Green.org sat down with CEO of ElectricBoxx, Warwick Hill, who shared his thoughts on the future of energy production and sustainability in business. ElectricBoxx works with clients to develop accessible solutions to assist them in moving towards a sustainable, zero carbon business model. ElectricBoxx provides products and services in infrastructure, energy management and financing.
Great to have the chance to chat with you, Warwick. Can you tell us a little bit about you and your background?
I am a serial tech entrepreneur with a background in telecoms, media and cloud. I led the Microsoft-for-Startup team across Europe for a few years, helping to scale technology businesses that addressed key-industrial challenges. Most recently I have taken a number of NED positions with companies and advising on strategy, go-to-market and funding.
What is a fun fact about you?
I love the outdoors and all the squirrels that live in it. I am passionate about nature and equally passionate about solving sustainability issues that impact the natural world.
Why do you think climate change and sustainability is such an important topic today?
As the world’s population continues to grow, food production is the most significant cause of biodiversity loss which will only intensify in the coming decades. Rockström provides a framework and scientific analysis of the activities that destabilise our planet and negatively affect human-life as we know it. Two core boundaries within this framework are key to mankind’s survivability – climate change and biosphere integrity – both of which have been substantially and persistently transgressed.
Businesses are now being forced to act sustainably and not treat the environment as a limitless source of materials to be plundered – corporate decision makers play a key role in driving this change as we cannot guarantee any political support as their interests are transitory. The Responsible Business Map, developed from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, demonstrates an effective way for a business to adapt and implement long term sustainability initiatives for the welfare of the planet and everyone upon it.
What do you envision your industry looking like 10 years from now?
I can see long term energy production migrating away from global monopolies to a more distributed, self-create structure. This can apply a greater scale and produce energy across a more diverse population to encourage improved sustainability and survivability while lowering fossil fuel dependence. Technology (and subsequent investment) is only getting stronger in this area as 2030 and 2050 legislative agendas play out.
Finally, what can the average person do to make a difference?
The average person has more power than they realise – by leveraging technology, staying informed and becoming an energy influencer in their immediate social ecosystem, lives can significantly improve, lower stress and ultimately become less dependent on the whims of the market.
Thanks Warwick, for sharing your vision about the future of zero carbon business models.
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