The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), on Sunday launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
The Commission will examine the immediate and longer-term geopolitical implications of global energy transformation driven by large scale-up of renewable energy in the context of global efforts to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development. Read more…
Speaking at the launch of the Commission, IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, said: “The global energy landscape is witnessing rapid and disruptive change that will have far reaching effects on geopolitical dynamics.”
Amin continued: “Renewable energy resources are abundant, sustainable and have the power to significantly improve energy access, security and independence.
“At the same time, the large-scale deployment of variable sources of renewable energy such as solar PV and wind, is fostering greater cross-border energy trade and cooperation between nations. Understanding these changing dynamics in a way that informs policy makers, will be the primary goal of the commission.”
The role of the Commission
While most geopolitical analyses of energy related issues have focused on conventional fuels such as oil and gas, the Commission will review the implications of the on-going global energy transformation underpinned by the surge in renewables and report on how it would impact the geopolitics of energy based on rigorous and credible evidence.
The Commission chaired by Olafur Grimsson, the former President of Iceland, will be composed by twelve leaders and experts on international energy and global security issues, with particular emphasis given to ensuring diverse geographical and expert background representation.
“I am delighted to chair the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, and congratulate IRENA on this timely initiative,” said Grimsson.
“The geopolitical implications of energy transformation is becoming one of the most debated issues in the global energy agenda. The Commission can make an important contribution to these global discussions, on the basis of solid evidence and analysis as well as a diverse range of perspectives,” Grimsson added.
The Commission will present its report at the 9th Session of the IRENA Assembly in January 2019.
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