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IEA Launches Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions to Ensure Fairness and Affordability in Policies

IEA Launches Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions to Ensure Fairness and Affordability in Policies

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  • Inclusive Leadership: The commission, led by Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera and Brazil’s Minister Alexandre Silveira, aims to ensure clean energy benefits are shared equitably.
  • Actionable Recommendations: Drawing from global best practices, the commission will develop strategies to promote fairness and affordability in energy transitions.
  • Broad Representation: The commission includes leaders from governments, international organizations, and civil society, emphasizing a diverse approach to clean energy policies.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has established a Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions to design and implement policies that create a fair and affordable energy system. This initiative aims to support global decision-makers in prioritizing equitable energy transitions.

The commission is co-chaired by Teresa Ribera, Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, and Alexandre Silveira de Oliveira, Brazil’s Minister of Mines and Energy. It includes energy, climate, and labor leaders from governments worldwide, as well as high-level representatives from international organizations, labor, Indigenous, youth, and civil society groups.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol stated, “Clean energy transitions will only succeed if their advantages are shared with all parts of society – including communities that have historically been at the margins of the energy economy. This starts with fair and equitable policies, which are the focus of this new Global Commission.

The commission will build on the 2021 recommendations from the first Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions. It will focus on ensuring all energy transition policies reflect fairness and improve energy affordability. The commission will also establish mechanisms for monitoring and measuring policy effectiveness and the broader social impacts of these transitions.

Deputy Prime Minister Ribera emphasized, “To ensure a just energy transition is a shared responsibility. The energy transition should not only be a change in the color of electrons or molecules but also an opportunity to ensure access to affordable energy, reduce inequalities, and generate redistributive economic opportunities.

Minister Silveira added, “Global energy leaders must commit to making this transition just and inclusive, envisioning it as a new model of economic and social development to ensure that no one is left behind.

The commission’s first meeting will be in October at the G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial Meeting in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. The issues discussed will be a significant focus at the G20 and COP30, both under Brazil’s Presidency.

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Members of the commission include:

  • Government Representatives: Jonathan Wilkinson (Canada), Omar Andrés Camacho (Colombia), Diego Pardow Lorenzo (Chile), Dan Jorgensen (Denmark), Jennifer Morgan (Germany), Arifin Tasrif (Indonesia), Fareed Yasseen (Iraq), Zulfiya Suleimenova (Kazakhstan), Sang-hyup Kim (Korea), Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Nigeria), Paulina Hennig-Kloska (Poland), Maria da Graça Carvalho (Portugal).
  • International and Civil Society Representatives: Hadiza Abdulmumini, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, John W. H. Denton AO, Chief Sharleen Gale, Selwin Hart, Gilbert F. Houngbo, Helena Leurent, Zingiswa Losi, Sheila Oparaocha, Ayisha Siddiqa, Luc Triangle, Laurence Tubiana.

This diverse and inclusive leadership aims to ensure that the transition to clean energy is equitable and beneficial for all.


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