The road not taken

The road not taken is not an easy path to trot, but giving up is not an option, according to Tore Hanse-Tangen, Executive Chairman at Viking Heat Engines. On behalf of all us at Viking, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Last week, I woke up to some encouraging news. The World Bank announced at the One Planet Summit that it would no longer fund upstream gas and oil after 2019, and AXA, the insurance giant, wowed to quadruple green investments from EUR 3 billion to EUR 12 billion. At the same time, we could finally share the good news that we would receive a EUR 30 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).


Great, I thought. The world is finally waking up and taking some decisive action in the fight against global warming!

It’s not easy to be a pioneer, something Robert Frost famously penned down in his poem, The Road Not Taken. I believe all of us in the renewable energy sector are pioneers. We must fight to be seen, heard and recognized. And what’s more, we need to change systems and policies that have in place for decades. How do we do that? Well, we don’t give up. We continue on the path “less traveled”, and we find organizations that believe in us, such as the EIB.

With the help of the bank, we can now develop products that can produce even more electricity to help rural areas in Colombia, among others, and high-temperature heat to make industrial processes a lot greener. With these products, we’re playing a vital role in the fight for a sustainable planet.  

What this year has shown us is that we cannot succeed alone. We need to work together as a team to create a sustainable world. We need to join hands across nations if we are to take the road less traveled. But as Frost wrote, I can assure you that if we do, it will make all the difference.

Let’s continue what we started in 2018 and build on this in the years to come.

From all of us at Viking Heat Engines, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

Tore Hansen-Tangen

Executive Chairman

Viking Heat Engines

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