Global Electricity Leaders at COP22: Electricity, Innovation Key to Successful Implementation of the Paris Agreement

 

When: 2016

Where: Morocco

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Discuss how electricity can help successfully implement the Paris Agreement
  • Share what utilities can prioritize in order to become effect leaders in decarbonization and the energy transition

When: 2016

Where: Morocco

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

At COP22, we organized a roundtable discussion of key players from the global electricity sector who shared their views on how electricity can help successfully implement the Paris Agreement. Electricity will be at the heart of the response to the climate challenge while ensuring economic development and growth worldwide. In order to help countries meet their nationally determined contributions, electricity companies need to adopt a long-term vision, innovate, and extend their actions to related sectors (such as transportation, buildings, and industry) to be leaders in decarbonization.

Brice Lalonde, Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to the UN Global Compact and former UN Assistant Secretary-General, emphasized the importance of mobilizing business in the energy transition. Other organizations prominent in the field of sustainable energy development such as the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Énergie, the Institut de la francophonie pour le développement durable and the Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute also shared their perspectives at the conference. The conference was held on November 15, 2016.

“EDF’s strategy for 2030 is about three main axes. The first one is a digital revolution which is changing the relationship with our customers, empowering them to be owners of their technology. The second is decarbonizing the electricity mix. We can demonstrate today that decarbonized electricity is available and affordable. The third is innovating in financing renewable energy. Green bonds are now part of our toolbox.”

Claude Nahon, Senior Vice President of Sustainable Development, EDF

“Digitalization will play a key role in managing renewables and distributed generation. Customers will represent millions of small plants. This fuel substitution will entail an increase in the value of transmission and distribution networks and infrastructure. The change is not only technological but also cultural. Efforts are needed to create a favourable regulatory environment to accelerate R&D and take into account this proliferation of new generators.”

Daniele Agostini, Head of Low Carbon and European Energy Policies, Enel

“Hydro-Québec is a utility that is already 99.8% renewable. However, we are also contributing to transportation electrification, as the transportation sector accounts for over 40% of the province’s emissions. We are also exporting a significant amount of our renewable energy to neighbouring markets. This is our contribution to decarbonization and helping to transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Mr. Besner. “Finally, we partner with leaders in the sector to develop battery storage technologies that can help us move further towards decarbonization.”

André Besner, Head of Sustainable Development, Hydro-Québec

Participating members and partners

  • EDF
  • Enel
  • Hydro-Québec
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