New Geopolitics: Commission on the Global Consequences of Renewable Energy Transformation
Berlin, Germany: Global leaders from across the spheres of energy, foreign policy, trade, development and business have been announced as members of the newly formed Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. The Commission was launched in January during the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and its work is supported by the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
The former President of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson will lead the Commission as Chair. Members of the Commission include prominent government and business leaders from the United States, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Brazil and Russia and other countries.
The line-up was announced on the second day of the annual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), hosted by the German Federal Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Economy and Energy. The Commission will meet for the first time during the BETD to establish a roadmap towards the development an authoritative report to be released during IRENA’s next Assembly taking place in Abu Dhabi, in January.
“This Commission represents a truly formidable body of global leaders who will bring rigour, critical thinking, and a broad range of perspectives to the table as we analyse the potential effects of a renewables-based energy system on national and global politics,” said Commission Chair Olafur Grimsson. “As a result, this Commission’s work will be a robust assessment of the evolving geopolitics of energy as we move towards the post-carbon era.”
The Commissioners will bring professional perspectives from nations across the world and will reflect insights from traditional energy exporters, and net energy importers alike. Countries at various stages of renewable energy exploration and development are also represented in the Commission’s membership. The Commission will be supported by an expert panel of renowned academics.
“The shift to renewable energy is proving to be one of the most positively transformational trends of our age. Renewables offer a cost-effective pathway to poverty reduction, increased energy access and economic growth whilst reducing energy-related emissions,” said Adnan Z. Amin, “As we move towards a more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised energy system, and scale-up renewables in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, countries will need to better understand the nature of the evolving geopolitical landscape, so as to ensure prosperity and peace.”
The full list of Commission members and expert panel members, includes:
- Former President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson (Chair)
- Former Vice President for Renewable Energy at Kind Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy, Saudi Arabia, Khalid M. Al-Sulaiman
- Director-General of IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin
- Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Anatoly Chubais
- Former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres
- Former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer
- Former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy
- Former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes
- Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, Murray McCully
- Former Minister of Trade from Indonesia, Mari Pangestu
- Former EU Commissioner for Energy and for Development, Andris Piebalgs
- Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Executive Vice President, International Affairs, ENI, Lapo Pistelli
- Former Secretary of State for Climate Change of Spain, Teresa Ribera
- Former US Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson
- Former Minister of the Environment in Brazil, Izabella Teixeira
- Former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Maria van der Hoeven
- Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Statoil, Eirik Wærness
- Chief Executive and Founder of Envision Energy, Lei Zhang
- Deputy Director-General for Energy and Climate Policy and Export Control at the German Federal Foreign office, Peter Fischer
- Policy Director for Energy and Climate, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hans Olav Ibrekk
- Assistant Under Secretary for Electricity and Future Energy, Ministry of Energy and Industry, HE Eng. Fatima AlFoora AlShamsi
The full list of expert panel members, and further information about the Commission can be found at www.geopoliticsofrenewables.org.
About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 156 Members (155 States and the European Union) and 25 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. www.irena.org