All articles by Sonja van Renssen

Editor in chief Sonja van Renssen is an experienced Brussels-based journalist and conference moderator, who has written for leading energy and climate titles including S&P Global Platts and Nature Climate Change. Contact Sonja at: sonja.vanrenssen [at]

Sonja van Renssen


Energy Monitor’s most-read stories of 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reshaped the global energy scene in 2022. Our most-read stories reflect a desire to understand the energy transition, also as a potential response to it.

Two years on: How Energy Monitor is documenting the race to net zero

Our live EU electricity generation map is Energy Monitor’s most-read story on our second birthday.

Expect a “seismic shift” on energy efficiency – Jessica Stromback, CEO of Joule Assets

Minimum energy performance standards for buildings coupled with generous tax rebates for renovations – 110% in Italy – could unlock the energy service company market in Europe.

French utility EDF centres innovation strategy on AI and blockchain

EDF chief innovation officer Julien Villeret talks to Energy Monitor about the group’s innovation strategy and France’s three energy priorities: nuclear power, hydrogen and renewables.

Weekly data: Macron’s climate challenge is to build out renewables

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to abandon gas, oil and coal, and reinvest in nuclear power, but getting to net zero will require him to reverse France’s lacklustre record on renewable energy too.

Terms of empowerment: Addressing the needs of the individual in the hybrid workplace

Employees need fewer rules and regulations in the world of work, argues Siemens Smart Infrastructure’s Alexander Senn, but that also requires a major mindset shift on the part of their employers.

Opinion: The EU must learn from its failed gas policy

The EU did not prepare for a war in Ukraine. It did not build up a military nor did it diversify its energy supplies after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Today, European leaders must take charge of their energy – and by implication, wider – future.

The power of numbers: Data’s role in delivering new working models

As we emerge from the pandemic, a hybrid workplace will continue to define many people’s working lives. What role can digital technologies play in defining, delivering and optimising sustainable working models?

Karina Rigby, Eaton: Energy transition means “everything as a grid”

Flexibility is a must for a solar and wind-dominated energy system, and data centres could provide as much of it as electric vehicles, says a division president of power management company Eaton in an interview.

Fossil fuels matter as much as renewables

Our ten most-read articles this autumn reflect that oil and gas as much as electric vehicles and heat pumps – plus hydrogen, nuclear, hydropower and carbon markets – are shaping the energy transition.