Søren Hermansen (He/Him)

Title and Workplace

Manager at Samsø Energy Academy


Samsø, Denmark


Areas of Expertise

Program Participation

Søren is a local islander – born and raised on Samsø in Denmark. He has been the driving force in the transition towards 100% renewable energy for the entire island. Samsø was elected to be the Danish renewable energy island back in 1997. Søren was the first employed staff member, and he has been involved in all stages of the booming energy transformation.

Søren is a farmer of education, but most importantly, he is a local that coordinates with other farmers and citizens of the island to get involved and engaged in the transition through joint ownership and responsible participation. Yimby – “yes, in my back yard” is short for the acceptance of windmills and other installations in your neighbourhood.

Today, Søren is leading the Samsø Energy Academy – a place for learning, meeting, and networking for the future energy transition. Søren works locally and globally as a writer, speaker, and organizer.

Please answer the questions below:

Why do you like mentoring with ICE?

It is close to my heart to learn and use the knowledge of being local. I believe in decentralized action and the involvement of people. ICE is just that. It makes a lot of sense for me to be involved. I can bring my own experience, and I can see a direct impact in the dialogue with the members of the ICE community.

The art of creating a good meeting!

Who would you like to mentor with ICE?

Community leaders and citizens of the nations involved and the members of the regional governments to make connections and sense in the future of energy sustainable solutions.

People who want to learn and share!