“Being able to work on relevant but also complex challenges like this, is what ignites our spark.”
Anne-Marijn Kamps and Chantal Schut are our dynamic Dutch duo: they both joined the Challenge as company participants from Gasunie in the Netherlands! Gasunie operates and maintains the existing gas infrastructure in the Netherlands and Northern Germany, covering 15,000km.
Anne-Marijn describes herself as ‘an open and honest personality with a nice dose of energy’, while Chantal says she is ‘an enthusiastic go-getter’. With their enthusiasm they are capable of inspiring the Nudge community as true ambassadors for positive change.
Starting their careers at Gasunie as Management Trainees, Chantal is now a Manager of the Center of Competence E&I Installations, and Anne-Marijn is program support manager on a project called HyWay 27.
Enthusiastic about hydrogen as a flexible energy source
In order for the Netherlands to meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals, they need to reduce their emissions. However, this requires the development of entirely new sustainable energy chains. Both Chantal and Anne-Marijn are passionate about hydrogen as a ‘flexible energy source’ which is more sustainable than natural gas. Through the project HyWay 27, Gasunie is exploring whether they can use their existing gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen. This would create a more sustainable energy infrastructure without having to build it from scratch.
Their impact plan
Within the 2020 Challenge, Anne-Marijn and Chantal’s focus is on “connecting end-users to the future national hydrogen backbone.” The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands has divided Dutch industries into six ‘clusters’, and requested that they create a plan for reducing their emissions. Anne-Marijn and Chantal are targeting cluster 6, the group of industries most geographically dispersed, to help them obtain sustainable energy. They are specifically focusing on the ceramic industry, an industry with significant impact on the Netherland’s 2030 climate goals.
This is how Chantal and Anne-Marijn are doing their part to tackle climate change. As Anne-Marijn says, “Being able to work on relevant but also complex challenges like this, is what ignites our spark.”