Karin Retzke: On the hunt for energy-waste
For one and a half years, Karin Retzke has been working at TOTAL as an energy consultant with a focus on petrol stations. Before that, she had worked on various engineering projects regarding energy efficiency.
The future of energy generation is rapidly changing.
What new things do we have to prepare ourselves for?
Global energy demands are increasing but that doesn´t mean the same amount of resources can be won. This means that we have to become more efficient in order that the gap between supply and demand doesn’t become even wider.
What must we do in order to meet this challenge?
We need more efficient methods of using the resources that we have. We have to explore and exploit new fields of alternative energy. And of course, we must save energy wherever we can.
In terms of energy and its future, what is your responsibility and mission at TOTAL?
Part of my job is to help petrol stations with especially high levels of energy use to become more efficient. Additionally, I help lead other projects, for example, the deployment of more efficient refrigerators. Since the beginning of that job in 2006, we have been able to reduce the energy consumption at TOTAL petrol stations across Germany by 6%.
What can we do in order to help keep the momentum going?
It is important that everyone takes part and exchanges ideas. Here, we all work for the same goal of becoming even more energy efficient. When other colleagues have a new idea or find an area that is wasting energy, then they always come to us in order to discuss it. Adding to this, all international energy consultants regularly meet to exchange news and study successful projects.
You work professionally in the field of energy efficiency. Do you also use your knowledge in your private life?
Definitely. When you work the whole day on finding new ways to save energy, you naturally take the ideas home with you. We just completely renovated our house and put in windows with three glass layers. And it's working: we've already noticed the impact of the renovation on our reduced energy consumption.
Nothing happens without drive
Altay State University
Higher School of Economics (Moscow)
career in Total
Joined Total team in 2004. Head of Contract Department since 2009