Have made Statoil and Norwegian homes greener

Knut Simon Helland has been working to motivate Statoil employees to cut their CO2 emissions, while Terese Troy Prebensen has brought the green transition into Norwegian homes – thereby raising awareness. They both received the 2017 Enova Award.

The Enova Award goes to people who have worked on energy efficiency improvements and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by sharing knowledge and contributing to sustainable change. This year’s winners were announced on Tuesday evening.

“This is very exciting and unexpected,” said Terese Troy Prebensen, CEO of Fredrikstad Energi Marked and Smart Energi.

– The green wave started in Østfold County

Smart Energi from Østfold has been one of the most important drivers in putting solar cell panels on the Norwegian market. One of these accomplishments is Hvaler Solpark – a project that has garnered both national and international attention.

“The key to success is a close dialogue with the grassroots level. We organize open meetings to provide knowledge and gain input, and have been challenged both by the very knowledgeable and by those who do not get the point of solar cells and reduced consumption,” says Troy Prebensen.

She emphasizes that she will share the award with the entire Fredrikstad Energi organization, which has worked diligently for more than seven years to adapt their business models to new technology and the green transition.

“We have also received support from the county authority and municipalities. There is a green wave in Norway, and I would go so far as to say that it started in Østfold,” says Troy Prebensen.

The jury says that she received the award for her incredible passion for future energy solutions.

“Our energy system is changing. We must put new technology and new services to use, and we must continue to develop them, so as to ensure the energy system is developed at a reasonable cost for society. This must be done at every level – from the major plants to our homes and cabins. Terese has been a champion for encouraging consumers to use new solutions,” says Marketing Director in Enova and jury member for the Enova Award, Audhild Kvam.

Motivated employees with stepwise goals

The other winner of the Enova Award was Knut Simon Helland, who took up his job as energy manager in Statoil in the summer of 2014. Ever since, he and the local energy coordinators have been very focused on the daily energy consumption on the platforms.

The platforms on the Norwegian shelf consume a lot of energy and thus contribute to greenhouse gas emissions – which has been the subject of increasing attention in recent years. Statoil has mapped the major energy consumers on every installation, and has drawn up energy management action plans.

Helland has helped initiate about 70 projects that are mainly based on these action plans, which have cut Statoil’s CO2 emissions by about 435 000 tonnes in total. The green transition is often accompanied by red figures. This is why Statoil and Enova cooperate on multiple projects.

“Statoil’s overarching climate goals are hard for individual employees to relate to. It is easy to think that others can do the work, or that what you do alone does not make a difference. One important measure was thus to split the CO2 goals into smaller goals starting with 2016, so they become clearer throughout the organization,” says Helland.

The jury believes that he has demonstrated an ability to motivate people – regardless of professional group and organizational level.

“Knut Simon has made a tremendous effort to reduce energy consumption and cut emissions. The jury is also impressed with his combination of technical knowledge and unfailing optimism,” says Audhild Kvam.

Contact information:

  • Terese Troy Prebensen: +47 958 61 254
  • Knut Simon Helland: +47 907 66 248
  • Audhild Kvam: +47 951 37 086