Chris Parker

Energy & the Business World: a Transformation from Fossil Fuels to Renewable Clean Energy – with Chris Parker

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Ron Kamen

Ron Kamen has decades of expertise & leadership in catalyzing exponential change in sustainable energy adoption with communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses.

Quantum Quote: “To do good. You actually have to do something.”  – Yvon Chouinard

“About four years ago, I went through a long process of convincing my client that they just needed to sell ExxonMobil because it was not a good investment anymore.”, as shared by Chris Parker.

Do you want to know if his client listened? 

How does climate change affect your business, what’s at stake? Protecting the planet required business and social transformation, as well as an energy revolution.

Drawing on 24 years in global markets & finance, business & nonprofit development, conservation, and sustainability, Chris Parker partners with purpose-driven organizations to create solutions on critical challenges.  

Chris uses learned insights from the private and NGO sectors to benefit the scope of client impact.  By marrying passion and pragmatism, client partnerships expand the reach and power of a mission.

Originally Chris got into clean energy for his personal passion for environmental and climate change. But it became clear that it was really a business opportunity that the energy world and the business world was eventually going to go through – a transformation from fossil fuel to renewable clean energy.

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SuperNova #1. “Practice empathy. Everyone that you’re trying to do business with, everyone that you’re trying to help change policy with, everyone that you’re trying to help make a new business decision, everyone’s fighting a battle that you knew nothing about… take a step back from your position. 

Through an empathetic lens, look about where their needs are in the whole business, and energy equation and try and come at it from that angle, as opposed to what you’re trying to achieve.”

SuperNova #2. “A message I keep trying to put out is to look at these companies as future partners if we really want to accomplish what we need to accomplish with a global system transformation. Everyone’s got to benefit. Everyone’s got to play a part. Everyone’s got to help  solve their own personal solutions.”

SuperNova #3. “Businesses are saving money and gaining financial predictability by sourcing clean energy, as opposed to relying on fossil fuels. As they move their operations out of climate damaging fossil fuel, businesses are taking away their long term liability to the world at the same time. So it’s reducing risk, reducing costs, increasing predictability. And if done right, increasing your market,share as a business, and also increasing both shareholder and employee happiness, which has its own return.”

Worst Clean Energy Moment: Career changing moment – working as an energy trader in New York City when SuperStorm Sandy hit. 

Best Advice he’s ever received: Take a little more time.

Personal Success: I have become a huge proponent of the morning routine. Take 20 minutes to breathe, center yourself, and envision your goals for the day

Internet Resources:  Looking at non-US news services and sites

Book Recommendation: Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Magic Wand: Change one thing for everybody in the world: Let them go for a year and live in another culture.

WTF or F: WTF. Caught out in a boulder field with a hail storm during an Alpine climb. 

Parting Advice: Just Take an Action.


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