I'm Hannu Väänänen, working for ABB since 1994 and located in Helsinki, Finland. Since my days as a student at the Helsinki University of Technology energy efficient technologies and renewable energies have been two of my passions. But because energy is not only about advanced technology but also politics, energy policies have also interested me for several years. This includes especially carbon free energy on supply side and energy efficiency policies and practices on demand side. Now I'm working for ABB's electrical motors and generators global business. My focus is on legislation and standards. I'm also board member of European Wind Energy Association EWEA. I have two sons, who have now left home and are both studying. This gives more time for cross country skiing in winter and bicycling during summer. During my free time I'm run a small farm together with my relatives. So you can ask me also about barley, wheat and rapeseed farming in a Nordic climate!

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Energy dependency: a disease that is causing Europe severe economic and political harm [updated]

Europe needs to become more intelligent if it is to stop paying more than one billion USD every day for imported energy

The EU chemical proposal has many risks, few benefits

Anhydrides are chemicals needed to form insulation material for electromechanical equipment. Limits on their use will hurt industry without providing environmental, health or other benefits.

Five rules for intelligent energy efficiency regulation

It’s no surprise that energy consumption and energy efficiency consistently appear on national and international agendas. Energy efficiency affects technological development, economics at every level and the competitiveness of companies and countries.