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An Interview with Jan Rosenow

by | Nov 2, 2021 | Interviews,

Jan Rosenow

Jan Rosenow

Key Topics:Energy Policy; Heating; Energy Efficiency; Electrification; Hydrogen; Renewable Energy
Location:Oxford, UK

Dr. Jan Rosenow is a Principal and Director of European Programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a global team of highly-skilled energy experts. Jan has several board appointments including the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Coalition for Energy Savings. Jan also has a passion for energy research. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute. Jan currently also serves as Special Advisor to the House of Commons as part of their inquiry into decarbonizing heating.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

I was always passionate about the environment and reducing humanity’s impact on it. This got me into studying environmental science, economics, and policy after which I worked in environmental consulting. After a few years in consultancy, I decided to do a Ph.D. at Oxford to become an expert in energy efficiency and energy policy. This led me to become an advisor to the International Energy Agency, the European Commission, national governments, and industry. Eventually, I transitioned into the non-profit sector and was asked to lead RAP’s Europe team.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

I’m deeply passionate about reducing the amount of energy we use and replacing fossil fuels with clean energy from renewables. Ultimately this will result in a sustainable and more affordable energy system for everyone. But this also needs to be fair. As we transition away from a carbon-intensive economy to a more sustainable society it will be important that everyone can see real benefits from this.

Who influences you within these topics?

There are so many but to name a few: Emma Pinchbeck, Tim Lord and Clem Cowton on UK energy policy, Louise Sunderland on equity, Paul Martin and Michael Liebreich on hydrogen, and Bram Claeys on European power market issues.

What challenges are brands facing in this space?

The energy world is changing fast. Fossil fuels are under pressure and clean energy solutions have tremendous potential. But it is not always clear which pathway to take and for companies operating in this space, it will be important to be part of the solution rather than the problem.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

We have witnessed clean energy technologies innovate rapidly in a number of areas such as solar, wind, and battery technologies. This will continue and spread to other sectors with lots of more innovation to come. It will eventually have to lead to an energy system that results in zero emissions, is a lot smarter, and much more integrated.

What brands are leading the way in this space?

I do not want to name specific companies but the innovators develop clean energy solutions that are smarter, more affordable, and deliver a better customer experience.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Podcasts, speaking opportunities, webinars.

What are your passions outside of work?

I appreciate fine wine, love to cook, music, arthouse films, and hiking.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?


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