Meet the Team – Maria Puente
MEET THE TEAM – MARÍA PUENTE
- What is your role in BNZ?
My role at BNZ as Finance Director is to oversee and support the entire team in all aspects of the company’s finances.
- How long have you been working in the renewable energy sector?
I started by chance 15 years ago and I can’t be more grateful for that beautiful chance.
- How do you think the sector has changed in these years?
In recent years, the change has been more than substantial. When I started in the sector, renewable energy was something that was hardly talked about. Hardly anyone was interested in it and it was seen as unthinkable and mattered to very few. Even the brave ones who took the plunge did not know what the future held.
- What are the main challenges for the sector in the coming years? And in the long term?
Overcoming the challenges we are currently facing and being able to innovate to keep improving things. In Spain, for example, we have an admirable know-how that must continue to be strengthened.
- What does BNZ have that its competitors don’t?
We have a wonderful team that takes things very seriously to move the project forward, but always from a social and sustainable perspective. What sets us apart is our concern for collective well-being.
- How do you see BNZ in 5 years?
As a benchmark of things well done.
- Which countries are making greater efforts for photovoltaic energy?
We are all looking at China and the US, but I think many smaller countries do not want to be left behind and are making great efforts.
- What would you ask the public administration to promote this type of clean energy?
I believe that public administrations should show more clarity and ensure stability.
- And the citizens?
We should not ignore when it comes to issues that have to do with the future of our planet. We need accurate information about the consequences of not being socially responsible.
- What do you do in your day to day to reduce your carbon footprint?
I try to walk or take public transport whenever I can. At home we are very concerned about recycling, although it can be a bit tedious at first, you end up making it a routine. I remember the first time I came home and told my mother that we should start recycling. She thought it was a great idea and I love how she takes it to heart and doesn’t miss the opportunity to Instil it in people she knows who don’t do it.
- A hobby: Travelling and playing the piano.
- A country to travel to: Italy, no matter where you go, always makes you fall in love.
- A city to live in: Madrid
- An animal: The giraffe
- A movie: Any, as long as it’s at home with my family.
- A book: ‘Los renglones torcidos de Dios’, from Torcuato Luca de Tena.
- A type of cuisine: My mother’s, what else!
- A colour: Blue