Question Time audience member grills panel over COP26
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After Mr Rosberg stepped down as a Formula One driver in 2016, he has been committed to helping the world tackle the climate crisis. Having been involved in a range of projects, from investments in green companies to even setting up his own Greentech Festival, Mr Rosberg has now become a prominent authority in the space. He attended COP26 in Glasgow this week and told Express.co.uk that he has been impressed by Britain’s role on the world stage.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “Especially in offshore wind energy, Britain is a role model for the world and it is very impressive what they have done in that regard.
“And also the recent announcement to increase their offshore wind energy to 30 gigawatts in the next 10 years is a massive, ambitious target and if they can pull it off it will be very inspiring.
And Mr Rosberg said that Britain is far ahead of the US in the space.
He told Express.co.uk: “The US, for example, has only 0.5 percent of its energy coming from wind energy.
“It just goes to show how Great Britain has been a trailblazer in that sense.”
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s push to make Brexit Britain a “science superpower” by inspiring a “green industrial revolution” after Brexit.
Mr Rosberg has been so enthusiastic about the UK’s role in tackling climate change that he even decided to throw the award ceremonies for his Greentech Festival here in the UK this week.
Greentech Festival is a platform that brings together start-ups, corporations, environmental activists, politicians and more actors involved in the green space.
While Mr Rosberg and his co-founders started the project in Berlin, it has now gone international and they chose London as the first place to take it to.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Macro Voigt, who co-founded the project with Mr Rosberg, explained why.
He said: “We know that Great Britain is one of the leading countries for renewable energies.
“You have so many initiatives here in the UK and it made complete sense to host our first international Greentech Festival here in the UK.”
Their festival has had some huge names in attendance including European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Mr Rosberg said his Greentech Festival has helped to make an impact.
He told Express.co.uk: “It’s always very powerful when you have some of the most influential people involved.
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“That went a long way to build our festival and also with the commitments that they then brought to the table, that was very special.”
Mr Rosberg also spoke about the UK’s move towards a hydrogen-led economy.
He said: “Britain is really leading the way in that space as well.
“One way to get carbon-free energy is to store the energy in the form of hydrogen, which we know is very energy dense and that is something that the UK is really trailblazing.”
And Mr Rosberg is right.
As part of Boris Johnson’s strategy to help Britain reach net zero by 2050, the Prime Minister said he wants to make the UK the “Qatar of hydrogen.”
Mr Johnson also published the UK’s Hydrogen Strategy back in August, where he outlined plans to unlock £4billion worth of investment in hydrogen generation, storage and usage this decade.
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