Quentin Lancrenon

Quentin Lancrenon

http://www.theshiftproject.org/

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Who are you and what do you do ?

As an engineer, energy was my entry door to sustainability when I realised that the energy sector has the most environmental impact from emissions. As a result, I am now working in the company Greenfish that launches a new department of consulting services in sustainability, low carbon energy, and resources management. Alongside, I contribute to the pivotal role of associations to boost the transition. Today in Brussels, I have started the Belgian branch of a French think tank, The Shift Project, which advocates for 9 key measures to make the low carbon society a reality in the EU. Former times, during my studies I coordinated a student campaign pushing our university to divest from fossil fuels. I believe that the current sustainable actions of our main economic and political actors do not correspond to the depth of problems (biodiversity, resources and energy peak, lack of agronomic resilience, water scarcity, etc.). Thus, I see myself as a link, empowering people and firms to reconsider their efforts to go higher on the sustainability ladder. I challenge them to think deeply about the systemic dimension of sustainability and question loudly our collective level of ambition.  Besides the ticking clock, I have recently discovered the potential of a well-driven transition to work for a more socially and economically just society. While today my impact does not take this justice into consideration, I wish to extend my actions towards this goal.

Why are you part of Generation T ?

  • Six years of experience and knowledge about numerous topics of sustainability, from energy to mobility to our financial system and its carbon exposure, makes me a competitive candidate for Generation T.
  • My strong skills in cooperating with individuals with diverse backgrounds from both the private and the volunteering sector.
  • I constantly keep my eyes wide open in my network to bridge people to initiatives (and vice versa).
  • My enthusiasm and dynamism in tackling such critical issues.
  • My curiosity about new initiatives in the Belgian ecosystem, as well as my will of challenging my beliefs and that of the group as often as possible.
  • And finally, my conviction that being humble and respectful is a key attitude to tackle the challenges of sustainability especially when the individual efforts of a person or a company are discussed

A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate the change :

I often place emphasis on the need for sustainable action at both an individual level and at a systemic or organisational level.On a systemic level, the Belgian branch of The Shift Project that I have founded in February is taking several actions to advocate for a low carbon society such as: (i) Creating a network of professionals in Belgium with diverse backgrounds interested in influencing the national and European debate on the carbon transition (ii) Creating an educational program (“Teach the Shift”) about the carbon transition to share it with public audiences (schools, people without education on these topics, etc.). It aims at framing a more positive and more enthusiastic message to a greater number of people to favour change in their daily behaviours (iii) Coordinating research missions to present and push the Decarbonize Europe Manifesto (decarbonizeurope.org) to several Belgian and European parties and institutionsOn the side, I also give coaching advice to the Fossil Free Universities member back in Australia where I studied. On an individual level, I take action to understand the difficulty of a behavioural changes such as: vegetarianism, limiting as much as I can trips by plane, daily biking, applying sobriety instead of consuming more, eating seasonal and local, … These are a few activities and personal choices I have made that aim also to instigate change among my own networks.