|Date:||10 October 2017|
|Time:||11.50 – 13.30 hours|
|Place:||NHTV, Mgr. Hopmansstraat 1, Breda|
|By:||Mr. Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO EBN (Energie Beheer Nederland)|
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Mr Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO EBN
Mr Jan Willem van Hoogstraten has been appointed by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs as CEO of EBN in 2016. He studied Mining engineering and Petroleum Extraction at TU Delft. Afterwards he worked in the energy sector for several oil- and gas companies. Before he took on his current position, he successively worked as project director at Gas Storage Bergermeer and as managing director at TAQA in the Netherlands. He was also president of NOGEPA, the Dutch umbrella organisation for oil- and gas producers.
Theme: The future of sustainable energy provision
Tuesday, 10th October is Sustainability Day in the Netherlands. Companies, municipalities, associations and institutions (such as ours) all across the country will organise activities that draw attention to the need for reflecting upon the responsibilities we have towards our common future and for generations to come. Sustainability thinking applies to a vast array of issues such as climate change, the environment, our natural resources, pollution and waste, the impacts of economic growth on societal and planetary well-being, culture, business impacts on society and environment, and many more. Central to these issues is the question of how we should go around with reducing our environmental footprint, without losing out on providing cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy to all people. The increase of living standards all over the globe and the current concerns about the impact of climate change on the planet make the search for an answer to this question more urgent than ever before. How can affordable and sustainable energy provision be secured in the future? Which actions should be taken on political, societal, business and scientific levels and which technologies could be implemented in order to secure sustainable energy in future? These questions will be addressed by Mr Jan Willem van Hoogstraten, CEO of Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN).
EBN’s vision is to invest ‘in the exploration, extraction and storage of gas and oil on behalf of the Dutch State. EBN serves a public interest: contributing to an independent, reliable power supply in the Netherlands. In EBN’s vision, natural gas can play an important role during the energy transition on the way to a sustainable and CO2 neutral energy future. Gas forms a continuous source of energy and income for the Netherlands and is essential for a sustainable energy supply in the Netherlands. It is our goal to be able to realize value from energy sources in a safe, sustainable and economically responsible manner’. At the end of 2016 the institute published a ‘Masterplan Decommisioning and Re-use’, which communicates how the offshore Dutch oil- and gas extraction could be dismantled and possibly recycled/re-used. A safe and responsible dismantlement offers major opportunities for investing in renewable energy, which in turn, serves the need for a more sustainable economy. In conclusion, EBN is an organization which does not focus only on their core business (efficient and responsible exploration, development and extraction of natural resources in the Netherlands), but also holds values such as sustainability, honesty, transparency, cooperation and innovation in high regard within the organization itself.
Mr Van Hoogstraten’s speech promises to be very interesting. It is a theme that touches the lives of everyone of us. So don’t miss out!