Interview: Vattenfall’s Gunnar Groebler talks up the role of the wind industry in the energy transition

Swedish energy utility Vattenfall’s senior vice-president for wind power talks to ENDS about his hopes for the sector, and how it needs to step up to the challenge of helping achieve EU and global decarbonisation goals.

Greta Thunberg has made her voice heard once again at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, just at the same time as new reports have revealed the ongoing rise of global greenhouse gas emissions and the increasingly visible impact of climate change.

The urgency of the task at hand and the opportunities it affords are not lost on Vattenfall, a state-owned energy major that operates across northern Europe and claims to be committed to enabling “fossil-free living within one generation”. About a third of the utility’s generation capacity is currently held in renewable energy sources, mainly onshore and offshore wind as well as solar.

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