Posted: 15 Nov. 2022 5 min. read

En route to a sustainable future: a conversation with expert in climate policy Jos Delbeke

Tarmac Talks Ep6 - Sustainability

As our society evolves, the way we do business should transform alongside it. Over the years, sustainability has become a priority for organisations in a variety of industries, showcasing the magnitude and impact of climate change within the business world.

“We actually see it as our responsibility as an organisation and as an employer to take a leading role in sustainability and the sustainable transition of our society, and that's why we have set our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030,” shares Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium.

But it can take a village to inspire and uphold real change. “If we want this transition to succeed in the long run, then knowledge institutions, governments, companies, and private citizens have to join hands to provide new solutions. Ecosystem thinking in which all actors work together is crucial here,” explains Eline Brugman, Deloitte Climate & Sustainability Lead.

While there’s strong momentum to bring about sustainable solutions that reduce carbon emissions and improve our planet’s outlook, global uncertainties are also driving businesses, governments and citizens to act. And advancements in technology aid in this transition. 

“Everybody is aware that energy is expensive, is scarce. Energy has to be saved, renewable energy has to be generated, and that change may already be accelerating now. We already see those investments coming. Of course, the supply chains have to adapt. That won't happen overnight. But in the medium term I am optimistic rather than pessimistic,” Jos Delbeke, former Director-General for Climate at the European Commission. 

In this episode of Tarmac Talks, Piet Vandendriessche discusses the outlook of sustainability within the business world with Jos Delbeke, Professor of Economics and former Director-General for Climate at the European Commission. Eline Brugman, Deloitte Sustainability Expert, joins the conversation to talk about how business can take a leading role in sustainability.

  

Everybody is aware that energy is expensive, is scarce. Energy has to be saved, renewable energy has to be generated, and that change may already be accelerating now. We already see those investments coming. Of course, the supply chains have to adapt. That won't happen overnight. But in the medium term I am optimistic rather than pessimistic.

Jos Delbeke, former Director-General for Climate at the European Commission

About Jos Delbeke

Jos Delbeke is a part-time Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium. In September 2020, he was appointed as the EUI's first European Investment Bank Chair on Climate Change Policy and International Carbon Markets ('EIB Climate Chair'). Jos is the former Director-General of the European Commission's DG Climate Action, from 2010 to 2018. He holds a PhD in economics from KU Leuven.

If we want this transition to succeed in the long run, then knowledge institutions, governments, companies, and private citizens have to join hands to provide new solutions. Ecosystem thinking in which all actors work together is crucial here.

Eline Brugman, Climate & Sustainability Lead

Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium

We actually see it as our responsibility as an organization and as an employer to take a leading role in sustainability and the sustainable transition of our society, and that's why we have set our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Piet Vandendriessche, CEO Deloitte Belgium

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Piet Vandendriessche

Piet Vandendriessche

CEO Deloitte Belgium

Piet Vandendriessche is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Belgium. He first took up the position on 1 June 2016. As CEO, Piet leads and manages the Executive Committee and sets the strategic direction of the firm. He is also a member of the Deloitte North South European Executive.  Piet believes strongly in the impact Deloitte can create for its clients and talent, and for society as a whole. Our strategic professionals stay abreast of the changes shaping our world and bring innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients. Similarly, through the Deloitte Foundation the firm supports a wide range of social projects in Belgium and abroad. These focus on education, innovation and entrepreneurship – areas that make the best use of our skills.  In a long career at Deloitte with many opportunities to grow, Piet attaches great importance to maintaining a transparent, dynamic environment that provides people with plenty of room for personal and professional advancement.

Eline Brugman

Eline Brugman

Sustainability & Climate Lead

Eline leads the Climate and Energy department within Deloitte’s Sustainability team. She advises governments and companies from varying sectors on CO2 reductive measures, from strategy to roadmap determination, business cases, organisational changes, financing and structuring. Moreover, Eline is an experienced financial advisor, specialising in alternative forms of financing such as Public-Private collaboration for infrastructure projects.