Maria van der Hoeven
Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
2017: The year carbon capture really evolved
"This year's developments in the field of carbon capture have been fascinating. Along with existing technologies, we're seeing the evolution of techniques that are not only taking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air, but turning it from a waste product into a commodity. We're using it to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses and even to add the fizz into fizzy drinks. The advancements I've seen in 2017 are not just important for the future of energy, but also for the future of our planet."
In my lifetime: Let's innovate so everyone has access to energy
"We have a global population of 7 billion, yet over 1 billion people still do not have access to energy. By 2040 the population will have increased even further and we need to find a way to ensure that everyone around the world has access to clean, efficient, sustainable forms of energy. This is only possible if we develop cleaner traditional and emerging energy sources. We have to look for opportunities that don't yet exist, create new technologies, and find innovative solutions to lift people across the globe out of energy poverty."