Director Nial Greeves believes it’s an exciting time for generation Z to join the energy industry.
It maybe a bit of cheat to have two, but they are connected!
I think Gen Z, the generation currently entering the workforce, are starting work at really exciting time for a career in the energy industry. Over the last few years our purpose has become clear – we need to use the skills of our engineers and scientists to deliver net zero carbon by 2050. Recent global events have added complexity in terms of energy security and the cost of living. This creates a challenge that motivates me to come to work – it’s technical, it’s complex and it’s meeting society’s needs. Simply put, we need a cost effective, secure, low carbon energy system and we can all contribute to achieving this.
Meeting this goal will require action to maintain the safety and improve the resilience and efficiency of existing assets, while we develop and deploy low carbon technologies. Looking across the energy sector, innovation is everywhere, with advanced nuclear technologies and fusion reactors gaining momentum, developments in wind technology and energy storage, hydrogen showing the potential to be a key energy vector for the future, and newer concepts such as space based solar power gaining increased interest.
Add to this the opportunity that digitalisation and data offers to support all aspects of the industry, it feels like the perfect time to start a career in energy – in some ways I’m a little envious!