Johan Karlsson

Program Manager - Energy Products & Services, Momentum Energy2014 Melbourne Fellowship

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Let's make good stuff happen

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL?

Connection with some amazing people within the program and the exposure to amazing speakers and mentors.

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a 'change maker' in your field?

I grew up in Sweden, that country that always seem to be at the top of quality-of-living surveys, recycling, and sustainability top lists. There is much to be proud of when it comes to my home country but following an around the world trip in 2007 I found another country in dire need of help, Australia. Towards the end of my university studies in Queensland, I was lucky enough to be offered a job working for a boutique carbon consultancy where we as a team of 7 young people focused on indigenous carbon offset projects. It was a tough space. A couple of years in we were acquired by a larger consulting firm focused on energy efficiency, and I started realising that energy was a field that had a massive impact on the way we live our lives and the emissions we generate. Moving forward a few years - with some international experience and engineering capability - I find myself working for Australia's largest clean energy generator, Hydro Tasmania. Whilst we are currently experience some pretty difficult year(s) in clean and renewable energy, this is where the future lies. I can't pinpoint the exact moment or event that made me so passionate about this field of sustainability, but seeing how much work needs to happen in this country, I am going to be working in it for a long time to come.

Why is leadership for sustainability important?

The rate of loss to biodiversity is unprecedented. Carbon emissions are at an all-time high and increasing.Oceans are acidifying. But still, renewable energy investment in Australia is declining and we're increasing the output of our coal generators. Let's get our act together. Let's make good stuff happen.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

Connect with more amazing people. Spend less time planning and more time creating action.

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