Renewables' geopolitical impact investigated

WORLDWIDE: A new commission will examine the effect green power growth will have on the world's political landscape.

The former president of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson, will chair the commission (pic: Árni Torfason for PopTech)
The former president of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson, will chair the commission (pic: Árni Torfason for PopTech)

The former president of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson, will chair the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation, which is being backed by the governments of Norway, Germany, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) 

It is a sign that the world leaders are acknowledging renewable energy's potential impact on the wider geopolitical levels, in short- and long-term timeframes.

"The global energy landscape is witnessing rapid and disruptive change that will have far-reaching effects on geopolitical dynamics," said Irena director-general Adnan Amin

"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 policy makers, will be the primary goal of the commission," he added.

The commission will involve 12 experts on international energy and security issues, and will report at the ninth session of Irena's assembly in January 2019.

"The geopolitical implications of energy transformation are becoming one of the most debated issues in the global energy agenda," added Grimsson

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