Minister urges countries to speed up energy transition
Climate disruption/energy transition – Communiqué issued by Mme Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
Paris, 20 January 2015
At the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), I recalled the efforts made by France to carry out an exemplary energy transition and I encouraged all the countries present (130 representatives) to play an active role in preparing the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
I emphasized renewable energy’s role in the fight against climate disruption and the need to continue the investment and innovation effort to ensure development.
During my visit to the World Future Energy Summit exhibition, I invited numerous French manufacturers present to continue their innovation efforts and international partnerships to enable practical solutions to be presented at the Paris conference.
I stressed the need for each country swiftly to provide an ambitious national contribution setting out its commitments and the actions it intends to carry out to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in the run-up to the Paris conference.
I invited IRENA to support developing countries in preparing these renewable energy commitments.
I lent my support to the three concrete initiatives promoted by IRENA: small islands’ energy independence, the development of interconnections in Africa to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy, and the development of geothermal energy. I organized a working meeting led by the President of Iceland, the Director-General of IRENA and interested countries to develop geothermal energy, only 6% of whose potential is currently being exploited.
On the government’s behalf, I signed a partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates to develop renewable energy worldwide.
I visited the sustainable city of Masdar, which is at the cutting edge of innovative sustainable development solutions.
Given the fall in oil prices, I recalled that importing countries must take advantage of this reduction to invest the savings made in energy efficiency and renewable energy./.