It may be a small step, but news that a prominent renewable energy figure has been appointed to the board of transport for Europes largest city is certainly welcome. It is part of the new Mayors plan to diversify the government organization and to make it more representative of the people of London.
The new Major of London, Sadiq Khan, was elected earlier this year and yesterday he revealed who had made it on to the board of governors for TfL. Among seven eight women and six men, including himself, is the Chief Executive for Renewable Energy Association (REA) Nina Skorupska.
Skorupska is a prominent figure in the U.K.s renewable energy scene, as well as in Europe. Not only was she the first female power station manager for RWE npower in U.K., but she is also part of Essents (RWEs Dutch energy company) new clean initiatives.
I am deeply excited by this appointment, exclaimed Skorupska. I have spent the past three years immersed in the changing world of energy, where the transition to a low-carbon, accessible, and affordable energy system is in full swing. To have a seat at such a diverse, intelligent, and accomplished table is a humbling thing, and I hope my knowledge and experience will be of value in these turbulent times of change and opportunity.
The appointment is certainly a move in the right direction for the busy city, as it would suggest that a renewable energy voice will now be heard for all future considerations, well at least for the next four years. However, it is not the first emission-free move that TfL has made.
Earlier in the year, London welcomed its first 100% solar-powered busses to start transporting city dwellers around the city. Then, as if knocking over the first domino, the first solar-powered bus shelter was installed in the Canary Wharf area of the city. The installation has a capacity of 2.8 KW, which is enough to power the average London home.