Before moving to Bergen, I spent five years working for a European umbrella organisation in the area of renewable energy in Brussels (EREC – European Renewable Energy Council). My job was to manage and conduct EREC’s communication activities as well as to support EREC’s policy work.
EREC was an umbrella organisation representing the interests of the whole renewable energy sector in Europe. Our members were the European associations of the different renewable energy technologies and I learnt a lot from working with them and with private renewable energy companies. Working in Brussels, our work was very much to create a more favourable climate for renewable energy in European policy circles.
I have good writing skills and during my time at EREC, I wrote several articles which were published in magazines such as New Energy and REVOLVE, and co-authored two of EREC’s publications (RE-thinking 2050, 45% by 2030).
I gained experience working on a broad range of public events, from the UNFCCC COP conferences, to European forums (EU Sustainable Energy Week – EUSEW, Energy Europe, etc.), industry policy conferences, EU project and policy workshops, advocacy events and press conferences. I was also involved in the yearly Renewable Energy House open days as well as giving regular guided visits of the house, which was a 100% renewable energy office.
This was not the only the most friendly work environment I have ever experienced but also the most committed people that I have had the chance to work with. I maintain close contacts with friends from this time in my life and can now once more begin to work with some of them again.