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How an oil company pivoted to embrace wind energy

I had young kids, and they kept challenging me," Sykes said. "I thought, you know what, I want to do something with a bit more purpose." He made the leap and became the head of technology innovation at the Carbon Trust, a UK organization that helps governments and businesses decarbonize. Later, in 2012, Sykes joined rsted, a Danish energy company. He said it "absolutely was" a personal decision to "move from black to green." Today, rsted is the world's biggest producer of offshore wind. It has wind farms in the US, Germany, and the UK, and it produces 90% of its energy from renewable resources. rsted didn't start as a renewable-energy company, though. Like Sykes, it made a transition from black to green — and in doing so, it demonstrated it's possible for big energy companies to pivot to clean energy. The energy sector accounts for more than two-thirds of global greenhouse-gas emissions, the International Energy Agency estimates. To limit the influence of climate change, those emissions need to rapidly decrease — which means that big energy companies need to change their operations

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  • Rashid Kamau

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    By replacing electricity generated from other sources such as fossil fuel power stations, wind energy can lead to an overall reduction in carbon emissions.

    • George Kariuki

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      Quite inspiring to see how personal values and motivations can drive individuals to make significant career changes towards a more purposeful and sustainable direction.

      • Munene Mugambi

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        A trendsetting achievement. Hopefully other orgs follow suit

        • Joseph Githinji

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          Absolutely amazing, other oil companies should follow suit.

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