Path to a Net-Zero Future: Insights from Wärtsilä Energy's COO, Anja Frada
In this invigorating episode of the Climate Confident podcast, we take a deep dive into one of the most important discussions of our time – can we realistically aim for a 100% renewable energy grid? I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Anja Frada, the COO of Wärtsilä Energy, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets.Anja provides some incredibly insightful perspectives on the viability of a fully renewable energy grid. We talk about the practicalities, challenges, and steps we need to take to transition to a completely renewable energy landscape. Anja also emphasizes how important it is to look at the energy system holistically, ensuring we're not only focusing on renewables but also the necessary flexibility that needs to accompany it.We delve into the world of sustainable fuels, as Anja discusses Wärtsilä Energy's exciting developments in hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol engines. Plus, we touch on the transformation of existing fossil fuel infrastructure into viable assets for a renewable future. It's all about avoiding stranded assets and getting the most from our investments.Anja also takes us through the issues of permitting, the pace of renewable deployment, and the countries that are making strides in the right direction. We touch on the marine side of Wärtsilä's business, examining the shift towards more sustainable fuels and electrification in marine transport.The energy market reform in the EU is a hot topic right now, and we dive into how this is shaping the future of the energy market and driving investment in flexibility.If you're interested in the future of renewable energy, sustainable fuels, and the drive towards a net-zero future, this episode is for you. As always, please let us know your thoughts and stay tuned for more enlightening conversations on Climate Confident.Support the showPodcast supportersI'd like to sincerely thank this podcast's generous supporters: Lorcan Sheehan Hal GoodJerry SweeneyChristophe KottelatAndreas WernerRichard DelevanAnton Chupilko And remember you too can Support the Podcast - it is really easy and hugely important as it will enable me to continue to create more excellent Climate Confident episodes like this one.ContactIf you have any comments/suggestions or questions for the podcast - get in touch via direct message on Twitter/LinkedIn. If you liked this show, please don't forget to rate and/or review it. It makes a big difference to help new people discover the show. CreditsMusic credit - Intro and Outro music for this podcast was composed, played, and produced by my daughter Luna JuniperThanks for listening, and remember, stay healthy, stay safe, stay sane!