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New commission to tackle energy transformation geopolitics

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) yesterday launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates.

Unveiled during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the commission will examine the immediate and long-term geopolitical implications of the global energy transformation, as à‚ driven by increase in renewables as part of efforts to tackle climate change.

It will be chaired byOlafur Grimsson, the former President of Iceland. Grimsson said 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”.New commission to tackle energy transformation geopolitics

“The global energy landscape is witnessing rapid and disruptive change that will have far reaching effects on geopolitical dynamics,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General. “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 policymakers, will be the primary goal 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 ongoing 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 will be composed by 12 leaders and experts on international energy and global security issues, with particular emphasis given to ensuring diverse geographical and expert background representation. It will present its report at the 9th Session of the IRENA Assembly in January 2019.