“Nobody can cease” renewable progress, stresses IRENA chief

Published on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 08:11

“No one can cease this progress”: Renewable energies will proceed to develop, regardless of the difficulties, however the world should go quicker whether it is to fulfill its local weather targets, the director of the International Energy Agency renewable power advised AFP.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world has been in an power disaster, and a few European nations specifically are doing the whole lot to make sure their provide of oil and particularly fuel.

“In the brief time period, it should have an effect,” acknowledged IRENA’s director normal, Francesco La Camera, in an interview with AFP at COP27 on Egypt’s local weather.

“But within the medium and long run, there is no such thing as a different choice however to speed up decarbonisation. Because in the end renewables will not be solely good for the local weather, jobs, GDP, however are an actual manner to make sure power independence,” he stated.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg additionally highlighted this new strategic path on Tuesday, insisting that renewable transfers are “good for our safety”.

For Francesco La Camera, the United States can also be in no hazard of backsliding on its clear power decisions, lately bolstered by the large funding plans of President Joe Biden, who simply confronted mid-term elections.

“During the earlier administration (Trump), coal-fired energy vegetation have been already closed within the United States,” the Italian famous.

“The market is the engine. The market is already clearly saying that we’re transferring in direction of a system supplemented by renewables and hydrogen, primarily inexperienced. Nobody can cease this progress,” he predicted.

“The query is the place we’re going however how briskly and what scale,” he added, nonetheless.

IRENA calculated in a report launched for COP27 that the power transition was not on observe to fulfill the Paris Agreement’s purpose of holding world warming beneath +2°C if attainable at +1.5°C in comparison with the pre-industrial period.

“Statistics say we should double ambitions between now and 2030”, underlines Mr. La Camera.

Countries around the globe are literally concentrating on 5.4 terawatts (TW) of put in renewable electrical energy capability by this time-frame, representing simply half of the ten.8 TW wanted to fulfill local weather commitments.

– “Unprecedented Potential” –

Africa, the place the COP is being held this 12 months, is especially lagging behind when it comes to what it can obtain with entry to the solar.

According to a report by BloombergNEF ( BNEF ), funding in renewables has fallen to an 11-year low in 2021. The continent captured solely 0.6% of worldwide funding within the sector.

“Africa has unprecedented potential. They can produce 1,000 occasions the electrical energy and power they want. This continent is an unimaginable powerhouse,” enthused the pinnacle of IRENA.

“But we have to assessment the best way we cooperate. Without the fitting bodily and authorized infrastructure, Africa can’t develop, can’t transfer in direction of a clear power system,” he added.

He additionally warned towards the temptation to depend on new fossil power initiatives to develop, a dream cherished by a number of nations similar to Senegal or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr La Camera urges that it’s “within the continent’s curiosity to leap on the brand new practice” as a substitute of “sticking to previous expertise”.

According to him, Africa might thus profit from hundreds of thousands of recent jobs and acceleration of its development.

“But this can solely be carried out when developed nations are ready to help, facilitate and work with Africans to make this attainable,” he concluded.


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