Global commission to examine geopolitics of energy transformation
January 15, 2018
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation to examine the 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.
The Commission, established with the support of the governments of Germany, Norway and the United Arab Emirates, will be chaired by Mr. Olafur Grimsson, the former President of Iceland.
“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,” he said. “Understanding these changing dynamics in a way that informs policy makers, 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 twelve leaders and experts on international energy and global security issues, with particular emphasis given to ensuring diverse geographical and expert background representation.
The Commission will present its report at the 9th Session of the IRENA Assembly in January 2019.