Disruptive Talk on Energy

Março, 2019

Disruptive Talk on Energy - breakfast at Palácio SottoMayor by PwC & Dutch Portuguese Chamber of Commerce 

Yesterday we had a pleasant and productive breakfast meeting, consisting of a selected group of members and people in our network with an interest in Energy. Next to representatives of the corporate world (both multionationals and startups), we also could count on political and public sector influencers. We kindly thank PwC for hosting the breakfast in the beautiful Palácio SottoMayor. We were honoured that Ambassador Nienke Trooster decided to join the discussion, which - as aimed for - discussed many aspects of disruption and forms of use, distribution, storage and commercialization of energy.

Whereas for households it is important to save and to switch to renewable energy, the industry is actively seeking for ways to reduce its CO2 footprint and costs. Start-ups in the sector try to provide for solutions and it was felt by all attendees that it is important to ensure awareness and support among the general public to ensure that future climate goals can be reached. Renewable forms of energy and more powerful batteries make it possible for people to reduce their energy bill, which is important especially in Western countries where the use of energy is much more intense than in many other countries in the world. E.g. Indian households spent on average a number of kWh that is comparable to 2-weeks energy usage by a household in Portugal. Time was short and much left for future discussions, but it was interesting to see the exchange of knowledge and contacts. We hope this may contribute to further future collaboration between those who were present. Thanks also to our member Pieter Ijzerman, who provided for an inspiring moderation session. 

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This year we introduced so called "disruptive" talks on relevant themes for our members. 

  • Disruptive because there are no limits and people are stimulated to think outside the box.
  • Talks take place during breakfast
  • The event is organized in co-creation with our members and we choose themes and invitees that are of interest
  • PwC is hosting the breakfasts in the beautiful Palácio Sottomayor
  • We invite a limited number of relevant people within our network

More background information regarding the discussion can be found here.