The members of the newly-formed Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation have been announced.
They include the former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy; Ex-US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson; Statoil chief economist Eirik Wærness and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin. It will be led by former Iceland president Olafur Grimsson.
The commission was launched in January during the Assembly of IRENA and its work is supported by the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.
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.
Grimsson said the 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”.
“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 both traditional energy exporters and net energy importers. Countries at various stages of renewable energy exploration and development are also represented in the commission’s membership.
“The shift to renewable energy is proving to be one of the most positively transformational trends of our age,” said Adnan Z. Amin. “Renewables offer a cost-effective pathway to poverty reduction, increased energy access and economic growth whilst reducing energy-related emissions.”,
“As we move towards a more decarbonised, decentralized and digitized 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.”