Welcome to Ieabcc
The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Agreement stands for a clean source of energy. These days, there are too many things that use fossil fuel. Factory machines, vehicles, generators—these are some examples. The result is a thinning of the ozone layer. And in essence, this has led to greater chance of climate change all over the world.
With this in mind, a group of businesses have come together. Their goal is to campaign for less fossil fuel use in industries.
I was proud to be part of the project. It was a driving force to promote clean, sustainable energy. I was scouted by one of my mentors in college. Dr. Steiner was quite well-known for writing in the alternative energy field.
Project’s campaign division
Dr. Steiner heads the project’s campaign division. I was taken in to be one of the more junior writers. With me was Colin Mars, another one of the doctor’s students. We also had two researchers. The senior researcher, Alfred Summers, was an old classmate in college. The junior researcher, Julia Lamb, was a fresh grad from Caltech.
Our division worked from one of the city’s commercial complexes. This was where the magic happens. Julia took care of the bulk of research—mostly the minor things. Her data goes through Summers first. Once Summers approves it, Colin and I puts it all together. We come up with many proposals. These are then pitched to the whole team.
After the pitch, we all discuss a viable campaign. Everyone has an input on what the result would be. But Dr. Steiner has the final word on things. Still, he rarely uses his power. He likes to listen quietly as we pit one idea against the other. From time to time, he would cut into the midst of an argument. He’d mediate, picking out good points from both opinions. He would weigh the pros and cons, making suggestions as he went.
New senior researcher
It made him a great leader, and one that glues the whole team together.
A few months after our team was given the green light, new staff came in. Jamal came first. He was a junior reporter, one who is much welcomed. One of the team’s projects was to create a news site. There were also planned scripts for web video clips. This was another goal. We plan to put together short video clips to put in social media. These clips would help teach people all the good things about bioenergy.
The second one was a woman named Cindy. At least, that’s her English name. Being Korean, she had likely had a name that was hard to remember. Cindy is a new senior researcher for the team. Dr. Steiner has said that she was at the top of her class. Among the younger ones, she was close to being an authority on bioenergy.
Work went on as planned in our current HQ. But once funding grew in size, we were transferred. Now that we had a bigger office, we had a chance to get more staff. More funding, too. As it was now, we had financial support from the founders. We also had support from universities. This often came in the form of donations and fund raisers.
We hoped to get more staff soon. After all, we were the lifeline of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Agreement. A few years from now, I hope to become a lead writer in the field. But before I get there, I needed to go back to school. In our group, lead writers needed at least a Master’s degree.
I was sure I wouldn’t change my mind on work. In fact, I was quite happy where I was. I can write on about something that excites me. Something I feel deeply about. And from what I can see, Dr. Steiner has not had any reason to have me transferred. He also does not have a reason to let me go.
A few more months had passed at the campaign division. And I was still here. It was close to a year since we were founded. Our sponsors had seen fit to fund our first annual team building session as well.
We were often busy with research and writing. So it was agreed for us to have a whole week set aside for team building sessions. We were quite lucky this year too. This is due to the fact that the sponsors gave us a lot of funding for team building. We had it cleared to have our team building in Japan.
I’ve never been there, though I was quite familiar with the culture. I also did not have a passport yet. It was about time I took care of it. Other than that, I had to give my folks a heads up. They worry when I don’t make a visit every three days.
Applying for a passport did not take too long. It was more convenient now. I heard that back in the old days, you had to go through long lines. Or maybe I was lucky. I may have applied on a less busy week.
After a few days, I got my first passport. I made sure to clean up nicely for the picture. You don’t get to have a passport capture taken all that often. Like a proud first owner, I showed it off at work. I got a few canned cheers for that. Funny people, my co-workers.
When it came time for our departure, my mother over packed my luggage. This was often the case when I went away on long trips. As usual, I had to unpack the luggage to remove anything I did not need.
We touched down at Japan on a sunny afternoon. We were stationed at Nagoya, rather than Tokyo. From what I’ve heard, Nagoya is a better place to be. It was less congested that Tokyo, for one. Some also say there are better sights in Nagoya.
Cindy felt right at home. This was despite the fact that Japan was much different from Korea. As far as seniority went, Cindy was right in the middle. She also had a very perky personality. You could say that she is our team’s mood maker.
We had just unpacked, but Julia was already busy with work. She was researching on Japan’s stand regarding bioenergy. Other subjects she looked up include sustainability, and the peoples’ attitude to clean energy. Julia was quite devoted to her job. Bu at times, some of us think she’s a little too devoted.
The good Dr. Steiner was trying to get her to lighten up. So far, he has not had any success. Once she got started, it could be a challenge getting Julia to let go of work.
We left Julia to her devices and went out to bathe. As it turned out, the inn we stayed at had a hot spring bath.
Once we finished bathing, we got together for a meeting. The main concern was how to improve visibility of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Agreement. We were also to research more on efficient alternatives for energy. Another strategy that we hoped to make use of is to award companies for using bioenergy sources. This was so we could enjoin more companies to switch to a more sustainable resource.
There was also a scheduled installation of a hydroelectric power plant here in Nagoya. We hoped to join the symposium to observe. Other events on our plate include Honda’s plan to release more hybrid cars that made use of bioenergy.
One more event was a seminar on bioenergy in Nagoya University. Dr. Steiner was invited as guest speaker on that seminar. He hoped to find more hopefuls that we could recruit in the team. Other than that, he also hoped to promote the campaign division. Added funding never hurt, and we were still in need of it.
After the meeting, we went for lunch. We found a small Japanese restaurant to have lunch in. They served a lot of foods that I have only read of in books. But Julia was still at it, busy on research. She would look at her tablet in between every bite. From time to time, she would also write something on a small notebook.
Colin and I were expected to sort through her findings later on. These days, we were cleared to look through Julia’s research. We did not need to wait for Summers’ approval. I suppose it’s one of the perks of being senior writers. Which makes me wonder, where are our new junior writers?
I broached the topic to Dr. Steiner. He said he was looking into a few new students that he found at the university. He was also hoping to look into a few people he could scout at Nagoya’s university. Though, that might cost a little more. For one, he’d need to clear them for working visas.
I mulled over that news. I thought it would be a good time to catch up on my studies later on.