Meet Alexander Borup Jeppesen
Meet our Project Manager in the Danish Project Team, Alexander Borup Jeppesen
“One day I can be in my boots in a field filled with manure, having a dialogue with neighbors and municipalities about a potential future project. The day after I could be wearing my business suit and have a divestment meeting with a potential investor in an office.”Alexander Borup Jeppesen, European Energy
FAQs with Alexander
Who are you?
I am Alexander Borup Jeppesen, Project Manager in the Danish Project Department and an employee in European Energy since January 2021.
How would you describe yourself?
I am an energetic, joyful and excited young man. I have a lot of energy and feed of all the good professional and social interactions I have during the day in European Energy. Also, I am talented sportsperson, doing my best work as the striker on the company football team and in the internal EE padel matches in which I rarely lose. I am also known to occasionally hit the dancefloor if the right music is playing.
What do you do at European Energy?
Together with my colleagues I develop solar and wind projects in Danmark, especially in the early phases in which it is central to achieve permitting for the projects.
In the Danish market we have a varied pipeline of projects ranging from projects on an idea-level through projects in full operation. My task are therefore very varied. One day I can be in my boots in a field filled with manure, having a dialogue with neighbors and municipalities about a potential future project. The day after I could be wearing my business suit and have a divestment meeting with a potential investor in an office.
How do you try to be a creative enabler of the green transition?
I go to work with the purpose of lifting my colleagues up while we drive the green transition. It is fundamental for me that we have fun and are happy, while we do our job. Motivating oneself is easy when doing something as purposeful as we are. I am sure my energy is contagious.
What is the best things about working at European Energy?
One is the variation in the daily tasks. At no point do you ever feel like a person that does repetitive tasks in an office. All employees handle tasks which are very different from each other, and which also demands different skills.
The second thing I will highlight is the high degree of rationality that dominates in EE. The company has maintained quick decision-making and flat hierarchy from the start-up days, which means the lines of communication to management are open and decisions are never far away. The journey from identifying a problem to solving it is very short – and I believe that the rational solution always wins in our company.
Why is it important for you that European Energy is a driving force in the green transition?
Having lived half a year in Jakarta, which is infamously known as one of the places in the world with the worst air quality, it is evident that the world needs lots of companies like European Energy.
You make those type of reflections, when you do not see the sun on your balcony for six months, even though it is 30 degrees. From my many conversations with friends I’ve had in Indonesia, I also realized that the green transition will only truly accelerate in the less-developed parts of the world if renewable energy becomes attractive from a financial standpoint.
Simply, people have more pressuring issues than global warming in their daily struggles and thus prices are the most important parameter. In European Energy we make projects which are both sustainable from an environmental and financial perspective and to me that is an underrated but essential part of the green transition.
What are the best things about your colleagues?
My colleagues are so cool!
I am amazed every time I meet a new colleague as people are always nice, socially intelligent colleagues with interesting lives and a can-do mentality. My theory is, that working in the renewable energy sector tend to attract a certain type of people with a certain mindset, but I also must give a shout-out to our recruitment specialists. They have been excellent at getting the right types of people in even as we are growing with several hundred people per year.
European Energy has six core values. In it together, Excitement, Inclusion, Agility, Trust & Courage, and Ambition. What are the most important values for you and why?
I was fortunate to be part of the definition of these values, so I will proudly stand by them all. If I were to pick one, I feel the excitement all the time. We are solving an important problem with a new technology. In my most excited moments I will claim we are making history!
And if you ever wonder what the purpose of it all is, you can get in the car and drive to one of our parks and see what it all amounts to in the end.
What has been your best experience so far at European Energy?
Since I started, we have made two company trips.
Three days, two nights, all inclusive, with a nice balance between professional and social activities. Being together with your colleagues in that different way, realizing who they are outside of work, that is what it is all about. 18 months in, it is no coincidence that many of my best friends are my colleagues. Also winning against some of my colleagues in padel tennis always puts a smile on my face, even though some of them used to be professional tennis players.
What do you like to do outside work?
Travelling! Especially because with all the international colleagues in EE, the best travel tips are only a 5-minute conversation away. Besides sports, I am also known to read a book or two per year and spray out some historical facts which also has my interests. I am also trying to learn Spanish because there are so many people in the company that speak Spanish.