Leading a purpose-driven energy transformation by Ronit Deggelmann

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Driving Purposeful Energy Transformation: A Guide to Define Purpose, Actions, and Impact

In today's rapidly changing environmental landscape, understanding your role and embracing personal actions have never been so critical. This article outlines steps to define your purpose, actions, and impact regarding energy transformation, aiding you in becoming an active participant in combating climate change.

Purpose-driven Transformation in the Fight Against Climate Change

With a background in leading business development at Siemens Energy for service in Europe, power generation service in Europe, and Africa, I have experienced firsthand the importance of embracing a purpose-driven life. This goes beyond just professional endeavors to my personal experiences, where I juggle the roles of being a mother, partner, environment activist, feminist, and soon-to-be systemic coach. Balancing these roles has shaped my understanding of the importance of defining one's purpose.

Why Energy Transformation and Sustainability Matter

Reality strikes when you realize that our generation might be one of the last ones to experience the chance of dying from old age, with more and more people facing the threat of dying from the side effects of climate change. This grave situation is made even more poignant considering that this climate change is largely man-made, hence preventable.

What's at Stake?

From extreme weather events like floods to an expected rise in mass migration caused by climate disasters, and biodiversity loss leading to the extinction of species, we are faced with dire consequences unless we act.

  • Extreme Weather: Drastic fluctuations in the natural weather patterns leading to catastrophic events like floods and droughts.
  • Mass Migration: The World Bank projects that by 2050, there would be approximately 216 million climate migrants.
  • Extinction of Species: We risk losing one out of six million species by the end of the century due to human activities like farming.

Acting Towards a Sustainable Future

We know that we need to electrify and decarbonize the energy landscape while harnessing more renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change. To achieve this, we must increase wind power sources and solar energy, which are instrumental in reaching the net-zero goal.

Nevertheless, implementing these changes requires concerted efforts. Often, reasons for inaction range from procrastination to negligence, making it essential to foster a sense of collective responsibility.

Acting Now: No More Excuses

Now is the time to define our purpose and take concrete steps towards a brighter and more sustainable future. Part of this process includes downloading a CO2 tracker app to keep track of our carbon footprint. Just having a sense of where we are, in relation to our carbon emissions, can help identify areas for potential reduction.

Be reassured that every little act counts. By acting as if everyone is watching, we can create a ripple effect leading to greater environmental consciousness and action.

Making an Impact: Harness Your Influence

Remember, nobody is too small to influence change. Our actions can impact politics, local authorities, and public opinion. We all can create an environmental supportive frame by actively voicing our concerns and challenging what doesn’t make sense.


Energy transformation is key to sustainably using and conserving our planet's resources. It aids in combating the impending impacts of climate change. Therefore, let’s each define our purpose, take definite actions, and make an impact towards a sustainable future.

Remember, you can reach out anytime for clarifications or guidance. Feel free to share your purpose and be held accountable for it; let's rock the energy transformation together.

Video Transcription

Come on, let's start. I'm sure people will join on the way. So, welcome to today's session. I'm leading a purpose driven energy transformation. So if all of you are listening now or maybe later listening to the recording, what will you get out of this session?So you will be able to define your purpose, but also your actions and your impact with regards to um energy transformation. So about me, like you can read through my profile and maybe you've done it so far. So I focused rather on like how it feels to be me. So I definitely feel like this person juggling a lot of balls in the air. Um One thing that you've read on my profile is I'm leading business development at Siemens Energy for uh service in Europe, power generation service in Europe and Africa. I'm also a mother of two kids. So um those two balls alone uh need a lot of attention. Uh I have a partner so juggling balls looks more like this. So we do it together, which helps a lot. I'm also a daughter, a friend. Um I'm a leader, not just in my organization, but also um Yeah, beyond, I'm active for environment. I'm currently doing a coaching training uh to become a systemic coach. By the end of the year, I'd also call myself a feminist because I think we need to be vocal about it. Um I'm practicing yoga, meditation, other sports. So the list could continue uh more and more.

Hi, Denise. Welcome to the session. So why is um climate and the energy transformation so important to me? And why does sustainability matter? Actually, it did uh already since I was a, a young, a young kid. But when I recently saw that, that poster here, it really struck me because simply to imagine the fact that our generation or yeah, the the generation of our kids might be one of the last to really have the kind of privilege and the resources to die from old age. And that there will be more and more people dying actually from climate change because simply they don't have enough resources to keep up with their lives is really unimaginable. And even more if we think that actually this climate change is man made. So we actually know what is at risk. We know, I recently found that report here uh on Deland Funk, which shows that there is a potential of 50% that we will already see an increase in temperature by 1.5% in 26. Um which is actually our target until 2100. So we see the speed at which things are happening. So we know about the extreme weather and I'm sure all of you can name examples from floods and dryness. Uh All across the world, mass migration is expected to be at uh 216 million climate migrants uh by 2050 a report of the World Bank and also the extinction of species.

So species meaning plants and uh and animals will be one out of 6 million um until the end of the century. And this is all caused by us by the pesty seeds that are needed um or that are used in the, in the farming right now. And that will have a huge impact also on our food supply and the one for future generations. So there is a lot at risk and we also know actually already what we can do about it from a conscious and scientific stage, right? So we need to electrify the energy uh landscape and we also need to decarbonize it, which is basically power to X. And for that, we need more renewable energy. So I mentioned here some numbers from Germany. So the wind, the onshore wind needs to increase by the factor of four and solar PV, nearly factor 10 to keep up with the energy demand and to really be able to reach the net zero goal. Um with regards to energy, with regards to the energy landscape, and I'm sure you have all heard about hydrogen, the hydrogen economy. Um you can imagine hydrogen like the champagne of the energy transformation, right? So, or at the current stage, at least um it's there but in price and quantity um not uh available for all types of usage.

So we need to really think about it specifically where we want to use it in areas like storage or for example, industrial processes like steel manufacturing, for example. And then two very small words will actually have a big impact is to save resources. So there are lots of ways to compensate, for example, plastic usage with um paper bags. Um But also the point to ask ourselves like, do we really now need this new jacket or this new phone or can we maybe keep up with what we have so far to simply save resources as such? Just some um points to think about the list can be much longer. Um But still we don't act. So I came across this uh website of the Climate uh Act on Climate Plan A academy and there they listed some uh funny, not so funny why we actually don't act the car. So no reason to make it for it. Have they started first, we could have con the dirty so drawn into my daily life. I cannot think of climate change and all the things do, but it does concern all of us and we need to start now.

So just think about like how you might be interacting with future generations. So you can either explain that you had an impact with your actions and you achieved something. So you had results or you have excuses as I've just shown you now on why maybe you have not acted and just continued with living your life um as you do maybe right now or as an average, which is not sufficient to stop them um climate change. So what I would like to suggest to you is to define your purpose because if you know what are you going for, then it's much easier to really also act on it. So this is the scheme that Simon Sinic is using very simple. And let me just give you an example from myself. So to reduce CO2 emissions, so that future generation have the same resources and quality of life as we have it. Now, that would be my purpose. It's still very vague and not um specific enough. So now it comes to really defining your actions. What I did is I downloaded a Co2 tracker app. So now I know where I am and also compared to other citizens in Germany or other world. And I have to tell you um yeah, it really opened my eyes because I'm below average for all the categories except one which makes me then that I'm above average in total, which is an air travel, right?

So I use the plane to see my family to go on holidays or, or business trips. Um, and, and um this really has a huge impact on my, on my CO2 footprint. And now I know where I can start to reduce my CO2 emissions, especially like exactly that area of flight travel. Um And to then really act as if everybody is watching, you saw the example and the excuse before, so the neighbors don't do anything. So I also feel comfortable and think like, OK, it cannot be that bad. Others don't act as well. But the more and more people will start to act, the more and more it will be considered by the others. And then you start slowly to create that movement. And this is where the action of each and everyone is so important and just think about the example. Um I mean, like in earlier generations, I know examples uh where Children were sent to when guests came to buy cigarettes so that the guests could smoke cigarettes at their house, something that we cannot imagine. Uh right now anymore. And I think that will be the same if I stick to the example of air travel that if you say, oh, hey, I went to Thailand to go surfing for a week that there will be questions done back of, hey, couldn't you have done that in the Baltic Sea?

Um Because with the air travel, you pollute the air that is there for all of us. So things will become more and more conscious and more and more the perception in uh the world of it will change. But also last point to define your impact. So don't think you are too small to influence the Big wheel and with Big Wheel, I mean politics, local authorities or participation mechanisms, right? So be active, be vocal about it, think about what you would like to go for. So for example, in Germany, we have pretty complex procedures if you would like to install solar PV S on your roof. But if you use fossil based um energy sources, no one is questioning that you don't have to even mention or justify it. So why is that? And does it make sense? Actually? Not much? Right. So why not questioning it and bringing it up to attention? Because the more of us who will do it, the more of us we will have an impact and politics definitely need to change and give uh a more precise and environmental supportive frame. So with that, I'd like to thank you, I'd like to encourage you to share your purpose as I just did it now. Um because then you can also be held accountable for it and feel free to hold myself accountable and then just rock it. Yeah, thanks.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them now. Um or also reach out to me on linkedin.