-based generation, but it comes with its own unique problems and cannot be considered sustainable. Energy infrastructure is built to last 40-50 years. Therefore, projects being developed now should still be operating in 2050. Government’s around the world need to consider this and coordinate their policies accordingly.
How do you think we can make a difference?
We can make a difference by pushing the urgency of this issue to the forefront of government agendas. The private sector is eager to work with the public sector to achieve its stated aims, but those aims need to be clearly defined and structured in a way that is financially feasible for all stakeholders (including rate payers).
Why are you attending the EFEF?
I’m attending the European Future Energy Forum to advance the public dialogue on energy infrastructure and push for a cleaner, more sustainable energy mix for the next 50 years.
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